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Professor Kate Cain

Head of Department, Research Group Lead: Language and Literacy, Professor

Kate Cain

Fylde College

LA1 4YF

Lancaster

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.

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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