Language and Literacy Research Lab - College of Education, Health and Human Development - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

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Language and Literacy Research Lab

The Language and Literacy Research Lab is a research group that comprises mainly staff within UC College of Education, Health and Human Development, though it has links with other groups across the university (including the New Zealand Insitute of Language, Brain and Behaviour). Members of the lab are established researchers within fields related to the varied use of literacy and language in society and the development of language and literacy skills, particularly from an educational perspective. In addition to academic staff, a large number of PhD and Masters students from within NZ and from around the world conduct research in topics related to language and literacy, and contribute to the activities supported by the lab.

Staff and students bring both breadth of professional experiences and depth of theoretical backgrounds, with backgrounds ranging from teacher education/educational research to psychological assessment to speech and language therapy. Research encompasses: language impairments and interventions, work with special groups (such as childhood apraxia of speech or dyslexia), educational practice for literacy improvement in children and adults, children's literature and work with libraries, teaching English as a foreign language and literacy development across different languages (including Asian, African and European languages), work with Maori and Pasifika students and children from bilingual/multilingual backgrounds, professional learning in teacher education, phonological awareness training and the use of video technology to support literacy learning. Colleagues also work collaboratively with other UC Education labs, working on, for example, e-learning for adult literacy and inclusive/special education for those with language/literacy learning problems.

The aim of the lab is to facilitate collaboration between UC staff and colleagues outside of the college. The lab supports work on research contracts, supervises postgraduate students and produces joint publications.

Members of the lab also contribute to the Postgraduate Diploma in Education endorsed in Literacy, courses on which are recognized by the Ministry of Education as appropriate to apply for tertiary funding support for primary and intermediate teachers. The PGDipEd is designed to give educators, support staff and trainers the opportunity to improve their professional practice and critically examine significant issues within this area.

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For more information email Professor John Everatt