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Research interests

Zoe is a Developmental Psychologist interested in language learning and the acquisition of early literacy skills in a variety of contexts.

Research includes investigations into early language acquisition such as how children learn words from shared reading interactions. This has included looking at the effects of different book formats, illustrations and reading styles on language and literacy acquisition using a variety of experimental methods. Other research has investigated parent-child shared reading interactions with different book formats, and home learning for children across a range of ages. Current projects investigate the effects of different media types on emergent literacy skills using eye tracking technology, and consider the role of the body and affect in children's learning.

Zoe's research also includes community projects with home educating families in the South of England, and investigations into how learning environments (including online learning) support the timely acquisition of literacy skills, broader "life skills" and wellbeing.

Zoe is a keen advocate of Open Scholarship (Open Science), and shares resources, code and analyses on the Open Science Framework.  Zoe leads Brighton's ReproducibiliTea journal club for Open Science Advocates and is local network lead for the UK Reproducibility Network.

Supervisory Interests

I love to supervise projects, and would be interested in supervising projects relating to learning and the development of communication skills (e.g., early gesture/language development/pre-literacy and literacy acquisition), shared reading, particularly including technology related. I am also interested in learning in the home or other non-school contexts, and alternative education (home education/flexischooling/alternative settings)

I am an expert in, and keen to help students adopt Open Scholarship/Research practices wherever possible (code/data sharing, pre-registering research plans etc). Very happy to discuss project ideas informally.

External positions

External Examiner, University of Plymouth

28 Feb 2023 → …

Local Network Lead

Nov 2020 → …


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Home Education
  • Learning
  • Storybook
  • Literacy
  • Language
  • Education
  • Early Years
  • Shared Reading
  • L Education (General)
  • Alternative Education


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