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2012/13 Conference Programme

Following the success of our conference in June, two further conferences were planned, open to all teachers and those with an interest in the development of children's writing.

'Children's Writing in the Transition from Primary to Secondary School' was held in November and ‘The teaching of Handwriting and Spelling in Primary and Secondary Schools’ in January 2013.

If you would like more information about our conferences, please see our 'Professional Development' page. You can also contact us at: EWSC@brookes.ac.uk

Enhancing Writing Skills in Children (EWSC) Workshops

From March to May 2012 we ran a series of workshops looking at writing development in Key Stage 2 through the 3 strands of 'Writing Practices', 'Assessing Writing', and 'Monitoring Change'. These workshops involved our project partners and other professionals within education.

Our Plenary conference in June 2012: 'Teachers and Researchers Talking About Writing' was well received and attended by a wide range of education professionals interested in children's writing development.

If you would like more information on this project then please contact us at: EWSC@brookes.ac.uk

Oral Language and Writing

From 2009-2011 we conducted a longitudinal project that aimed to identify which aspects of the writing process are critical for which children at which developmental phases We are particularly interested in the role that oral language places in developing writing skills.

We are currently analysing the results from this study. These findings will feed into our workshop series. We hope that once the workshops are complete we should be in a strong position to plan appropriate support strategies for pupils.

If you would like more information on this project then please contact us at: EWSC@brookes.ac.uk

SLI Project Feedback

The data collection phase of the SLI project is now complete, and we have been feeding back to the schools. If you would like to know about some of our results then please take a look at this presentation. Further information and feedback about the project will be posted here as we continue to analyse the data.

Conference Presentations

Results from some of our on-going research projects into children's writing skills were presented in September 2010 at the EARLI SIG:Writing conference in Heidelberg.

To have a look at the accompanying slides please click on the pdf icons below.

Dockrell, J.E., Connelly, V, Critten, S., Walter, K. (2011). The relationship between spelling and writing development in children with language difficulties. Society for Research in Child Language & Development. Madison USA.

Connelly, V., Dockrell, J.E., Critten, S., Walter, K. (2011).The writing difficulties of children with specific language impairment. British Dyslexia Association Conference. Harrogate, UK.

Connelly, V., Dockrell, J.E., Critten, S., Walter, K.W. (2011). Children challenged by writing: The writing difficulties of children with specific language impairment. Prozesse der Textproduktion in der Schule: Strukturen und Verarbeitung aus sprachdidaktischer und psycholinguistischer Perspektive. DGfS conference, Gottingen, Germany.

Dockrell, J.E., Connelly, V., Walter, KW.. & Critten, S. (2011) Using curriculum-based measurement to assess writing development. COST ERN-LWE Workshop, Potsdam, Germany.

Walter, K. (2011) Eye & Pen: An Introduction. Association of Technical Staff in Psychology Conference. Oxford, England.

pdf Connelly, V., Critten, S., Dockrell, J., Walter, K. & Lindsay, G. (2010) Writing development in children with language difficulties and the influence of spelling skill. EARLI SIG:Writing conference, Heidelberg.

pdf Dockrell, J., Connelly, V., Walter, K. & Critten, S. (2010) Using curriculum-based measurement to assess writing development. EARLI SIG:Writing conference, Heidelberg.

Recent Publications

Book Chapters

pdf Connelly, V, Dockrell, J.E., Barnett, A. (2011). Children Challenged by Writing Due to Language and Motor Difficulties. In V. Berninger (Ed.) Cognitive Psychology of Writing Handbook: Past, Present, and Future Contributions of Cognitive Writing Research to Cognitive Psychology. Psychology Press.

Conference Papers

pdf Walter, K. & Connelly, V. (2010) The effect of spell-check on the essay quality of primary school children. BPS Developmental Section Annual Conference. 12-15th Sept, 2010.

Previous Work

This section provides further information about previous research projects for more detailed information and provides links to those groups that supported the project.

Journal Articles

pdf Connelly, V. & Barnett, A. L. (2009) Introduction: Teaching Learning and Writing. BJEP Monograph Series ll, Number 6 – Teaching and Learning Writing, 1(1), 1-4.

pdf Dockrell, J. E. & Connelly, V. (2009) The impact of oral language skills on the prodcution of written text. BJEP Monograph Series ll, Number 6 – Teaching and Learning Writing, 1(1), 45-62.

pdf Dockrell, J. E., Lindsay, G., & Connelly, V. (2009). The Impact of Specific Language Impairment on Adolescents' Written Text. Exceptional Children, 75(4), 427-446.

pdf Connelly, V., Gee, D., & Walsh, E. (2007). A comparison of keyboarded and handwritten compositions and the relationship with transcription speed. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 77, 479-492.

pdf Correa, J. and Dockrell, J. E. (2007) Unconventional word segmentation in Brazilian
children’s early text production. Reading and Writing, 20, 815-831.

pdf Dockrell, J. E., Lindsay, G., Connelly, V. and Mackie, C. (2007) Constraints in the Production of Written Text in Children With Specific Language Impairments. Exceptional Children, 73, 147-164.

pdf Connelly, V., Campbell, S., MacLean, M., & Barnes, J. (2006). Contribution of lower orderskills to the written composition of college students with and without dyslexia.Developmental Neuropsychology, 29(1), 175-196. 

pdf Connelly, V., Dockrell, J. E., & Barnett, J. (2006) A pilot intervention to improve the structural quality of exam essay writing in UK undergraduate students. Psychology Teaching Review, 12(1), 43-56

pdf Connelly, V., Dockrell, J. E., & Barnett, J. (2005) The slow handwriting of undergraduate students constrains overall performance in exam essays. Educational Psychology, 25(1), 97-105

pdf Mackie, C. and Dockrell, J. E. (2004) The Nature of Written Language Deficits in Children With SLI. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 47, 1469-1483.

Conference Papers

Dockrell, J.E. and Connelly, V. (2007). The impact of oral language skills on the production of written text: atypical and typical development. British Journal of Educational Psychology Psychological Aspects of Education Current Trends Conference 2007 "The learning and teaching of writing: Implications from research for practice" June 28-29, Oxford Brookes University, UK.

 

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