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Professor Kate Cain

Professor, Research Group Lead: Language and Literacy

Kate Cain

Lancaster University

Fylde College



Tel: +44 1524 593990

PhD supervision

I am keen to supervise students in the general area of reading and listening comprehension development and difficulties. Current and recently completed PhDs supervised by me have examined a range of topics on language and literacy development including: the role of vocabulary and memory in children's inference making; the role of reader and text characteristics in children's comprehension monitoring; the factors that underpin understanding and production of temporal connectives; the development of oral narrative skills and their relation to later reading ability; how characteristics of readers and text affect comprehension of pronouns and relative clauses.

Research Interests

My research concerns the different cognitive and language-related skills that underpin the development of reading and listening comprehension, both in atypical and typical populations. To date, this work has identified several higher-level skill weaknesses that may be causally linked to poor comprehension, including the ability to generate inferences, knowledge and use of reading strategies, and the ability to construct coherent and integrated narratives. Recent work has confirmed that these skills predict reading comprehension development between 8 to 11 years.

Current and recent research projects

  • The language bases of reading comprehension (funded by IES), more details about LARRC here: http://larrc.ehe.osu.edu/
  • The influence of morphological awareness on learning to read in English and Chinese (funded by ESRC and the RGC Hong Kong), more details here: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/esrc-morphology/
  • Language and literacy profiles of children with rolandic epilepsy (funded by The Waterloo Foundation), more details here: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/rolandicepilepsy/
  • Developing reading comprehension in the classroom (funded by the British Academy)
  • Use of corpus methods to investigate the language environment of typically and atypically developing children (funded by ESRC), for more details about the Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science see here:http://cass.lancs.ac.uk/?page_id=23
  • Opportunities for bilingualism in preschool and school-aged children with developmental disabilities (funded by SSHRC).


External Roles

Editor of Scientific Studies of Reading, the journal of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, 1 March 2012 - 28 February 2015

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