UC Child Well-being Research Institute staff present research in Apia

12 July 2019

Professor Gail Gillon and doctoral student Saili Aukuso (UC Child Wellbeing Research Institute) together with leaders and students from the College of Education Health and Human Development met in Apia Samoa this morning with the CEO of the Samoan Ministry of Education Sports and Culture.

  • CWRI Samoan language project

The UC group presented their research findings back to the Ministry who have supported the project. The research has led to the first assessment task in Samoan language to measure young children's phonological awareness skills - skills critical for children's early literacy success. The project formed part of NZ's Better Start National Science Challenge Successful Learning Theme. The task will be further developed here in New Zealand to support children who are emerging bilingual in Samoan and English.

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