Spelling success: Dr. Nicole Conrad wins $92,000 funding for literacy research

By Maroon & White | fall 2019

Dr. Nicole Conrad has won an Insight Grant worth $92,000 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Dr. Conrad’s grant will be used to pursue research on the role of spelling on the development of reading skills in elementary school children. Dr. Conrad and her undergraduate students will perform their next study in Nova Scotia schools. The project involves administering reading and spelling tests to establish a benchmark and then teaching words with certain orthographic patterns to early readers. The researchers will then retest the children to study what effect learning about the patterns of letters used to represent words in print has on the children’s spelling and comprehension. This research will provide important insight into the best instructional practices for spelling.

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