The research group
The research group has extended experience with test development and psychometrics for educational as well as research purposes.
Dr. Aslaug Fodstad Gourvennec
Aslaug Fodstad Gourvennec holds a PhD in Literacy Studies (2017). Her main research interests are literary reading and disciplinary literacy within Norwegian, oracy, and assessment of reading comprehension. She has experience from developing National Tests in Reading (grade 5), and as project leader for Formative Reading Tests (grade 6).
Dr. Oddny Judith Solheim
Oddny Judith Solheim holds a PhD in Special Needs Education. Her main research interests are assessment of reading and early reading interventions. Solheim is experienced in research on and development of reading assessments, and has led the development of Norwegian National Tests in Reading (Grade 5) and a Norwegian Screening Battery for identifying children at risk for reading difficulties in Grade 1-3. Currently, Solheim is PI on two ongoing RCTs that test the efficacy of early interventions in Grade 1-4 on children’s literacy skills and motivation. In these projects, Solheim has been responsible for the development of new tablet-based solutions for assessment of early literacy skills.
Statistician in charge
Dr. Njål Foldnes
Njål Foldnes holds a PhD in Mathematics. He is currently an Associate Professor in statistics at the Norwegian Business School and a adjunct professor at the Reading Centre. His main research interest is developing new statistical methodology for the social sciences, with particular emphasis on psychometrics. Also, he has published several empirical papers in educational science, focusing on new instruction methods in higher education.
Per Henning Uppstad
Per Henning Uppstad has a PhD in General Linguistics. His main research interests are linguistic philosophy underpinning dyslexia research (including the role of phonology), technology enhanced learning and early reading intervention. He has broad experience from externally funded research projects. A recurrent feature of these projects is the use of technology to support learning. He is currently the leader of a prioritized research group at the Reading Centre: Literacy and Learning, and is joint editor of the scientific journal Nordic Journal of Literacy Research.
Bente Rigmor Walgermo
Bente Rigmor Walgermo has experience from National Tests in Reading (Grade 5). She has also been involved in the development of a screening Battery for 1.–3. grade, and is the current project leader for the revision of these tests. Additionally, she has been a part of the development of a scale for measuring motivation for reading over the first three years of school.
Vibeke Rønneberg has experience from developing Formative Reading Tests (grade 6), especially from psychometrics. Her main research interests are studies of the writing processes and of spelling.
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.
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