MY RESEARCH VISION
My research aims to look at how the changing digital world impacts upon learning and literacy practices. Digital technology is constantly evolving and engaging more and more people from a variety of backgrounds, thus I am interested in examining how this is impacting upon people of all ages and how digital technology can be harnessed to improve learning.
Sam Waldron graduated from Aston University with a BSc in Human Psychology in 2010. She originally started working as a research assistant based at Coventry University, within the Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement, and has recently been promoted to senior research assistant. Her research interests focus mainly on the impact of new technologies upon language skills in both children and adults.
- Wood, C., Kemp, N., & Waldron, S. (2014) Exploring the longitudinal relationships between the use of grammar in text messaging and performance on grammatical tasks. British Journal of Development Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/bjdp.12049.
- Wood, C., Kemp, N., Waldron, S., & Hart, L. (2014). Grammatical understanding, literacy and text messaging in school children and undergraduate students: A concurrent analysis. Computers and Education. , 70, 281-290. DOI:10.1016/j.compedu.2013.09.003.
- Kemp, N., Wood, C,. & Waldron, S. (2014). do i know its wrong: children’s and adults’ use of unconventional grammar in text messaging. Reading and Writing. DOI 10.1007/s11145-014-9508-1.
- Holliman, A. J., Williams, G. J., Mundy, I. R., Wood, C., Hart, L., & Waldron, S. (2013). Beginning to disentangle the prosody-literacy relationship: A multi-component measure of prosodic sensitivity. Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal. DOI: 10.1007/s11145-013-9443-6.
- Evaluation of teaching assistant based small group support for literacy: Evaluation of the impact of technology based reading activities in KS1 .
- Chatterbooks Evaluation: Evaluation of the impact of chatterbooks sessions run in primary schools across the West Midlands .
- Chatterbooks for Secondary Schools: An 18 month project evaluating and extending the Reading Agency's Chatterbooks reading groups as a mechanism for raising reading achievement in underachieving secondary school pupils .
- Investigating the interrelationships between grammatical development and text messaging: A longitudinal study with primary, secondary and adult participants, looking at the impact of text messaging on grammar.