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What is LiRIL

While there is plenty of knowledge available about how children become literate in Western languages such as English, there is a paucity of research in this area as regards Indian languages. Literacy Research in Indian Languages is a first-of-its-kind long-term research project aiming to understand in depth how children acquire literacy in Indian languages. The project is being undertaken in two Indian Language sites, Yadgir (for Kannada) and Sonale (for Marathi).
The project is being headed by Dr. Shailaja Menon  from Azim Premji University and is funded bySir Ratan Tata Trust . The organization Kalike is involved in conducting the study on the Kannada site at Yadgir.
Scale of study
The Project aims to track 360 children from Wada Taluka from Grade 1 to Grade 5. Data is collected twice a year from each child on a one-to-one basis with the help of a tool measuring children’s performance on various skills and tasks related to literacy. In addition, some classrooms, children and teachers within the sample have been identified for more focused qualitative investigation.
Components of LiRIL
  • Quantitative data collection
  • Small-scale qualitative studies with children
  • Comprehension task
  • Classrom Observations of children
  • Teacher Interviews
  • Case Study
  • Curricular Analysis