Raising Literacy Achievement in High-Poverty Schools

An Evidence-Based Approach

By Eithne Kennedy

© 2013 – Routledge

298 pages

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Hardback: 9780415540049
pub: 2014-01-13
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About the Book

This book shares lessons gleaned from a two-year intervention in a high-poverty school, which was highly successful in significantly narrowing the literacy achievement gap and in raising children’s motivation and engagement in literacy both inside and outside school. Kennedy argues that there is much that disadvantaged schools can do to close the gap, but this is more likely to occur when a research-based approach to instruction (with a dual emphasis on cognitive skills and motivation and engagement), assessment and professional development is undertaken.


'Kennedy has produced one of those rare things: a book that deserves equally to be read by researchers, practitioners, managers, policy makers, and teacher educators. It is both scholarly and pragmatic, it is beautifully written and offers importnant and timely lessons for each of thee core groups. I would urge everyone to read it.'- Sue Ellis, University of Strathclyde, Literacy UKLA

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About the Author

Eithne Kennedy is a teacher educator specialising in literacy education at St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin, where she teaches on a range of literacy courses at under-graduate and post-graduate levels.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Education

This series aims to present the latest research from right across the field of education. It is not confined to any particular area or school of thought and seeks to provide coverage of a broad range of topics, theories and issues from around the world.

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EDUCATION / Research