Project Details

A project completed in 2012, undertaken by Whitireia New Zealand, to develop audio-visual resources for students wanting to improve their academic reading skills and another audio-visual tool for tutors to understand the reading needs of their students.

Aims: 

The project aims were to:

  • produce audio-visual resources aimed at students who experience reading difficulties in the tertiary context
  • repackage the audio-visual resources, with accompanying notes, as a literacy resource for tutors working with students with low literacy levels
  • re-create a model session of a tutor working with a student on strategies to enable him to unpack and read an academic text
  • record the experiences of a student with dyslexia and Irlens syndrome, who used these 'disabilities' as an inspiration for courses in her creative arts degree.

Methodology:

The audio-visual resources produced by the project were evaluated and the content of each clip and the number of clips were modified as a result of feedback from students, academic advisors, educational film-makers and tutors.

Team

Whitireia

Mary Silvester

Project Leader

Whitireia New Zealand
Whitireia

Clare Hazledine

Whitireia New Zealand

Status

Completed

Funding

$0.00 (excl GST)

Key Findings

  • The audio-visual resource is a complete resource in a practical format that has been trialled with students and proven useful in improving academic reading skills.
  • Students with reading difficulties, when canvassed, stated that they were more likely to access an audio-visual resource than a text to help them learn to unpack academic texts.
  • The reading guide has been used with many classes over the last couple of years and found to be a systematic and accessible collection of effective strategies. It has been revised several times and adapted to generate a series of one-page hand-outs.
  • The tutor resource complements the video-clips and enables tutors to easily direct students to the resource as well as informing tutors.

Key Recommendations

Report

Cracking the Reading Code: An Audio-Visual Resource for Students on how to read Academic Texts

This resource, designed for both students and tutors, aims to support tertiary students in overcoming challenges related to academic reading by providing audio-visual resources, downloadable materials, and effective strategies to enhance their reading skills and promote successful study.

  • 30 April 2012
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Tool

Cracking the Reading Code: Tutor Guide

This resource aimed at illustrating effective reading strategies for academic texts, encouraging students' confidence and growth mindset, and providing tutors with tools to support students' reading comprehension and overall learning experience.

  • 20 August 2012
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Tool

Cracking the Reading Code: A guide for reading non-fiction

This resource provides strategies and techniques to enhance comprehension, identify key points, and engage with complex content, empowering readers to effectively navigate and extract meaningful information from a wide range of non-fiction texts.

  • 18 August 2012
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Video

Peri’s story

A video clip to be used with the Cracking the Reading Code project resources. 

(YouTube, 6.03 min, 240p).

  • 30 September 2012
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Video

Worried about reading?

A video clip to be used with the Cracking the Reading Code project resources. 

(YouTube, 2.06 min, 240p).

  • 30 September 2012
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Video

7 step Poutama Model

A video clip to be used with the Cracking the Reading Code project resources. 

(YouTube, 5.46 min, 240p).

  • 30 September 2012
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Video

Maria’s story

A video clip to be used with the Cracking the Reading Code project resources. 

(YouTube, 3.14 min, 240p).

  • 30 September 2012
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Video

Peri’s study tips

A video clip to be used with the Cracking the Reading Code project resources. 

(YouTube, 1.59 min, 240p).

  • 30 September 2012
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Video

Working with others

A video clip to be used with the Cracking the Reading Code project resources. 

(YouTube, 1.44 min, 240p).

  • 30 September 2012
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Video

What tutors can do

A video clip to be used with the Cracking the Reading Code project resources. 

(YouTube, 1.22 min, 240p).

  • 30 September 2012
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Video

Irlen Syndrome

A video clip to be used with the Cracking the Reading Code project resources. 

(YouTube, 2.54 min, 240p).

  • 30 September 2012
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