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Dr Elizabeth Doell

Senior Lecturer in Speech Language Therapy

Institute of Education

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Developing valid  authentic  tools and partnership practice models for language and learning interventions in the early years. Collaborative classroom based intervention in educational settings.  Identifying critical features of optimal language and learning evnrionments for children with speech, language and communication needs.   


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Education (130000): Special Education and Disability (130312): Specialist Studies in Education (130300): Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)


Child language development and disorders. Language and learning.  Partnership approaches to language and learning intervention in the early years. 

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 2

Completed Projects

Project Title: Language intervention outcomes

The importance of intervening early for children with delayed or disordered language is well established but as yet there is limited information about effective interventions. 'It Takes Two to Talk (ITTT) is an early language parent programme used by speech-language therapists throughout New Zealand. The programme and evidence base was developed in North America and apart from anecdotal reports there has been no study of New Zealand adult and child experiences and outcomes. In the current study, data have been collected from a diverse sample of children and their parents/wh?nau participating in eight ITTT programmes across three New Zealand regions. Video analyses of parent child interactions identify changes in the ways adult conversational partners interact with their children and concomitant changes in the complexity of each child's language. Adults' use of strategies such as: focusing on their child's interests, waiting for responses, and language modelling are measured along with indicators of child language development (the number and variety of words, length of word combinations, and variety of language functions). A case study methodology has been used to explore the impact of adult participants' perspectives, experiences and cultural background and children's age and general developmental issues on the outcomes achieved.
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Date Range: 2013 - 2013

Funding Body: Massey University

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Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
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Completed Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2015 - Jayne Helen Jackson - Doctor of Education
    Collaborative Support for Reading Development: Parent Partnership in Practice

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