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Tom Nicholson gained his PhD at the University of Minnesota and worked at The University of Waikato and The University of Auckland where he held a personal chair in Education and was co-head of the School of Education before coming to Massey University's Auckland campus in 2006 where he is a Professor of Literacy Education.
In 2009 he was elected to the International Reading Association's Reading Hall of Fame - he is one of two working at a New Zealand University.
He has authored adn co-authored more than 170 publications including 25 books. Recent authored and co-authored books include Phonics Handbook, Teaching Expository Text Structure, Teaching Reading Vocabulary, Teaching Reading Comprehension, Dyslexia Decoded, Literacy in Early Childhood and Primary, and the New Zealand Dyslexia Handbook. In progress publication is on teaching of writing and spelling.
He has taught in a range of areas including human development, research methods, language, literacy, and cognitive development, and the teaching of writing in the classroom. Current teaching load: Teaching students with literacy learning difficulties, Educational research methods. Current thesis supervision and co-supervision: two doctoral students and eight masters students.
Nicholson has directed an after-school reading project attended by many hundreds of pupils needing help with learning to read and spell.
He is married, lives in Auckland, likes walking and jogging, cafes, the movies, and looking at art.
Tom Nicholson is a Professor of Education in the Institute of Education at Massey University. Before that he held a personal chair at The University of Auckland and before that was Associate Professor at the University of Waikato. He has published widely and is in the Reading Hall of Fame. He has taught many papers including the reading process, psychology of reading, developmental psychology, issues in education, human development, language literacy and cognitive development, educational research methods, research methods for professional practice, teaching writing in the classroom , applied behavior analysis, child language development, language and cognition, and reading difficulties.
Research continues to focus on application of theoretical findings. Current research focuses on the simple view of reading and writing and on code-cipher theory.
He has won more than a million dollars in research funding. Most of the funding of $700,000 has been for research interventions for "at risk" minority group children. He also won a co-authored grant from Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) of $100,000 and an Australian government Discovery Grant of $200,000.
Major honours include election to the prestigious International Reading Association Hall of Fame and personal appointment in 2010 by New Zealand Minister of Education to a small, Independent Advisory Group (IAG) to advise the Minister on National Standards in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics.
He has been or is currently on the editorial board or a consultant reviewer for a range of publications including
Reading and Writing: An International Journal (ranked as one of the top ten journals in Education and Educational Research), Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties,
Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, Learning and Individual Differences, Reading Research Quarterly, International Journal of Development and Education, National Reading Conference Yearbook, Scientific Studies of Reading, American Educational Research Journal, Journal of Literacy Research, Reading Psychology, Publications Committee of the International Reading Association, The The Reading Teacher, Applied Psycholinguistics, Journal of Educational Psychology, New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, Australian Journal of Education, and Set – A Journal for Teachers.
He acted as guest editor for USA journal Perspectives on Language and Literacy.
Supervised or co-supervised more than two dozen postgraduate theses.
A significant and respected voice for education in the public policy domain in NZ evidenced by dozens of media interviews. Recognised education scholar with over 1,000 citations, and national and international appointments and awards.
21st Century Citizenship, Resource Development and Management, Health and Well-being
Field of research codes
Curriculum and Pedagogy (130200): Education (130000): English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL) (130204): Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics, Business and Management) (130205)
language, literacy, reading difficulties, spelling difficulties, teaching writing, dyslexia, reading vocabulary, reading comprehension, summer slide, summer books, teaching phonics, how children learn to read and why some fail, social justice in literacy, poverty and literacy, research methods, experimental design, literate cultural capital, Reading Recovery
Project Title: Talking about Text
Date Range: 2007 - 2008
Funding Body: Massey University