It is important to give first graders confidence in their literacy skills
The confidence that six-year-olds have in their ability as readers affects how their literacy skills progress in year one. Belief in one’s ability must therefore be instilled from the very start of school, a new doctoral dissertation shows.
PhD Defence: Motivation for reading within the first year of formal reading instruction
Bente Rigmor Walgermo will defend her doctoral dissertation on Friday September 28th at the University of Stavanger.
Study finds relationships between language proficiency, play and social competency in 2 year-olds.
Elisabeth Brekke Stangeland’s Ph.D. thesis highlights the relationship between language proficiency and social competency in children as young as 2 years and 9 months. This is important knowledge for childcare practitioners who meet these children daily.
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.
The Reading Centre is home to several large, innovative research projects, and has regularly been awarded significant funding from nationally competitive research funding schemes.
Our research concerns language and literacy development and assessment in educational contexts, from kindergarten to workplaces.
Theoretically and methodologically the centre displays a broad fan of approaches to different aspects of literacy.
Read more about research at the Reading Centre.