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

  • 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 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40841-022-00251-6.
  • 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/TLD.0000000000000233.
  • 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 http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0265659020903769.
  • Gillon G., McNeill B. and Scott A. (2019) Better Start Literacy Approach: Advancing foundational early literacy skills in all children. Christchurch, New Zealand: NZ Resource Teachers Literacy Conference, 24-27 Sep 2019.
  • Gillon G., McNeill B., Scott A., Denston A., Carson K. and Macfarlane A. (2019) Word reading and spelling development in children who enter school with known challenges to their literacy learning. Taipei, Taiwan: 31st World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics,, 18 Aug-22 Oct 2019.