Children’s word learning during independent reading

Children’s word learning during independent reading

Programs Available

Mres Yr 2 + PhD 

Reference Number


Opening Date

25 Jun 2020 12am AEST 

Closing Date

31 Oct 2021 12am AEDT 

Scholarship available to



This project aims to address the major unsolved problem of how children build their knowledge about printed words through their reading. This is important since, once children have been taught the basics of reading, the primary means by which they learn new words is through reading experience. The project will use innovative technology to monitor children’s eye movements as they encounter new words during reading, examining factors influencing real-time cognitive processing and ongoing learning. There is also scope within the project to explore other aspects of learning to read, and to extend investigations to children with reading difficulties.


This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake an MRes Year 2 (1-year) + PhD (3-year) program.

Scholarship Components

The scholarship is comprised of the Tuition Fee Offset and a Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) Living Allowance/Stipend.

The stipend component of the scholarship is currently valued at AUD $28,092 per annum (2020 rate, tax exempt).

Contact Details

Name: Professor Anne Castles

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