Professor Margaret Harris will be presenting this special twilight event on Tuesday 10 May 2016 at VDEI, as part of an online literacy project currently in development.
After several decades of research, the path to literacy for hearing children is now well understood and there is good evidence about the kind of support that enables the majority of hearing children to become good readers. However there remains a debate about how deaf children can best be taught to read: should they be taught in essentially the same way as hearing children or should they be taught in a different way? In this talk the research into the predictors of literacy attainment for deaf children will be reviewed, highlighting the skills that have been identified as consistent predictors of good outcomes. The implications of these findings for effective intervention will be considered.
learn about key outcomes from successful interventions to support literacy for hearing children
have the opportunity to reflect on the relevance of these studies to supporting literacy for deaf children
learn about longitudinal and cross-sectional studies of reading attainment in deaf children
have the opportunity to reflect on the implications of these findings for effective support of deaf children's literacy
Margaret Harris is Professor of Developmental Psychology at Oxford Brookes University and was Head of the Department of Psychology, Social Work and Public Health from 2006 – 2015. She began her career at Birkbeck College, moving to Royal Holloway University of London in 1989. Margaret's main interests are in the development of written and spoken language and she has published widely in this area. Much of her research in the past two decades has focused on the language development of deaf children, especially the dynamics of deaf and hearing mothers' communication with their deaf children and the literacy attainment of deaf school children. She is the author of six books on language development and developmental psychology and was formerly the editor of the British Journal of Developmental Psychology, one of the editors of Mind & Language and an associate editor of the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education.
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The closest tram stops are Tram Stop 27 (cnr St Kilda Road and High Street) and Tram stop 28 (cnr Punt Road and High Street).
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