CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
1. Children’s comprehension of print-based texts and computer-based texts
Children are increasingly interacting with computer-based texts (CBTs), prompting reconsideration of what it means to be a literate reader and what reading instruction and assessment in schools should entail. At the same time, assessment programs, such NAPLAN, are moving toward CBT formats. This study will identify and describe student performance on reading tasks in a static print-based format and a computer-based format. The results will inform developments in curriculum and assessment in reading comprehension. In addition, the findings will help school-based educators provide targeted support in reading so that children can maximise their literacy achievements in this digital age.
2. Inquiries in spelling: Building teacher and student capacity (funded by ALEA ACT Local Council).
This project aims to identify and describe how teachers’ attitudes and understandings about the teaching and learning of spelling can shape the way spelling is taught and how children learn to spell.