UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Professor John Everatt

School of Teacher Education

Fields of Research

  • Literacy ability
  • Learning disability

Researcher Summary

Interested in cognitive and linguistic aspects of literacy learning and learning disabilities.

Subject Area: Disciplines

Research Projects

Research Groups

Future Research

  • Literacy acquisition in different languages

Key Methodologies

  • Quantitative methods
  • Experimental methods

Affiliations

Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

Journal articles
  • Everatt, J., Almurtaji, Y., Al-Sharhan, A. and Elbeheri, G. (2017) Relationships between emotion and educational achievement in Arabic children. Asian Pacific Journal of Developmental Differences 4(1): 65-84.
  • Pilgrim, M., Hornby, G., Everatt, J. and Macfarlane, A. (2017) Evaluation of an innovative programme for training teachers of children with learning and behavioural difficulties in New Zealand<sup>*</sup>. Educational Review 69(3): 337-348. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00131911.2016.1218443.
  • Purvis, CJ., McNeill, BC. and Everatt, J. (2016) Enhancing the metalinguistic abilities of pre-service teachers via coursework targeting language structure knowledge. Annals of Dyslexia 66(1): 55-70. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11881-015-0108-9.
  • Al-Sharhan, A. and Everatt, J. (2015) Behavioural interventions and developmental learning difficulties: Factors influencing effectiveness in a Kuwaiti school context. Asia Pacific Journal of Developmental Differences 2(2): 114-131. http://dx.doi.org/10.3850/S2345734115000241.
  • Shamsuzzaman, M., Everatt, J. and McNeill, B. (2015) Effects of Vocabulary and Grammar on English L2 Writing by Learners from Chinese and Non-Chinese Backgrounds. Philippine ESL Journal 15: 2-37.
  • Almutairi, A., Everatt, J., Snape, P. and Fox-Turnbull, W. (2014) Exploring the Relationship between Science and Technology in the Curriculum. Australasian Journal of Technology Education 1: 49-63. http://dx.doi.org/10.15663/ajte.v1i1.16.
  • Sadeghi, A., Everatt, J. and McNeill, BC. (2014) Factors related to reading comprehension weaknesses in Persian speaking primary school children. Asia Pacific Journal of Developmental Differences 1(2): 172-189. http://dx.doi.org/10.3850/S2345734114000034.
  • Sadeghi, A., Everatt, J., McNeill, BC. and Rezaei, A. (2014) Text processing in English-Persian bilingual children: A bilingual view on the Simple Model of Reading. Educational and Child Psychology 31(2): 45-56.
  • Shamsuzzaman, M., Everatt, J. and McNeill, BC. (2014) An Investigation of the Relationship between Instructors' Backgrounds and the Teaching of Second Language Writing in Bangladesh. International Journal of Innovation in English Language Teaching and Research 3(1): 51-72.
  • Al-Manabri, M., Al-Sharhan, A., Elbeheri, G., Jasem, IM. and Everatt, J. (2013) Supporting teachers in inclusive practices: Collaboration between special and mainstream schools in Kuwait. Preventing School Failure 57(3): 130-134. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1045988X.2013.794325.
  • Elbeheri, E. and Everatt, J. (2011) Dyslexia support in higher education in the Arab world. Journal of Inclusive Practice in Further and Higher Education 3(1): 43-49.
  • Elbeheri, G., Everatt, J., Mahfoudhi, A., Al-Diyar, MA. and Taibah, N. (2011) Orthographic processing and reading comprehension among Arabic speaking mainstream and LD children. Dyslexia 17(2): 123-142. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/dys.430.
  • Everatt, J. (2011) Dyslexia in adult students with English as an additional language. Journal of Inclusive Practice in Further and Higher Education 3(1): 5-17.
  • Everatt, J., Al-Sharhan, A., Al-Azmi, Y., Al-Menaye, N. and Elbeheri, G. (2011) Behavioural/attentional problems and literacy learning difficulties in children from non-English language/cultural backgrounds. Support for Learning 26(3): 127-133. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9604.2011.01491.x.
  • Leather, C., Hogh, H., Seiss, E. and Everatt, J. (2011) Cognitive Functioning and Work Success in Adults with Dyslexia. Dyslexia 17(4): 327-338. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/dys.441.
  • Mahfoudhi, A., Elbeheri, G., Al-Rashidi, M. and Everatt, J. (2010) The Role of Morphological Awareness in Reading Comprehension Among Typical and Learning Disabled Native Arabic Speakers. Journal of Learning Disabilities 43(6): 500-514. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022219409355478.
  • Elbeheri, G. and Everatt, J. (2009) Cross-Linguistic Research and Our Understanding of Dyslexia: The Case of Arabic. Perspectives on Language & Literacy 35(5): 41-42.
  • Elbeheri, G., Everatt, J. and Al Malki, M. (2009) The incidence of dyslexia among young offenders in Kuwait. Dyslexia 15(2): 86-104. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/dys.361.
  • Elbeheri, G., Mahfoudhi, A. and Everatt, J. (2009) Perspectives from the Arab world. Perspectives on Language and Literacy 35(1): 9-12.
  • Everatt, J. (2009) Guest Editorial: Perspectives from around the world. Perspectives on Language and Literacy 35(1)
  • Everatt, J. (2008) Mind your language. Dyslexia Contact 27: 24-25.
  • Everatt, J., Weeks, S. and Brooks, P. (2008) Profiles of strengths and weaknesses in dyslexia and other learning difficulties. Dyslexia 14(1): 16-41. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/dys.342.
  • Smythe, I., Everatt, J., Al-Menaye, N., He, X., Capellini, S., Gyarmathy, E. and Siegel, LS. (2008) Predictors of Word-level Literacy Amongst Grade 3 Children in Five Diverse Languages. Dyslexia 14(3): 170-187. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/dys.369.
  • Elbeheri, G. and Everatt, J. (2007) Literacy ability and phonological processing skills amongst dyslexic and non-dyslexic speakers of Arabic. Reading and Writing 20(3): 273-294. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11145-006-9031-0.
  • Weeks, S., Everatt, J. and Brooks, P. (2006) amidyslexic?com: A new and innovative web-based dyslexia-screening tool for adults. Dyslexia Review (Spring 2006): 16-22.
  • Elsayyad, Hossam., Everatt, John., Mortimore, Tilly. and Haynes, Charles. (0) The influence of working memory on reading comprehension in vowelized versus non-vowelized Arabic. Reading and Writing http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11145-016-9705-1.
Authored Books
  • Reid, G., Elbeheri, G. and Everatt, J. (2015) Assessing children with specific learning difficulties. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Everatt, JM., Abu Al-Diyar, M., Elbeheri, G., Taibah, N. and Mahfoudhi, A. (2012) Phonological Processing and Reading and Writing Disorders (In Arabic). Kuwait: Centre for Child Evaluation & Teaching.
  • Taibah, N., Elbeheri, G., Abu Al-Diyar, M., Everatt, J., Mahfoudhi, A. and Haynes, C. (2011) A Test of Phonological Processing for Children (in Arabic): Manual. Kuwait: Center for Child Evaluation and Teaching.
  • Elbeheri, G., Everatt, J., Mahfoudhi, A. and Al-Diyar, M. (2009) Dyslexia: A guide for Arab researchers (written in Arabic). Kuwait: Centre for Child Evaluation & Teaching.
Edited Volumes
  • Greenwood, J., Everatt, J., Kabir, A. and Alam, S. (Ed.) (2013) Research and Educational Change in Bangladesh. Dhaka: Dhaka University Press.
  • Everatt, J. and Horobin, L. (Ed.) (2012) Dyslexia, Languages and Multilingualism. Bracknell: British Dyslexia Association.
  • Greenwood, J. and Everatt, J. (Ed.) (2012) Critical Literacy: Theories and Practices 6(2). Special Issue: Research and Educational Change in Bangladesh. Oulu: University of Oulu.
  • Hornby, G. and Everatt, J. (Ed.) (2011) Support for Learning 26(3), Special Issue: Special Educational Needs and Inclusion: Perspectives from New Zealand. Chichester: Wiley.
  • Reid, G., Elbeheri, G., Everatt, J., Knight, D. and Wearmouth, J. (Ed.) (2009) The Routledge Companion to Dyslexia. Abingdon: Routledge.
Chapters
  • Everatt, J., Mahfoudhi, A., Al-Manabri, M. and Elbeheri, G. (2015) Dyscalculia in Arabic speaking children: Assessment and intervention practices. In Chinn, S (Ed.), Routledge International Handbook of Dyscalculia and Mathematics Learning Difficulties: 183-192. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Sadeghi, A. and Everatt, J. (2015) Influence of language background on English reading comprehension skills: Cross-language transfer effects. In Wong, LT, Dubey-Jhaveri, A (Ed.), English language education in a global world: Practices, issues and challenges: 69-80. New York: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Everatt, J. and McNeill, BC. (2014) Practical implications from research into dyspraxia. In Holliman, AJ (Ed.), The Routledge International Companion to Educational Psychology: 307-316. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Everatt, J., Elbeheri, G. and Brooks, P. (2014) Dyscalculia: Research and practice on identification and intervention across languages. In Holliman, AJ (Ed.), The Routledge International Companion to Educational Psychology: 317-326. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Everatt, J., Reid, G. and Elbeheri, G. (2013) Assessment approaches for multilingual learners with dyslexia. In Martin, D (Ed.), Researching Dyslexia in Multilingual Settings: Diverse Perspectives: 18-35. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
  • Everatt, J., Sadeghi, A., Grech, L., Elshikh, M., Abdel-Sabour, S., Al-Menaye, N., McNeill, B. and Elbeheri, G. (2013) Assessment of literacy difficulties in second language and bilingual learners. In Spanoudis, G, Tsagari, D (Ed.), Assessing L2 Students with Learning and Other Disabilities (Linguistics): 27-43. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Khan, TA., Rahaman, MM., Hornby, G., Sutherland, D., Everatt, J. and Greenwood, J. (2013) Inclusive Education at Secondary Level in Bangladesh: Challenges and Recommendations. In Greenwood, J, Everatt, J, Kabir, AH, Alam, S (Ed.), Research and educational change in Bangladesh: 245-261. Dhaka: University of Dhaka Press.
  • Shamsuzzaman, M. and Everatt, J. (2013) Teaching writing in English at tertiary level in Bangladesh: Deconstructing error and reconstructing pedagogy. In Greenwood, J, Everatt, J, Kabir, AH, Alam, S (Ed.), Research and educational change in Bangladesh: 69-83. Dhaka: University of Dhaka.
  • Fidler, R. and Everatt, J. (2012) Reading comprehension in adult students with dyslexia: Areas of weakness and strategies for support. In Brunswick, N (Ed.), Supporting dyslexic adults in higher education and the workplace: 91-100. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Everatt, J. and Fidler, R. (2010) Adults with Dyslexia - recent research. In Leather, C, McLoughlin, D (Ed.), Employment and Dyslexia Handbook 2010: 62-66. Bracknell: British Dyslexia Association.
  • Everatt, J. and Reid, G. (2010) Motivating children with dyslexia. In Fletcher, J, Parkhill, F, Gillon, G (Ed.), Motivating literacy learners in today's world: 67-78. Wellington: NZCER Press.
  • Everatt, J., Ocampo, D., Veii, K., Nenopoulou, S., Smythe, I., Al Mannai, H. and Elbeheri, G. (2010) Dyslexia in biscriptal readers. In Brunswick, N, McDougall, S, de Mornay Davies, P (Ed.), Reading and Dyslexia in Different Orthographies: 221-246. Hove: Psychology Press.
  • Brooks, P. and Everatt, J. (2009) Phonology, discrepancy, instruction and dyslexia: Adversaries or allies? In Larson, JE (Ed.), Educational psychology: Cognition and learning, individual differences and motivation: 205-222. New York: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Elbeheri, G. and Everatt, J. (2009) Dyslexia and IQ: from research to practice. In Reid, G, Elbeheri, G, Everatt, J, Wearmouth, J, Knight, D (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to Dyslexia: 22-32. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Everatt, J. (2009) Research in adults with dyslexia. In Smythe, I (Ed.), Employment and Dyslexia Handbook 2009: 40-45. Bracknell: British Dyslexia Association.
  • Everatt, J. and Reid, G. (2009) Dyslexia: An overview of recent research. In Reid, G, Elbeheri, G, Everatt, J, Wearmouth, J, Knight, D (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to Dyslexia: 3-21. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Mahfoudhi, A., Elbeheri, G. and Everatt, J. (2009) Reading and dyslexia in Arabic. In Reid, G, Elbeheri, G, Everatt, J, Wearmouth, J, Knight, D (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to Dyslexia: 311-320. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Everatt, J. and Elbeheri, G. (2008) Dyslexia in Different Orthographies: Variability in Transparency. In Reid, G, Fawcett, AJ, Manis, F, Siegel, LS (Ed.), The Sage Handbook of Dyslexia: 427-438. Los Angeles: Sage.
  • Everatt, J., Elbeheri, G., Firman, C. and Ocampo, D. (2008) Cross-language comparisons and multilingualism in dyslexia. In Singleton, C (Ed.), The Dyslexia Handbook 2008/9: 154-161. Bracknell: British Dyslexia Association.
Reports
  • Mortimore, T., Hansen, L., Hutchings, M., Northcote, A., Fernando, J., Horobin, L., Saunders, K. and Everatt, J. (2012) Dyslexia and multilingualism: Identifiying and supporting bilingual learners who might be at risk of developing SpLD/dyslexia.
  • Davis, N., Fletcher, J., Brooker, B., Everatt, J., Gillon, G., Mackey, J. and Morrow, D. (2010) E-learning for adult literacy, language and numeracy: A review of the literature.
  • Taibah, N., Everatt, J., Elbeheri, G., Abu Al-Diyar, M. and Abdel Aziz, O. (2010) Developing & standardizing tests for the assessment of education-related learning disabilities in Arabic in Kuwait & Saudi Arabia.
  • Elbeheri, G. and Everatt, J. (2009) Developing a computer-based Dyscalculia Screener to identify monolingual Arabic speaking individuals with dyscalculia in Kuwait.
  • Gillon, G., Davis, N., Everatt, J., McNeill, B. and Moran, C. (2009) Supporting Adults with Dyslexia: A resource developed for the Tertiary Education Commission Adult Literacy Project.
Other
  • Greenwood, J. and Everatt, J. (2012) Editor's Preface. Critical Literacy: Theories and Practices 6(2) Editorial.
  • Mahfoudhi, A., Elbeheri, G., Abu Al-Diyar, M. and Everatt, J. (2012) Standardized Test of Orthographic Processing and Morphology Awareness for Children (in Arabic). Kuwait: Centre for Child Evaluation & Teaching. Authored Test.
  • Everatt, J. (2009) Perspectives from around the world. Perspectives on Language and Literacy 35(1) Guest Editorial.
Additional Publications
  • Sadeghi, A., Everatt, J. and McNeill, BC. (2016) Do reading comprehension tests vary in the skills they assess?
  • Sadeghi, A., Everatt, J. and McNeill, BC. (2016) Influence of language background on reading comprehension among English Language Learners.
  • Belgrave, J., Everatt, J. and Fletcher, J. (2015) Dialect difference: Can awareness improve outcomes for struggling readers?
  • Belgrave, J., Everatt, J. and Fletcher, J. (2014) Early literacy interventions: Dialectical awareness.
  • Belgrave, J., Everatt, J. and Fletcher, J. (2014) Meta-awareness of dialect difference: impacts on early literacy interventions.
  • Fidler, R., Purvis, C., McNeill, BC. and Everatt, J. (2014) Strategies to support reading comprehension amongst adult students with literacy weaknesses - effectiveness across country contexts.
  • Purvis, C., McNeill, BC., Everatt, J. and Sutherland, D. (2014) The effectiveness of building New Zealand student teachers' language structure knowledge within an Undergraduate Literacy Education Course.
  • Almutairi, A., Everatt, J., Fox-Turnbull, W. and Snape, P. (2013) Perceptions of Technology Education in the Saudi primary curricula (Tertiary students and Primary Science Teachers). Christchurch, New Zealand: PATT 27 - Technology Education for the Future: A Play on Sustainability, 2 Dec 2013 - 6 Dec 2013. In PATT 27 - Technology Education for the Future: A Play on Sustainability: 11-18.
  • Sadeghi, A., McNeill, BC. and Everatt, J. (2013) Influence of L1 background on early English literacy learning.
  • Sadeghi, A., Everatt, J. and McNeill, BC. (2012) Reading comprehension in Persian: Predictors of individual differences and comparisons with English.
  • Sadeghi, A., Everatt, J. and McNeill, BC. (2012) Reading comprehension in Persian-English bilinguals: Support for learning. Mons, Belgium: 17th European Conference on Reading Literacy and Diversity, 31 Jul 2011 - 3 Aug 2011.
  • Wong, A., Everatt, J. and McNeill, BC. (2012) Second language writing in the ESL classroom. Dunedin, New Zealand: First National Postgraduate Colloquium, 1 Aug 2012 - 1 Aug 2012. In Bracing Malaysia for a complicated world: A compilation of research by Malaysian postgraduates in New Zealand: 65-81.
  • Almutairi, A., Everatt, J., Davis, N. and Snape, P. (2011) Technology Education in primary schools of New Zealand and Saudi Arabia: A comparative study. Dunedin, New Zealand: Biennial Conference of Technology Education New Zealand (TENZ 2011), 26 Jul 2011 - 28 Jul 2011. In Proceedings of Technology Education Eighth Biennial Conference
  • Everatt, J., Grech, L. and Firman, C. (2011) Word-level and text-level reading in Maltese: underlying phonological and linguistic predictors.
  • Hansen, L., Mortimore, T., Northcote, A. and Everatt, J. (2011) Dyslexia and Multilingualism: Can a teacher-administered accessible screener identify bilingual children at risk of dyslexia?
  • Leather, C. and Everatt, J. (2011) An exploration into the role of executive functioning in the success of dyslexic adults.
  • Mortimore, T., Hutchings, M., Ansell, C., Northcote, A., Hansen, L. and Everatt, J. (2011) Dyslexia and multilingualism: Reflections on a mixed methodology.
  • Mortimore, T., Northcote, A., Hutchings, M., Hansen, L., Ansell, C. and Everatt, J. (2011) Dyslexia and multilingualism: Identification and intervention.
  • Wong, A., Everatt, J. and McNeill, B. (2011) Predictors of second language writing quality.
  • Elbeheri, G., Everatt, J. and Al-Sharhan, A. (2010) Dyslexia in Arabic: Identification & Intervention.
  • Elbeheri, G., Everatt, J., Taibah, N., Abu Al-Diyra, M. and Al-Rashidi, M. (2010) Dyslexia and the development of an Arabic test of phonological processing.
  • Everatt, J. (2010) Children and adults with dyslexia: findings across different languages.
  • Everatt, J. (2010) Difficulties in learning to read and write (dyslexia) across different languages.
  • Everatt, J. (2010) Dyslexia across different languages.
  • Everatt, J. (2010) Dyslexia and dyscalculia.
  • Everatt, J. (2010) Profiles of children with learning disabilities.
  • Everatt, J. (2010) What is dyslexia? - Dyslexia theories - Dyslexia assessment.
  • Everatt, J., Al-Manabri, M. and Elbeheri, G. (2010) Dyscalculia in an Arabic context.
  • Everatt, J., Elbeheri, G., Ocampo, D., Veii, K. and Al-Menaye, N. (2010) Dyslexia in different languages. School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, London, UK: Language Learning and Dyslexia Symposium, 15 Feb 2008 - 15 Feb 2008. In Language Learning and Dyslexia Symposium Proceedings: 17-29.
  • Sadeghi, A., Everatt, J., Tehrani, LG., Al-Menaye, N., Elbeheri, G., Mahfoudhi, A. and McNeill, B. (2010) Text reading across languages: the influence of underlying cognitive-linguistic abilities.
  • Sadeghi, A., Everatt, J., Tehrani, LG., McNeill, B., Elbeheri, G. and Al-Menaye, N. (2010) Predictors of Reading Comprehension Across Languages.
  • Taibah, N., Everatt, J., Elbeheri, G., Mahfoudi, A. and Abu Al-Diyra, M. (2010) Word decoding and reading comprehension in Arabic speaking children.
  • Wong, A., Everatt, J. and McNeill, B. (2010) Second language writing process: How do ESL students write?
  • Al-Rashidi, M., Al-Menaye, N. and Everatt, J. (2008) Differences between first language English dyslexics and students with English as an additional language.
  • Al-Sharhan, A., Al-Menaye, N. and Everatt, J. (2008) Children with ADHD characteristics: Identification and support.
  • Elbeheri, G., Al Menaye, N. and Everatt, J. (2008) Comparisons of reading skills in Arabic speaking children with and without learning difficulties.
  • Elbeheri, G., Everatt, J. and Mahfoudhi, A. (2008) Comparisons of reading skills in Arabic speaking children with and without learning difficulties.
  • Everatt, J., Elbeheri, G., Al-Manabri, M. and Al-Sharhan, A. (2008) Profiles of Arabic children with educational learning difficulties.
  • Fidler, R., Everatt, J. and Brooks, P. (2008) Reading Comprehension Skills Amongst Dyslexic Adult Students.
  • Jeffries, S. and Everatt, J. (2008) Working memory in children with learning difficulties: A model of threats and protection factors.
  • Smythe, I., Everatt, J. and Siegel, L. (2008) Cross-linguistic comparison of reading and writing difficulties.
  • Al-Mannai, H. and Everatt, J. (2007) Longitudinal predictors of early Arabic literacy.
  • Al-Sharhan, A., Al Menayie, N. and Everatt, J. (2007) Counseling-based Support for Children with ADHD Characteristics in a Special School.
  • Elbeheri, G., Mahfoudhi, A., AlMenaye, N., AlMannai, H., Malki, M. and Everatt, J. (2007) Literacy and dyslexia in Arabic.
  • Everatt, J., Brooks, P., Nenopoulou, S., Galache Vielba, M., Saeed, S., Al Menaye, N. and Al Rashidi, M. (2007) Differences between first language English dyslexics and students with English as an additional language.
  • Firman, C., Azzopardi-Alexander, M. and Everatt, J. (2007) Predictors of literacy levels in children exposed to two languages of different orthographies.
  • Tehrani, LG. and Everatt, J. (2007) Dyslexia in Persian: Literacy, phonological processing & memory.
  • Elbeheri, G. and Everatt, J. (2006) The contribution of phonological and morphological processing skills to reading development amongst dyslexic and non-dyslexic speakers of Arabic.
  • Everatt, J., Jeffries, S., Elbeheri, G., Smythe, I. and Veii, K. (2006) Cross language learning disabilities and verbal versus spatial memory.
  • Fidler, R., Everatt, J., Weeks, S. and Brooks, P. (2006) Speed of processing and reading comprehension strategies amongst adult students with developmental dyslexia.
  • Jeffries, S. and Everatt, J. (2006) Developmental learning disabilities and working memory functioning.