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Prof James Chapman PhD (Alta), M A (Well), Dip Tchg, FIARLD


College of Health



  • PhD - University of Alberta (1979)
  • Master of Arts - Victoria Unviersity of Wellington (1974)
  • Diploma in Teaching - New Zealand Department of Education (1974)
  • Fellow, International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities - International Academy for Research in Learning Dsiabilities (1983)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Literacy learning difficulties

Cognitive-motivational factors associated with low achievement

Learning disabilities

Reading Recovery


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Education (130000):
Educational Psychology (170103): Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000)


Achievement-related self-perceptions


Literacy learning difficulties

Learning disabilities

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 2

Consultancy and Languages


  • Jan 2014-Jan 2016 - Semarang State University, Indonesia
    International Expert for Curriculum Re-development project across the University.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 0 6
Co-supervisor 2 4


Quantitative research methods

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Christine Braid - Doctor of Philosophy
    Examining teacher knowledge and practice that contributes to early reading success for all children
  • Thi Hong Nhung Nguyen - Doctor of Philosophy
    The development of a contextualised set of evaluation criteria for studying internationalisation at a Vietnamese public university

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2015 - Lalida Sasai - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Relationship between Self-Regulated Learning and the Use of Online Portfolios in an Online Learning Environment
  • 2015 - Supornphan Konchiab - Doctor of Philosophy
    Development of Communication Strategy Instruction For A Tourism Education Programme in Thailand
  • 2007 - Andrea Vosslamber - Doctor of Philosophy
    Strategy Instruction and Teacher Professional Development to Aid the Teading Comprehension of Year 4 students
  • 2007 - Janis Carroll-Lind - Doctor of Philosophy
    Children's Perceptions of Violence: The Nature, Extent, and Impact of their Experiences
  • 2005 - Sally Hansen - Doctor of Philosophy
    An Investigation of English Teacher Efficacey Beliefs: Subject-Specificity, Subject-Congruency, and Associated Factors.
  • 1996 - Colin Gibbs - Doctor of Philosophy
    Teacher Efficacy, Orientations Toward Children and Self-Esteem: The Effects of Student Teaching Practice.

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2014 - Jan Chapman - Doctor of Philosophy
    Motivation and High-Stakes Certification Assessment: Secondary School Students' Perceptions
  • 1998 - Keith Greaney - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Effects of Rime-Based Orthographic Analogy Training on the Word Recognition Skills of Children with Reading Disability.
  • 1997 - Alexandra Iversen - Doctor of Philosophy
    Reading Recovery as a Small Group Intervention.
  • 1993 - Meryl McKay - Doctor of Philosophy
    Causal Attributions for Criminal Offending and Sexual Arousal of Four Categories of Offenders

Media and Links


  • 29 Sep 2016 - Radio
    Reading Recovery
    Interviewed on Morning Report about New South Wales pulling back from Reading Recovery and whether New Zealand should do the same.
  • 14 Feb 2016 - Newspaper
    Sunday Star-Times
    Reported interview about outdated nature of the Reading Recovery programme.
  • 09 Sep 2014 - Newspaper
    Reading program failing goals
    Interview with Kevin Donnelly, The Australian newspaper.
  • 08 Sep 2014 - Online
    Little progress in tackling 'flawed' literacy plan
    Interview with James Fyfe, TV3 Online News about problems with New Zealand literacy teaching
  • 08 Feb 2016 - Radio
    ABC National Radio Australia: Reading Recovery
    Extended interview (30 minutes) on the Australian ABC Life Matters National Radio programme about the effectiveness of the Reading Recovery programme.
  • 03 Sep 2014 - Radio
    New Zealand's literacy teaching problems
    ABC Radio, Melbourne, interviewed 3.05pm regarding problems with New Zealand's literacy strategy and Reading Recovery
  • 02 Sep 2014 - Newspaper
    Reading Recovery a 'failed program'
    Interview for the Melbourne Age newspaper
  • 01 Oct 2014 - Magazine
    The Knew Illiteracy, North & South
    Interview with Joanna Wane, North & South (pp.32-40), about literacy and writing standards of NZ school children & university students.
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    Interview regarding Dyslexia's recognition in New Zealand in Asia-wide university and education publication. I was invited to participate in the interview because of my leading reputation in research

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