Dr Jennifer Buckingham | Director of Strategy and Senior Research Fellow
MultiLit | Australia

Dr Jennifer Buckingham, Director of Strategy and Senior Research Fellow, MultiLit

Dr Jennifer Buckingham is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies and head of ‘FIVE from FIVE’ reading project which aims to have effective reading instruction in every classroom, every day.  She is the author of the numerous reports including What the Gonski Review Got Wrong (with Blaise Joseph, 2018), Focus on Phonics: Why Australia Should Adopt the Year 1 Phonics Check (2017), Free to Choose Charter Schools: How charter and for-profit schools can boost public education (2015),  and Why Jaydon Can’t Read (2014), and editor of Read About It: Scientific Evidence for Effective Teaching of Reading (2016). Jennifer has been at the forefront of debate on education matters for two decades, with hundreds of articles in major newspapers and regular radio and speaking appearances. Jennifer chaired an expert advisory group for the Australian government on a Year 1 Literacy and Numeracy Check in 2017. She is a board member of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership and an Associate Investigator at the ARC Centre for Excellence in Cognition and Its Disorders.


Day 1 @ 11:00

Content vs Skill

Day 1 @ 16:40

How children learn to read: Science vs Strawman

  • Reading is a complex cognitive skill that is relatively new in the context of human evolution.
  • Education and cognitive science research has provided a remarkably detailed understanding of how reading develops in the brain, and the teaching methods that are most likely to be effective.
  • In this session, Dr Buckingham will outline the scientific evidence on reading and debunk some common myths.
last published: 06/Jun/19 00:05 GMT

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