VEBB – a central project in Norwegian early education research
Early education and care is a growing area of research in Norway. VEBB is one of eight innovation projects funded by the Norwegian Research Council’s program for research and innovation in education (FINNUT).
Are girls really better at reading than boys – or are the tests painting a false picture?
In reading tests at school, girls tend to be ahead of boys, in all age groups and in all countries. But in young adults, there is suddenly no longer any difference between men’s and women’s reading skills. Why is that? Could the answer be in the way the tests are designed?
Children’s risk of reading and writing difficulties can be identified early
Teachers can use certain markers to identify Year One pupils who are at risk of developing reading and writing difficulties, as soon as they start school.
Pupils’ critical view of literature education
There is a tension between what pupils feel is at the core of literature, and how literature is actually taught in Norwegian class in school. These were the findings of a study of high achieving upper secondary school graduates.
First graders can read like experts
With a little help, six-year-olds can read texts in the same way as adult literary scholars.
What exactly is dyslexia?
It is estimated that between 5 and 10 percent of the population suffer the kind of reading and writing difficulties that are characterised as dyslexia. But although most people have some perception of what dyslexia can be about, and although several organisations provide various descriptions of this common reading and writing problem, there is no clear scientific definition as to what dyslexia actually is. "It is time to come up with some new hypotheses so that we can move forward with our research", says Professor Finn Egil Tønnessen of the Norwegian Reading Centre.
New research project on teacher-pupil ratio
How can elementary school pupils benefit from a lower pupil-teacher ratio, or by attending smaller classes? Researchers at the Norwegian Reading Centre, University of Stavanger, are looking to find the answer. An allocation to the project of NOK 160 million by the Research Council of Norway makes this one of the largest studies on Norwegian education to date.
Two-year-olds with poor language skills fall behind at play
Two-year-olds with poor language skills fare worse than their peers at play and, subsequently, fall behind socially. This was the finding of a new study from the Stavanger Project.
Home reading environment is crucial for children's reading skills
Children that are seldom read to and whose parents read very little are at a disadvantage when they start school.
Nordic Journal of Literacy Research set for launch
Nordic Journal of Literacy Research is a new Open Access periodical which will seek to bring together and develop Nordic research in the fields of reading, writing and literacy.
Poor motor skills in two-year-olds could indicate slow development in mathematical proficiency
A study by the Stavanger Project shows that two-year-olds with poor motor function also exhibit poor mathematical skills. This knowledge will make it easier for teachers to identify children who may need extra help.
Even as two-year-olds, girls are more independent and sociable
A study from the Stavanger Project shows that girls aged two and a half years master most everyday activities better than boys.
Health in every word
If you are a struggling reader, you are more likely to experience poor health than a good reader. The ability to read is important for maintaining one’s health.
Weak readers struggle the most on screen
Student’s who read poorly on paper will read even more poorly on screen. Strong readers are much more capable of transitioning to digital texts, a new study shows.
Keeping track of early learning
A debate is raging in Norway on assessment and observation in schools. The Tras tool developed in part by the Reading Centre at the University of Stavanger has a key place in such activities.
Extra problems with reading difficulties
Children with dyslexia often suffer from anxiety and depression as well, according to a new Norwegian study at the University of Stavanger (UiS). But teachers fail to pick this up.
Girls have better motor skills than boys
New research shows that the difference between boys' and girls' motor skills is not always as clear and stereotypical as initially thought.
Taking the measure of toddlers
Norwegians two-year-olds can't count as well as kids of the same age in other countries. But they are a trifle better at geometry.
Reading is good for your health
People with poor reading skills are likely to be less healthy than those who read easily, according to recent research. Literacy skills are important for keeping in good shape.
What happens when a child acquires a new mother tongue?
Adoption is a great change in the life of a child. Children adopted from abroad are exposed to a language break in addition to other major upheavals. This may influence the acquisition of the child's new mother tongue.
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- The Reading Centre is a research centre within the University of Stavanger.
- The University of Stavanger, Norway, has about 9200 students and 1100 administration, faculty and service staff.
- The University is organized in three Faculties, including two national centres of expertise, one of them beiing the Reading Centre.
- Read more about the University of Stavanger - located in the south west of Norway.