Reading: Global Focus on Science and Solutions
As a result of the international Millennium Development Goals commitments, there has been a significant increase in school enrolment globally, yet millions of children across the world are unable to read a single word even after up to four years of schooling (UNESCO, 2014). This global learning crisis has triggered a narrower focus on education access to include enhanced quality of learning. AIR is focused on improving the quality of learning outcomes by enhancing the science of reading, while developing solutions for the global learning crisis.
Our approach relies on the integrative cycle of research, program design, technical assistance, and capacity building. Main areas of emphasis include multilingual reading, mother tongue-based education, assessments for reading and writing, and community participation.
AIR’s reading work addresses a range of key stakeholder interests, including
- research to inform program design and policy development;
- systematic reviews and meta-analyses;
- qualitative research; and
- rigorous impact evaluations.
Our reading experts provide scientifically-grounded technical assistance for developing reading standards and assessments, curriculum design, teacher training, teaching and learning materials development, community mobilization, and instructional delivery systems strengthening throughout the world.
Woven throughout the research and technical assistance activities is a strong emphasis on capacity building in terms of research design, data collection and analysis, and teacher preparation. Commitment to completing the loop from research to impact means providing scalable and sustainable literacy solutions for the international development community.