Research and Evaluation
Knowledge Management at the Core of CASME's Operations
The Classroom Library Project was funded and managed by VVOB. in close collaboration with Professor Brahm Fleisch. The project was completed in close collaboration with the ELITS Directorate of KZNDoE and CASME (commissioned for implementation).
Professor Brahm Fleisch prepared this report. Professor Volker Schӧer undertook the
statistical analysis of the learner interview dataset. Sam Sapire assisted with the preparation
of the Data Management Chart and teacher datasets. Descriptions of implementation and
data collection have been drawn from the CASME management reports.
Considerable progress has been made in understanding how to improve the taching of early grade reading, using combined component models or the education triple cocktail.
(Piper et al, 2018, Fleisch, 2018).
This study reports on a randomized control trial that was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of the Classroom Library model. The intention of the Classroom Library model is to increase access to appropriate level storybooks for rural Foundation Phase learners in South Africa, and to increase reading of those books. There is a growing body of evidence that has shown the importance of independent reading for the development of fluency and comprehension (Toppings et al, 2007).