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Research interests

Zoe is a developmental psychologist interested in language learning and literacy, across a range of ages, and in a variety of contexts.

Past research includes investigations into early literacy development 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. Other research investigated differences in parent-child shared reading interactions with different book formats, and the use of touchscreens during shared reading.

Recent projects include various community projects with home educating families in South East England. Current projects include other aspects of learning in the home and how learning environments (including online learning) support the timely acquisition of literacy skills, broader "life skills" and wellbeing.

I am a keen advocate of Open Scholarship, and share resources, code and analyses on the Open Science Framework.  I am also the leader of Brighton's Reproducibilitea journal club for Open Science Advocates and local network lead for UK Reproducibility Network.

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising projects relating to

  • the development of communication skills (e.g., early gesture/language development/pre-literacy and literacy acquisition)
  • Any aspect of shared reading interactions, including technology related
  • alternative education (home education/flexischooling/alternative settings)
  • learning within the home context



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


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