Workshop WG1+WG2, Jyväskylä

Workshop WG1+WG2

ELN WGs 1 and 2 met in Jyväskylä to coordinate and advance their joint projects and activities from 2nd to 3rd of February. 
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Meeting Abstracts 

Meeting Venue

The meeting will take place in the Agora building at the University's Mattilanniemi Campus (the street address Mattilanniemi 2, Jyväskylä). The venue is located approx. 1 km from the Jyväskylä city centre.


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University of Reading
United Kingdom

Tufts University
United States

University of Jyväskylä

Rhona Stainthorp, University of Reading, short-bio

Over the last 40 years, she has worked in a number of academic departments in UK universities teaching teachers, and speech and language therapists from undergraduate to Ph.D. level about the development of literacy. She has also been extensively involved in providing continuing professional development across the UK. She has advised the UK as well as other Governments (e.g., Vietnam, Malaysia) on aspects of the development and teaching of reading and writing.

Her research focuses on the development of literacy. It includes studies of reading, writing and spelling skills in English and other orthographies, precocious reading ability, and children with literacy difficulties. She is currently investigating the impact of phonics teaching in England on the develop of spelling skills.

Stephanie Gottwald, Tufts University, short-bio

Stephanie Gottwald, Ph.D. is the Co-Founder and Director of Content at Curious Learning, a non-profit that has created an open source platform solution to deliver and monitor education apps in communities with limited resources. At Curious Learning, she oversees the creation and deployment of literacy and cognitive assessment and learning apps. Stephanie also serves as the Assistant Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University where she directs research into the identification and intervention of dyslexia. Her research interests include the interaction between the acquisition of spoken and written languages and technological tools for language and literacy instruction. Stephanie is the co-author with Dr. Maryanne Wolf of the newly released Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century: The Literary Agenda. She holds an M.A. from Boston College and a Ph.D. from Tufts University in Linguistics and Literacy.

Heikki Lyytinen, University of Jyväskylä, short-bio

Heikki Lyytinen, emeritus professor of Developmental Neuropsychology and now UNESCO Chair on Inclusive Literacy Learning for All (2015-2019;, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, also associated with the Niilo Mäki Institute, Jyväskylä, Finland. PI of the Jyväskylä Longitudinal study of Dyslexia (JLD, 1996-) and GraphoWorld Initiative & projects (see >300 scientific publications. For publications & more, see Main actual research-related interest: development of scientifically validated digital learning environments to support acquisition of basic scholastic skills, most specifically reading skills.

University of Jyväskylä

The University of Jyväskylä is a multidisciplinary university, evolved from the first Finnish Teacher College established in 1863. At present, the University plays a very active role in many scientific fields both nationally and internationally. Human, nature, and technology form the key elements of the multidisciplinary scientific profile of the University. There are nearly 16 000 Finnish degree students, as well as exchange students from some 70 universities abroad. The University has research collaborators in numerous universities all over the world.


February 2 

  MC Meeting                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
             Plenary Session

  From thinking for speaking to thinking for writing
  Invited speaker: Sven Strömquist, University of Lund

             Working Groups Parallel Meetings
             Working Group 1


  Workshop: Analysing spelling errors: Orthography matters.
  Rhona Stainthorp, University of Reading


  Coffee Break  

  Workshop continues 
             Working Group 2 

  Individual team meetings discussing current work.
     Academic writing team: A guided session/mini workshop on Journey Plots Data Analysis Methods 
     Bojana Petric and Mira Bekar


  Coffee break


  A guided discussion on data analysis methods and hands-on activities
  Bojana Petric, Christiane K. Donahue and Montserrat Castelló Badia

 February 3

  Time to stop playing Humpty Dumpty 
  Rhona Stainthorp, University of Reading


  Literacy acquisition in Finnish: What do we know and where to go next? download pdf
  Mikko Aro & Marja-Kristiina Lerkkanen, University of Jyväskylä


  Coffee Break


  Reading Assessment and Intervention: New research approach in early ages and learning disabilities download pdf
  Celestino Rodríguez, University of Oviedo


  Voice identity recognition in native vs. non-native language and dyslexia
  São Luís Castro, University of Porto


  The non-trivial emergence of visual expertise for print download pdf
   Dénes Tóth, Brain Imaging Center of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences


  Cognitive and language profiles of Slovak children with dyslexia based on criteria of selection
  Marina Mikulajová, Comenius University 




   Personalized Literacy Instruction via Mobile Devices: From Letters to Deep Reading
  Stephanie Gottwald, Center for Reading and Literacy Tufts University


  Digital literacy and forms of learning
  Team Digital literacy -  Luis Pereira, Aivars Glaznieks, Maria José Brites


  Dissertation/thesis writing across Europe: Exploring student writers' experiences download pdf
  Team Academic writing  - Bojana Petric and Mira Bekar


  Setting up a multilingual literacy project download pdf
  Team Multilingual literacy – Esther Breuer


  Combinatorial capabilities of a skilled reader (to be developed) download pdf
  Team Development of reader/writer – Anita Peti-Stantic


   Coffee Break

 17h30    Discussion and Wrapping up

 February 4


  Brain foundations of the development of spoken and written language and those of the associated learning problem       
  Ken Pugh, University of Yale


  Language development and the brain - a view from MEG studies
  Tiina Parviainen, University of Jyväskylä


  The developmental variety of children facing problems in the acquisition of reading skills
  Minna Torppa, University of Jyväskylä

 Coffee Break


  Neural risk factors for dyslexia 
  Paavo Leppänen, University of Jyväskylä


  Observations from the learning brain
  Jarmo Hämäläinen, University of Jyväskylä


  Supporting reading acquisition using GraphoGame technology
  Ulla Richardson, University of Jyväskylä


  Key facts we know about dyslexia, its early identification, prevention and treatment download pdf
  Heikki Lyytinen, University of Jyväskylä

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