Rose Brooks, BA, MA, MSc, PGDip
Department of Human Communication Sciences
University of Sheffield
362 Mushroom Lane
I trained as a primary and special needs teacher in the USA. After teaching in primary education for seven years (including roles as SENCo, deputy head and acting headteacher), I moved across to the local authority advisory service. Advisory teacher posts have covered a range of areas, including General Learning Difficulties, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Autism and currently speech and language. Early in my career I completed an MA in Curriculum Studies at the London Institute of Education, carrying out a qualitative study on teacher perceptions of research. A continuing interest in the needs of individual learners has led to a postgraduate diploma in Dyslexia and an MSc in my current department. My dissertation, which received a distinction, focussed on effective methods of vocabulary instruction.
Psycholinguistics, vocabulary instruction, language and literacy
My PhD dissertation will be a randomised control trial on the impact of phonological awareness (form-based) cues in vocabulary teaching. It is becoming more common in primary education to use a sound-meaning approach to vocabulary instruction, but the impact of the new pedagogy needs to be evaluated.
NAPLIC, AMBDA, BAAL, SIG secondary, SIG literacy
Faculty scholarship (2015-2021)