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Vision Statement

Sarah’s motivation for her research in literacy development is to further elucidate the cognitive processes underlying the relationship between language and literacy development in young children. Sarah'spublished research concerns young children’s reading and spelling strategies, implicit and explicit knowledge of spelling, morphological spelling and writing abilities of children with written language difficulties, e.g. Specific Language Impairment/Dyslexia, techniques for assessing writing development and the relationship between prosodic sensitivity and literacy. Sarah utilises a range of innovative methods within her research to try and conceptualise the cognitive mechanisms underlying reading, spelling and writing. For example studies of reading and spelling she examines children’s verbal self-reports of understanding and strategy use alongside more traditional measures of standardised tests and error analyses. Furthermore in studies of morphological spelling specifically and text level writing she uses the handwriting software Eye and Pen to examine online processes of hand-writing, e.g. pause analysis alongside measures of the quality of the written product.

Biography

Sarah completed her BSc in Psychology (with first class honours) at the University of Hertfordshire in July 2003 and then worked as a graduate Research Assistant in the Psychology Department until September 2004. She then completed a PhD in the area of children’s implicit and explicit spelling development in July 2008.

After lecturing at University of Hertfordshire for a year she joined Oxford Brookes University as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in October 2009. This Leverhulme Trust-funded project (Project leaders: Vince Connelly, Julie Dockrell) examined the relationship between oral and written language in children with Specific Language Impairment and also involved the development of objective assessments for children’s writing. Follow-on funding from the ESRC enabled a series of workshops with project partners to explore issues of assessing writing further and culminated in a conference at Oxford Brookes involving teachers and other educational practitioners.

In July 2011 Sarah joined Coventry University as a lecturer in Developmental and Educational Psychology and as Course Director for the Post Graduate Certificate in Reading Development. Currently Sarah is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Course Director for MSc Applied Psychology

 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, University of Hertfordshire

1 Oct 20041 Jul 2008

Degree, University of Hertfordshire

1 Oct 20001 Jun 2003

External positions

External Examiner for MA in Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia), University College London

11 Oct 2016 → …

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Research Output 2007 2018

  • 131 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
  • 10 Article
  • 3 Chapter
  • 2 Poster

Student and teacher perspectives on spelling

Daffern, T. & Critten, S., 2 Jul 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Australian Journal of Language and Literacy. (In-Press), p. (In-Press) 47 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Teaching
teacher
student
linguistics
metalanguage
13 Downloads (Pure)

The role of Curriculum Based Measures in assessing writing products

Dockrell, J., Connelly, V., Walter, K. & Critten, S., 1 Jun 2018, Writing development in struggling learners: Understanding the needs of writers across the life course. Miller, B., McCardle, P. & Connelly, V. (eds.). 1 ed. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill Academic Publishers, p. 182-197 16 p. ( Studies in Writing; vol. 35).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
File
7 Citations (Scopus)
44 Downloads (Pure)

Examining the independent contribution of prosodic sensitivity to word reading and spelling in early readers

Holliman, A. J., Gutiérrez Palma, N., Critten, S., Wood, C., Cunnane, H. & Pillinger, C., Mar 2017, In : Reading and Writing. 30, 3, p. 509-521 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Reading
Vocabulary
vocabulary
value added
Individuality
4 Citations (Scopus)
45 Downloads (Pure)

Routes to Reading and Spelling: Testing the Predictions of Dual-Route Theory

Sheriston, L., Critten, S. & Jones, E., 26 Mar 2016, In : Reading Research Quarterly. 51, 4, p. 403-417

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Reading
Students
student
Self Report
performance
3 Citations (Scopus)
18 Downloads (Pure)

Young Children's spelling representations and spelling strategies

Critten, S., Sheriston, L. & Mann, F., 10 Sep 2016, In : Learning and Instruction. 46, p. 34-44 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
orthography
performance
Cluster Analysis
speaking
experience

Activities 2005 2013

  • 13 Participation in conference
  • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

BPS: Cognitive/Developmental Section conference

Sarah Critten (Speaker)
4 Sep 20136 Sep 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Children challenged by writing. Symposium conducted at the BPS: Cognitive/Developmental Section conference

Sarah Critten (Speaker)
4 Sep 20136 Sep 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

EARLI SIG: Writing conference

Sarah Critten (Speaker)
11 Jul 201213 Jul 2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

EARLI SIG: Writing conference

Sarah Critten (Speaker)
11 Jul 201213 Jul 2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

EARLI conference

Sarah Critten (Participant)
30 Aug 20113 Sep 2011

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course