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Miss Sophie Marie Hall 

Postgraduate researcher

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Sophie is a PhD student at Southampton Education School, University of Southampton. She also co-organises the Southampton ReproducibiliTea journal club, an open science initiative.

Research interests

Sophie’s PhD project focuses on how writing beliefs and drafting strategies affect writing processes, text quality and knowledge development in UK higher education students with and without dyslexia. Using a combination of questionnaire and quasi-experimental procedures involving keystroke-logging, she aims to:

  • investigate whether beliefs about writing can be measured in the same way across students with and without dyslexia
  • test whether the effects of different drafting strategies on text quality, knowledge development and the writing process vary depending on the writer’s beliefs about writing
  • see whether these effects are the same for students with and without dyslexia

She hopes that the findings from her study will give more insight into how dyslexia is implicated in the writing process, and whether the writer’s views about writing, along with the type of drafting strategies they use, affect their writing outcomes – particularly in terms of academic writing. These findings could help to inform academic writing instruction for higher education students in the future.

Research group

Leadership, Effective Education & Policy

Miss Sophie Marie Hall
Southampton Education School University of Southampton Building 32 Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom
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