How can you tell which educational practices or programs are likely to help your child and which ones aren’t? In the present environment where the public is bombarded with information on programs offering to address the problems of students with learning difficulties, there is a need for authoritative comment, based on empirical evidence, to either support or question the effectiveness of such programs.

There are two different sources for briefings linked to this page.  

1. Nomanis Notes 

A series of single page briefings on relevant educational topics likely to be of interest to parents, teachers and other professionals, with particular reference to learning difficulties. Some are updated versions of the MUSEC Briefings.

  • Nomanis Note #1: Is it a scam? (September 2017)
  • Nomanis Note #2: What is direct instruction? (October 2017)
  • Nomanis Note #3: Is the concept of learning styles useful? (October 2018)
  • Nomanis Note #4: Are decodable books preferable to predictable books in helping children learn to read? (November 2018)
  • Nomanis Note #5: Does classroom seating influence classroom behaviour? (December 2018)
  • Nomanis Note #6: Is behavioural momentum an effective means of reducing non-compliance? (January 2019)
  • Nomanis Note #7: Is the use of response cards an effective strategy? (February 2019)
  • Nomanis Note #8: Do memory training programs improve the learning of academic skills? (March 2019)
  • Nomanis Note #9: Does music training enhance intelligence and learning to read? (April 2019)

2. Macquarie University Special Education Centre (MUSEC) Briefings

(Which are now archived with permission on the SPELFABET website https://www.spelfabet.com.au/research/caution/musec-briefings/)

MUSEC Briefings, by the Macquarie University Special Education Centre, 2005-2018, were provided as a community service to inform members of the public about the evidence base for a variety of educational practices. 

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