Chit Chat with Professor James Chapman

Join Carla as she chit chats with Professor James Chapman where they discuss the history of reading in New Zealand, what all teachers must know to be able to teach ALL children to read, components of effective reading instruction, aspirations for change in New Zealand.

Professor James Chapman Bio:

James Chapman is Professor Emeritus of Educational Psychology at the Massey University College of Humanities and Social Sciences. He received his M.A. with Distinction in Education from Victoria University of Wellington, and his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta, Canada, specializing in cognitive-motivational factors associated with learning disabilities. Before working on his PhD he trained and taught as a secondary school teacher. Following the completion of his PhD, he joined Massey University in 1980. He served for 8 ½ years as Head of the Department of Learning and Teaching, and 10 years as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Dean) of the College of Education. He has published around 150 journal articles, book chapters and books on learning disabilities, special education, literacy learning difficulties, early literacy development, reading intervention, and self system factors in academic achievement. In 1999 he was co-winner of the International Reading Association’s Dina Feitelson Award for Excellence in Research. He recently completed his role as Co-Principal Investigator of a New Zealand Ministry of Education funded longitudinal literacy research project focusing on literacy learning in Year 1 children and professional development for teachers of Year 1 children. Currently Professor Chapman is a Science Advisor for the New Zealand National Science Challenge—Better Start, and Science Advisor for the Foundational Learning Success Project, Child Wellbeing Research Institute, College of Education, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He has served on or continues to serve on the Editorial Boards of numerous journals, including the Journal of Educational Psychology, Learning Disability Quarterly, the Journal of Learning Disabilities, the Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, and the Asia Pacific Journal of Developmental Differences. 


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