Staff Profile:Professor Rhona Stainthorp

Professor Rhona Stainthorp
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University Responsibilities:

  • Member of the Prosperity & Resilience External Engagement Committee.

Institute of Education Responsibilities (Teaching):

  • Contributions to: MA in Education and PGCE on Teaching Phonics and Teaching Handwriting.

Areas of Interest:

Masters and PhD Level Supervision offered in these areas:

  • The development of reading and writing, including spelling and handwriting.
  • Effective teaching of reading and writing.
  • Individual differences in reading and writing, including precocious ability and children with learning difficulties.

Current Research Students:

  • Denise Thompson.
  • Deborah Grimmond.
  • Anna Tzakalaki.

Recent Research Students:

  • Elizabeth Blackford.
  • Naomi Flynn.
  • Selma Babayigit.
  • Sophia Cholidou.
  • Hiromi Tsuji.
  • Maria Constantinidou.

Current and Recent Research Projects:

  • Your kindle and you: a study of use and attitudes to kindles in Key Stage 2.
  • Transcription skills and literacy in Key Stage 3.
  • Spelling in Key Stage 2. 
  • A longitudinal investigation of Rapid Automatized Naming performance and its relationship to reading: the role of orthographic processing. (ESRC funded: Powell, D., Stainthorp, R., & Stuart, M.).
  • Investigating orthographic processes and their relation to reading in children with rapid automatized naming deficits (ESRC funded: Stainthorp, R., Stuart, M. & Quinlan, P.).
Research groups / Centres:

First language research group.

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Recent Conference Papers

  • An essential tutorial into word reading (Stainthorp & Stuart) TES conferences Manchester (May 2012) and London (October 2012).
  • The first results from the phonics screening check - do the data tell us anything (Stainthorp, Powell & Chesson). Centre for Reading and Language workshop, University of York (2012).
  • Stories of success: precocious readers as young adults.(Stainthorp and Hughes) XVIIIth Annual Conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, St Petersberg, Florida (2011).
  • Does RAN performance contribute to word spelling? (Stainthorp, Powell, and Stuart). XVIIth Annual Conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, Berlin, Germany (2010).
  • The impact of transcription skills on text writing in children age 9-11 years (2009) (Stainthorp). XIIIth Biennial Conference, European Association for Learning and Instruction, Free University, Amsterdam.
  • The relationship between rapid automatized naming and word spelling (Stainthorp, Powell & Stuart). BPS Psychology of Education conference, Preston (2009).
  • The relationship between phonological awareness, phonological memory, rapid automatised naming (RAN) and reading in monolingual and bilingual English children. (Stainthorp, Powell, Stuart, Quinlan and Garwood). XXIXth International Congress of Psychology, Berlin (2008).
  • Student teachers explicit levels of phonological awareness (Stainthorp). BPS Psychology of Education conference, Milton Keynes (2008).

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Enterprise activity, External Roles and Consultancy:

  • Chair of the Forum for Research in Literacy and Language.
  • Language consultant for Alphablocks (CBeebies).
  • Member of the ERSC Grant Awarding Panel.
  • Member of the editorial board Journal of Research in Reading.
  • Member of the editorial board Educational Psychology.
  • Member of the editorial board Reading Research Quarterly.
  • Advisor to HM Government on the teaching of early reading.
  • Member of the Welsh Assembly Government National Literacy Plan Task and Finish Group.
  • Consultant to the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training on the teaching of English (2010) (funded by the British Council, Hanoi).
  • Consultant to the Malaysian Ministry of Education on the teaching of reading (2009-10) (funded by the British Council, Kuala Lumpur).

Contact Details

+44 (0) 118 378 2689

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