November 25, 2020
Literacy champion wins research award
A Ngāi Tahu academic has won the University of Canterbury’s highest research honour for decades of work aimed at improving children’s learning and wellbeing.
Professor Gail Gillon is the founding director of the university’s Child Wellbeing Research Institute and is an international leader in the area of children’s speech, language and early literacy development.
She says her focus is on effective and culturally responsive practices that help all children achieve.
Her expertise is in understanding the relationship between spoken and written language development and the importance in that process of individual sounds, or phonemes, in words.
Her successful intervention trials in phonological processing skills for children with dyslexia and children with speech difficulties have received international acclaim.
She has been a strong advocate for increasing Māori and Pasifika-led research.
From December 1 the Child Wellbeing Research Institute is offering a free, online course through UCX called A Better Start to Reading. This is an introductory level course for parents, educators and students interested in supporting children’s early reading.
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