Amy Scott

Senior LecturerDr Amy Scott

Manawa, Level 4, 276 Antigua Street
Internal Phone: 93980
Te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te ngahere; te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga, nōna te ao.

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

Dr. Amy Scott is a Senior Lecturer and programme coordinator for the Better Start Literacy Approach microcredentials in the Child Well-being Research Institute at the University of Canterbury. She has a background as a speech-language therapist, working with a diverse range of populations including young children, adolescents, parents and students with Special Education Needs.

Dr. Scott is a researcher on several projects focused on children’s early literacy success. Her research interests include the development of tools and resources for teachers and whānau, to support the facilitation of early literacy and language success. Dr. Scott has led the advancement of the online assessment tools that form part of the Better Start Literacy Approach, and has particular expertise in the development of multi-purpose assessment tools, which bridge the gap between literacy research and teacher practice.

Dr Scott holds undergraduate qualifications in Psychology and Speech and Language Therapy (with Honours), a Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, and a PhD in Education, all from the University of Canterbury.

Recent Publications

  • Gillon G., McNeill B., Scott A., Arrow A., Gath M. and Macfarlane A. (2022) A better start literacy approach: effectiveness of Tier 1 and Tier 2 support within a response to teaching framework. Reading and Writing
  • Scott A., Gillon G., McNeill B. and Gath M. (2022) Impacting Change in Classroom Literacy Instruction: A Further Investigation of the Better Start Literacy Approach. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies 57(1): 191-211.
  • Scott A., Gillon G., McNeill B. and Kopach A. (2022) The Evolution of an Innovative Online Task to Monitor Children's Oral Narrative Development. Frontiers in Psychology 13
  • Gillon G., McNeill B., Denston A., Scott A. and Macfarlane A. (2020) Evidence-Based Class Literacy Instruction for Children with Speech and Language Difficulties. Topics in Language Disorders 40(4): 357-374.
  • Scott A., McNeill B. and van Bysterveldt A. (2020) Teenage mothers’ language use during shared reading: an examination of quantity and quality. Child Language Teaching and Therapy