Essays on Governance and Performance Management - Reading and Literacy Skills in Children Case Study

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The paper 'Governance and Performance Management - Reading and Literacy Skills in Children " is a good example of a management case study. The goal of the new commonwealth government to encourage parents to read to their children at least 20 minutes every day follows a needs assessment in the recent past. The results of the survey studies show that parents have a lot of influence over the development of their children and enable them to interface with the world. In a world that is changing rapidly, parenting has become a competitive sport with the government becoming part of the fads and changing styles.

As delineated by science, the needs of child development remain relatively stable. Good parental engagement leads to better behavioral outcomes in children. Parents are the first teachers of their children and whatever they do has a lasting impact on the literacy and reading skills of their children. Early educational experiences such as number games, learning nursery rhymes and playing word games stimulate the development of minds in children (Chase, 2013). This means that parents can share the enthusiasm about books and reading and as a result deepen the interest in learning to read.

This report develops and justifies a persuasive strategy, translates it into a portfolio and accompanying governance and performance management framework based on known approaches and standards. 1.1 Vision, mission and values Vision: To become the leading country with the highest levels of reading and literacy skills in children Mission: To create and maintain positive relationships between parents and their children To develop home environments as places which are literacy-rich and abundant To increase out-of-school reading time among children Values: Honesty, integrity, consistency, reliability, and sustainability 1.2 Developing a persuasive strategy Doctors prescribe reading activities among parents to be done loudly to their young children.

The essence is to connect language development with good evidence and persuade parents that the results of their actions are scientific and will yield positive outcomes in their children. From a national survey carried out, less than half of parents allocate time to read or share a picture book with their children aged 1-3 years on a daily basis. Alarmingly, one in every six parents does not read a picture book to their children at all.

The rich-picture strategy is used to better illustrate the interrelationships between the various stakeholders involved in this change process (Monk & Howard, 1998). The rich-picture not only represents the problem situation but also presents a mental map. Some of the structures are slow-to-change factors, connections between the factors, and parts of the processes as shown in the figure below.


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