University of Edinburgh is hosting a free public lecture on why understanding families, communities and social inequalities are key to supporting children's language and literacy. Salvesen Mindroom Research Centre and Salvesen Mindroom Centre are hosting the fifth annual Salvesen Lecture, Learning to Read in the Wider Context: Why understanding families, communities and social inequalities are key to supporting children’s language and literacy.
Professor Holly Joseph and Dr Alice Mpofu-Coles of University of Reading will talk about their participatory research working with local communities to better understand how community-led, co-produced research can change perceptions of “what works”. Holly will talk about how including the experiences and views of parents, teachers and community members in developing initiatives aimed at promoting a love of reading in young children and their families has improved quality, uptake and life experience. Alice will present a broader view of community-led research and why it matters. Overall, this work has made clear that all communities are varied, complex and unique and any programme or initiative must be developed with those who will in theory benefit from it if it to have any chance of sustained success.
The lecture is free to attend and open to all. It will be live broadcast on YouTube with automated subtitling available and will take place on Thursday 16th November 6-7pm.