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

$10,000.00 (excl GST)

$10,000.00 Regional Hub Project Fund

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

A report prepared by Clare Hazledine and Mary Silvester.

(PDF, 453 KB, 8-pages).

  • 30 April 2012
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Tool

Cracking the Reading Code: Tutor Guide

A tutor guide prepared by Clare Hazledine and Mary Silvester.

(PDF, 290 KB, 8-pages).

  • 20 August 2012
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Tool

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

A reading guide prepared by Clare Hazledine and Mary Silvester.

(PDF, 865 KB, 18-pages).

  • 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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