ERRR Podcast #005. Pamela Snow, Phonics + How can we get the real story from students?

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In this episode of the Education Research Reading Room we were lucky enough to have as our guest Professor Pamela Snow.

Pamela is a registered psychologist, having qualified originally in speech pathology. Her research has been funded by nationally competitive schemes such as the ARC Discovery Program, ARC Linkage Program, and the Criminology Research Council, and spans various aspects of risk in childhood and adolescence, in particular:

-the oral language skills of high-risk young people (youth offenders and those in the state care system), and the role of oral language competence as an academic and mental health protective factor in childhood and adolescence;
-applying evidence in the language-to-literacy transition in the early years of school;
-linguistic aspects of investigative interviewing with children / adolescents as witnesses, suspects, victims in criminal investigations;

Pamela has taught a wide range of undergraduate health professionals, and also has experience in postgraduate teacher education. She has research links with the education, welfare and justice sectors, and her research has been published in a wide range of international journals. She is frequently called upon to address education, health, welfare, and forensic audiences.

Pamela’s Twitter handle is @PamelaSnow2 and her blog The Snow Report can be found at

This month we have two articles from Pamela. Guidelines for teachers to elicit detailed and accurate narrative accounts from children and The way we teach most children to read sets them up to fail. The first article is a truly gripping piece on how to talk to students in a way that makes them feel comfortable and willing to share what’s happening at home (when appropriate) or what happened following an incident at school. The second article is a concise and valuable overview of the current landscape of effective literacy instruction.

Links mentioned in the podcast:

Links from the intro/outro.

Links from the body of the interview.