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Our research links theoretical perspectives of learning to read and write with more practical intervention work. Literacy skills underpin all areas of the curriculum and it is essential that children are enabled to achieve all that they can in primary school, in order to unlock their potential across the curriculum at secondary school. To that end we focus on a range of different themes, including:
Much of our research focuses on literacy interventions, often working closely with partners such as the Educational Endowment Foundation, the Reading Agency or the National Literacy Trust to assess ‘real world’ programmes. This work is backed up with our theoretically oriented work focusing on the role of oral language skills and personality factors in reading development and difficulties.
Reading, literacy, writing, phonology, morphology, dyslexia, language impairment
Reading, literacy and reading development
Literacy development, dynamic assessment, alternative approaches to education
Reading and spelling development, morphology, hearing impairment/deafness and dyslexia
Cyberbullying, children and young people use of social media and educational psychology practice
Childrens literacy and evaluation methodologies
Dialogic reading, violence and interpersonal aggression reading development and interventions
Language impairment, reading comprehension and bilingualism
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We hold regular public engagement events, particularly for teachers and educational practitioners. If you would like to receive information about these, please email Emma Vardy.
March 29th - Sharing Knowledge Event
This project is a randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a reading intervention aimed at Key Stage 1 in primary schools, running from Sept 2014 – July 2016.
An evaluation of KAIROS WWT prison in-reach project delivered at HMP Peterborough and Floating Support Service.
A project working with men in prison, some of whom have been convicted for a firearm offence, and also working with men in the community who have served time for a firearm related offence.
In partnership with Coventry University Black & Minority Ethnic Staff Network, Dr. Geraldine Brown hosted a series of seminars to mark Black History Month.
Robin Dunbar, University of Oxford will present 'Why Facebook won't get you anymore friends', tackling the stability of relationships.