Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

School of Education student wins UK Literacy Association Research prize

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Karen White (pictured left), recent graduate of the Primary Teacher Education (Work based) course has been awarded the UK Literacy Association Student Research Prize for her dissertation Does the development of metacognitive awareness through reciprocal teaching improve reading self-efficacy?

The Prize is awarded for an outstanding student dissertation at undergraduate, postgraduate or higher degree level undertaken at a UK institution. Studies using any research approach (ethnographic, experimental, historical, etc.) are encouraged and each study is assessed in the light of the chosen approach, the scholarly quality of its report, and its contribution to the field of literacy.

Karen graduated from the Work Based Primary Teacher course with a first class degree in July 2014 and also won an Oxford Brookes prize for the student with the highest average.

While at Brookes, Karen developed a real passion for children's books and for all aspects of English teaching. She is currently teaching a Year 6 class at Booker Hill Primary School in High Wycombe and although she is only in her first year of teaching, she has already been made Literacy Coordinator for the school.

"Karen's dissertation was an outstanding piece of work. The research she carried out was a development of a project which she had been working on in the school where she was employed as a teaching assistant. Karen was a student on the BA (PTE) Work Based mode, where working as a TA is a requirement of entry. Karen is now employed as a teacher by the school. Her work is thus able to make a real contribution to her school and the children's learning"

Ann Disney, Senior Lecturer in Education