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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.
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This study is the first sufficiently powered examination of the relationship between genetic variation and behaviour in Fragile X Syndrome.
The Sleep and Early Cognitive Development in Down Syndrome study explores the relationship between sleep and early cognitive development in young children with Down syndrome.
The Effects of Yoga & Meditation in a Prison Environment is a study by Dr Miguel Farias, exploring how prisoners can benefit positiviely from meditative practices.
Exploring prisoners’ personal experiences of engaging in the horticultural intervention and understanding the processes by which the intervention is provided.
Dr Sarah Cassidy of the Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement has been asked to speak at the National Austistic Society, Autism and Mental Health Conference.