Working Group 2

DEVELOPMENTAL ASPECTS OF LITERACY AND EDUCATION IN A DIGITAL WORLD 


The development of literacy in a digital world lasts for the entire lifespan and requires a constant interaction between reading and writing, combining information from different sources and different notational systems so as to produce and interpret meaningful texts.

The focus of WG2 is on the lifelong development of the literate mind/brain and how it can be further promoted by education. This WG will crucially rely on the richness arising from the diversity of European languages and in the increasing number of educational practices to which research is adding evidence-based support.

WG2 aims to develop an overall view of literacy development across the entire lifespan, capitalizing on the European linguistic and social diversity as a natural laboratory to examine the extent to which milestones and predictors of literacy development are general across languages and linguistic conditions of the learner (bilingual/monolingual).

Such diverse context will also enable to compare a wide range of teaching practices and to design intervention studies and innovative educational projects.

Objectives

  • Integrate the existent knowledge of milestones in the development of literacy from childhood to adulthood as a useful guideline for assessment and curriculum development.
  • Connect research that examines the cognitive and linguistic abilities that contribute to enhancing literacy development.
  • Gather research focusing on the role of teaching practices on reading and writing achievements.
  • Develop databases of texts and rubrics from different contexts and languages so as to characterize the qualities of good writing and writing ability of an individual or a group.
  • Gather research that examines the use of different notational systems to construct texts (maps, graphs or diagrams) in the classroom, and how readers and writers integrate this non- linguistic system in text comprehension and text production.
  • Create databases by gathering samples of classroom activities devoted to the composition of instructional texts and the selection of available resources (semiotic, material) in literacy activities.
  • Develop computational methods for text analysis (in cooperation with WG3).
  • Train ESR in cutting-edge research methods for detecting predictors of literacy and in statistical methods for analysing individual differences and growth.
  • Develop collaborative research and apply for funding within H2020.

Teams

Working group leaders: Anita Peti-Stantic and Mira Bekar

A. Digital literacy (team leader: Maria José Brites)
Team members: Christine Trueltzsch-WijnenBetty TsakarestouMartine SmithAivars GlaznieksMaria Francesca MurruMarco ScarcelliAna JorgeJasmina P. DjordjevicDusan StamenkovicManuel Perea Lara, Maria João CoutoLuís PereiraJulian McDougallInês AmaralSofia Theodosiadou , Maria Patrício  and Marian Popovici                                

Country Reports


B. Multilingual literacy (team leader: Esther Breuer)  
Team members: Eva LindgrenAnat StavansElke van Steendamand Liana Konstantinidou 

Edited book "Multilingualism and Literacy”

                                                
C. Academic writing (team leader: Bojana Petric)
Team members: Alma JahicTanja MemisevicMira BekarElena RizovaNatalie SchembriIan BruceJosé António Brandão CarvalhoClaudia DoroholschiFlorentina SamihaianEmilio J. Gallardo SaboridoFrancisco Núñez RománMontserrat CastelloOtto KruseMadalina ChitezTatyana YakhontovaMilena KosticSavka BlagojevicOlga Arias GundínOrhan Çakiroglu, Vibeke Ankersborg, Karl-Heinz PognerElsy Karina Gonçalves, Diane PecorariAnastasi ProdaniCharles BazermanTiane DonahueLuísa Álvares Pereira and Rómina Mello Laranjeira

Project "Dissertation/thesis writing across Europe: Student writers’ experiences”               


D. Development of reader/writer (team leader: Anita Peti-Stantic)                                                                               

E. Teaching of handwriting (team leader: Teresa Limpo)

Special Issue on the effectiveness of handwriting interventions


Initiatives

First WG meeting was held in Barcelona in 25-26 June 2015
Second WG meeting was held in Prague in 7-8 November 2015
Third WG meeting was held in Ljubljana in 19-20 April 2016
The WG1+WG2 workshop was held in Jyväskylä in 2-3 February 2017
The WG2+ WG3 workshop was held in Zagreb in 30-31 March


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