My research interests focus primarily on the effects of reading intervention, effective teaching, and basic cognitive processes in literacy. I have a current 5 year SSHRCC-funded project that explores preventative early intervention for reading and spelling using response-to-intervention (RtI) models. I am also exploring morphological and vocabulary development in French. A second major stream is to explore similarities in teaching English and French. Other current projects include: The assessment of effective classroom teaching in Grade 1; the ‘Simple View of Reading’; the nature and impact of inclusive education; the most effective support for children at-risk when transitioning to high school; the impact of French immersion on literacy and language development.
Early intervention and prevention and consequent effective identification of, literacy difficulties; Effective Inclusive Teaching; Dual Language Teaching; The development of cognitive processes in normal reading and spelling in the school years; the cognitive psychology of poor reading and developmental dyslexia.