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Centre for Reading, University of Teacher Education, University of Applied Sciences and Arts North-western Switzerland (FHNW)

Centre for Reading, University of Teacher Education, University of Applied Sciences and Arts North-western Switzerland (FHNW)
University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW)
University of Teacher Education
Institute for Educational Research and Development
Centre for Reading
Bahnhofstrasse 6
5210 Windisch
T: +41 (0)56 202 80 05
contact:
Prof. Dr. Thomas Lindauer, thomas.lindauer@fhnw.ch, und Prof. Dr. Hansjakob Schneider, hansjakob.schneider@fhnw.ch
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The Centre for Reading – Reading, Media, Language –, is one of the five research centres of the Institute for Educational Research and Development at the School for Teacher Education of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. Research conducted at the Institute for Educational Research and Development focuses on gathering new findings and knowledge on the social reality of growing up and learning; on the processes of disciplinary and supradisciplinary learning; on school quality; and on education systems. In addition media for instruction and learning are developed and tested for their effects. Knowledge gained about school, instruction, their framing conditions, and effects is passed on to students and practitioners. Through various services, this knowledge is made fruitful for education policy, education management, schools, and other interested parties. The Institute for Educational Research and Development is directed by Prof. Dr. Andrea Bertschi-Kaufmann. The Centre for Reading, which is directed by Prof. Dr. Thomas Lindauer and Prof. Dr. Hansjakob Schneider, carries the research focus reading, media and language. Research projects are conducted on the intersection of the topics education, language, and language acquisition. The research is embedded in cooperation with national and international partners. It is oriented towards topics that are central to the individual disciplines as well as to educational policy – e.g. the efficacy of instruction or education standards. At the same time research results are made applicable for practice in that models as well as materials for language promotion are developed. This includes offers in further education for teachers as well as services in the areas of school development and the development of instruction materials.

Research areas

  • The main focus of research at the Centre for Reading is reading, media and language. Studies at the Centre aim to support children, adolescents and adults in the following domains:
  • Improvement of language competencies
  • Deepening emotional access to language
  • Extension of the spectrum of linguistic activities in everyday life
  • Areas of research and activity are:
  • Language acquisition
  • Literacy and its development in children and adults
  • German as a second language
  • ‹Language Across the Curriculum› with a focus on text comprehension
  • Linguistic and psychological writing research
  • Reading and writing promotion
  • Literacy socialization
  • Writing didactics
  • Investigation into the promotion of literacy in teaching
  • Writing-based learning
  • Investigations on the development of receptive skills
  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Development of teaching materials
  • Task development for the testing of competence models
  • Task development for diagnoses of language level

Keywords

Literacy, Media, Remedial language instruction, Language acquisition, Language socialization, Teaching research, Syntax