Professor Clare Wood Inaugural Lecture

No Rhythm, No Rhyme? Exploring a different approach to understanding why children struggle to acquire literacy

Clare Wood
Public lectures

In her inaugural lecture, Clare presents the background to her interest in this issue, and reflects on why some children experience persistent difficulties in learning to crack the alphabetic code. She presents her own work, which has examined how children’s sensitivity to the rhythm of speech (stress, intonation, timing) may be related to their ability to perceive letter sounds in speech, detect rhyme and ultimately support early word recognition.

  • From: Wednesday 29 November 2017, 5.30 pm
  • To: Wednesday 29 November 2017, 7 pm
  • Location: Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Wednesday 29 November 2017, 12.00 pm

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No Rhythm, No Rhyme? Exploring a different approach to understanding why children struggle to acquire literacy

The ability to read and write is fundamental to our contemporary lives. There are highly effective resources and programmes for reading instruction, and skilled and experienced teachers. Yet, one in six adults lack the basic literacy skills that will enable them to function and fully participate in society.

In this lecture, Clare presents the background to her interest in this issue, and reflects on why some children experience persistent difficulties in learning to crack the alphabetic code. She presents her own work, which has examined how children’s sensitivity to the rhythm of speech (stress, intonation, timing) may be related to their ability to perceive letter sounds in speech, detect rhyme and ultimately support early word recognition.

She will also share results from her Leverhulme Trust project, in which she considered whether it is possible to train children to be more sensitive to speech rhythm, and whether such training can impact children’s reading abilities. This work has since been incorporated into resources for a new reading scheme aimed at children in Foundation and Key Stage One classrooms.

Clare Wood, Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University.

Prior to working at NTU, Clare was the Executive Director of the Centre for Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement at Coventry University. She primarily teaches developmental and educational psychology and was awarded the British Psychology Society’s Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Psychology in 2006.

In 2000 she received the International Reading Association’s Reading / Literacy Research Fellowship which is given to “a researcher residing outside the US or Canada who has shown exceptional promise in reading research.” Her research interests over the last 20 years include the early identification and remediation of literacy difficulties in children, the relationships between spoken and written language skills, and the educational potential of technology. Her work on the impact of text messaging on literacy skills received widespread attention in the international media.

She is currently exploring the impact of digital text exposure in the early years on literacy-related outcomes in children. She has long-standing interests in speech rhythm and reading development.

Clare is currently the co-investigator (with Dr Jenny Thomson at University of Sheffield) on a Leverhulme-funded project concerned with the impact of exposure to digital texts on children’s early reading skills. She is also the co-investigator on an Education Endowment Foundation trial which is a large-scale national RCT examining the impact of a structured training model for using online resources to supplement core reading teaching in England.

She has acted as an independent evaluator for the National Literacy Trust and the Reading Agency, and as a consultant for Partnership for Children. She is on advisory groups for Save the Children, the Reading Agency, and National Literacy Trust. Most recently, she has acted as the Educational Consultant on the development of the Rising Stars Reading Planet Reading Scheme.

Programme

  • 5.30 pm Registration and welcome refreshments
  • 6 pm Inaugural lecture
  • 7 pm Drinks reception

Booking information

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Location details

Room/Building:

Newton building, Main Entrance

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Burton Street
Nottingham
NG1 4BU

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