IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


VIRTUAL EVENT: Literacy in children and adults: not only cognition but also emotion and motivation

24 June 2021, 5:30 pm–6:15 pm

Two students reading textbooks outside in the park. Image: Zen Chung from Pexels

In this webinar, Professor Jane Hurry will provide a broad coverage of her work in the area of literacy over a period of 25 years.

This event is free.

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Julie Dockrell

The trajectory of Jane's work started with children in the first and second years of school with reading difficulties, sparked by her experiences as a classroom teacher. At that time Reading Recovery was just being introduced into the UK and that was where she started. 

The underlying thread of Jane’s subsequent work was to look at developmental consequences of early reading difficulties and more generally relevant developmental trajectories, in terms of changing cognitive demands with maturation, notably in morphology and comprehension, the role of motivation and the widening implications of literacy difficulties for young adults. 

In this webinar she will specifically cover: 

  • the evidence on Reading Recovery as an intervention both in the short and longer term
  • the changing cognitive tasks and profiles of children with reading difficulties as they mature, which inevitably has relevance to the long-term effects of early intervention such as Reading Recovery
  • the role of literacy in the trajectories of disaffected young people, particularly with criminal convictions, motivation and reading
  • how we manage education of adult prisoners, a group at high risk of low literacy skills and qualification. 

Her research journey and perhaps her inclination has highlighted the importance of implementation of research in practice and she will address this along the way.


  • Professor Jane Hurry, Emeritus Professor at the UCL Institute of Education


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