Dr. Luisa Tarczynski-Bowles
I graduated from Coventry University with my BSc (Hons) in Psychology in 2009. My Dissertation focused on children’s text messaging and its longitudinal effects on spelling and reading abilities in children. I started my PhD in January 2010 and my research focused on speech rhythm sensitivity (prosodic sensitivity) and reading abilities in primary school children. I developed a task to measure speech rhythm sensitivity and tested this with different age groups, to assess the involvement of prosody in children’s reading ability at different developmental stages. I finished my PhD in 2013 and continued to work on literacy related interventions/evaluation projects at Coventry University (‘Chatterbooks’, ‘Early Words Together’). Additionally, I am involved in Conservation Psychology Projects run by Dr. Jackie Abell in Livingstone, Zambia, in conjunction with ALERT (African Lion & Environmental Research Trust). As part of my role, I am also involved with international aspects of research, trying to establish and foster international relationships with collaborators and being available as a researcher for upcoming projects here in the UK, and abroad.
- Wood, C., Vardy, E., Tarczynski-Bowles, L. (2015) Final Report: Early Words Together: Impact on Families and Children. Retrieved from National Literacy Trust website.
- Wood, C., Meacham, S., Bowyer, S., Jackson, E. Tarczynski-Bowles, M.L., and Plester, B. (2011) 'A longitudinal study of the relationship between children’s text messaging and literacy development'. British Journal of Psychology 102, 431-442.
- Early Words Together: Programme evaluation for the National Literacy Trust.
- Chatterbox (Education Endowment Foundation): An 18 month project evaluating and extending the Reading Agency's Chatterbooks reading groups as a mechanism for raising reading achievement secondary school pupils.