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Our ability to read, write, speak and listen well is vital to our personal, social and professional development – and it all starts when we’re kids. Literacy skills underpin all aspects of the school curriculum, so children must develop a strong grasp of these skills if they are to make the most of their learning and unlock their potential.
Specialists in Coventry University’s Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement are focusing their research on finding new and novel ways to help those experiencing difficulties with literacy to overcome them, as well as advancing theoretical perspectives of reading and writing.
Researchers from the centre are often called up on to assess real-world programmes, and much of this activity involves working closely with school kids, educational bodies and charities such as the Reading Agency and the National Literacy Trust. Our experts also work with publishers and producers of literacy learning materials as part of their research.
Our academics understanding of and research around the sounds, rhythms and structures of spoken language recently informed the development of a new series of children’s reading books for key stage 1 of the national curriculum, and they have also undertaken an evaluation of the effectives of a national literacy programme aimed at supporting families with home learning.
Other areas around literacy development being explored by the centre include the difficulties shown by children with dyslexia, the effects of oral language or hearing impairments on learning, and the role of technology in literacy and how this impacts on the way children are interacting with language.