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The Power of Pictures: Changing practice through research

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University of Greenwich,

David Fussey Building, Southwood Site, Avery Hill Road

Eltham

SE9 2UG

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The Power of Pictures is a teacher development programme, co-written by The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) and author/illustrator Ed Vere, which has been developed over the last six years. Through our 40-year history of working with schools, we know at CLPE that picturebooks and illustration are an important part of all children’s reading experience and we wanted to build an evidence base to help us develop pedagogy and practice in this area.

The programme has now grown into a widely used website of free resources and a research project involving nearly 2000 children across the country. The project was developed over the first three years with support from Arts Council England and is now part of the Education Endowment Foundation’s Learning About Culture Trial.

The programme gives in-service teachers specialist training from published author-illustrators and CLPE expert teachers, helping them develop their understanding of how to read pictures and the craft of picturebook creation as a way of raising children’s achievement in literacy. Teachers attend training days, working directly with author-illustrators and learning related techniques to use in their own teaching.

This lecture will share the summary of findings from our research so far and investigate the process we have undertaken to ensure that the Power of Pictures is evidence based, transforming practice in classrooms, bringing meaningful experiences to children and improving outcomes. We will investigate practical strategies developed through the project as well as data collected from the evaluation, including impact on teacher’s subject knowledge and attitudes to reading and writing picturebooks with older children and, in turn, those of their children. Central to this will be the exploration of a model for an authentic writing process created during the project, drawn from processes used by authors which can be replicated in the classroom, giving time and space for children to play with ideas prior to creating, reflecting on and publishing writing using words and pictures.

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