Dr. Kelly Cartwright Awarded $270,000 Grant for Reading Comprehension Project

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Dr. Kelly Cartwright, Professor of Psychology, was awarded a four-year, $270,000 grant from the Institute of Education Sciences for a project called Language, Executive Functioning Skills, and Reading for eNgagement (LEARN). The project is a collaboration between Cartwright and colleagues from the University of Maryland, and will track factors that contribute to the development of successful reading comprehension in English monolingual students (EMs) – native English speakers, and English learners (ELs) – students for whom English is a second language, in first through fifth grades. The grant will also support undergraduate researchers at Christopher Newport.

“English learners have particular difficulties with English reading comprehension,” Cartwright says. “However, although executive-functioning skills and engagement contribute to EM students’ reading comprehension, little research has examined the roles of these elements in ELs’ reading comprehension development. Findings from this study will provide critical information about potential reading comprehension interventions, particularly which factors might be important to target in future research.”

Cartwright earned her PhD from the University of Arkansas, and specializes in executive-functioning skills, reading comprehension, and cognitive and language development.

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