Dr Karyn Carson

Lecturer in Special Education

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education Building (5.55)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Karyn Carson is a Lecturer and Researcher in the College of Education, Psychology, and Social Work at Flinders University. She is a certified speech-language pathologist and has worked extensively in early intervention, with school-aged children with spoken language and literacy disorders, and in health-based settings with adults with communication and swallowing difficulties.

Dr Carson is an Early Career Researcher, working part-time, and advocates for the early identification and prevention of speech, language and literacy difficulties among pre-school and school-aged children. She has interests in assessment and curriculum development for children with special education needs.

Qualifications

PhD (Education), University of Canterbury, 2012
Thesis: Efficient and Effective Classroom Phonological Awareness Practices to Improve Reading Achievement.

Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy (BSLT) (1st Class Honours + Research Project), University of Canterbury, 2006
Honours Project: Enhancing Early Literacy Acquisition in Children with Speech and Language Impairment

Honours, awards and grants

Evaluation of the True Colours Program Funded by the Sammy D Foundation - 2018 - 2021

College of Education, Psychology, and Social Work Research Grant - 2018 - present

Adjunct Senior Fellow, College of Education, Health, & Human Development, University of Canterbury, New Zealand - 2016 - present

Flinders University Re-Entry Research Fellowship - 2016-2017

Australian Council of Deans of Education/Australian Association for Research in Education Early Career Researcher Presentation Award - 2015

Research Establishment Grant Award - 2013-2015

New Zealand Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarship - 2009-2012

Canterbury Doctoral Scholarship - 2009

University of Canterbury Senior Scholarship - 2005

Key responsibilities

Post-Graduate Co-ordinator (Special Education) - 2016 - present

Master of Teaching Co-ordinator (Special Education): 2017 - present

Continuing Professional Education Committee Member: 2016 - present

Chair Research in Special Education (RISE) Research Group - 2015 - 2016

Research Higher Degree Supervisor - 2013 - present

Deputy Vice Chancellor - Research (DVC-R), Early Career Researcher Committee (School of Education Representative) - 2013 - 2015

Coordinator for Masters of Education (Special Education) Topics:

  • EDUC 9531: Current Perspectives in Early Intervention
  • EDUC 9532: Early Intervention - Learning from and through play
Research expertise
Curriculum and pedagogy
Education systems
Specialist studies in education
Speech pathology
Research interests

Dr Carson's research focuses on the early identification of speech, language and literacy difficulties through robust and predictive screening and monitoring methods, evidence-based clinical and classroom-based instructional approaches, and enhanced professional learning and collaboration among educators and related professionals.

Her work has been published widely at both national and international levels and has been recognised for excellence through receipt of the Australian Council of Deans of Education and the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Early Career Researcher Presentation Award, as well an international invitation to join the, A Better Start: E Tipu e Rea, national project in New Zealand as a Literacy Strand Adjunct Researcher.

Dr Carson's work has been supported through a series of innovative grants resulting in international publications, and the output of educational resources for teachers.

Current Research Projects:

  • Evaluation of the True Colours Program - Co-Investigator
  • Efficacy of the Pyramid Model in early childhood settings to meet the social-emotional needs of children with a disability - Co-Investigator
  • Heuristic guide to language learning for interdisciplinary professionals working with infants and toddlers - Co-Investigator
  • Raising Reading Achievement through Kindergarten-Wide Phonological Awareness Instruction - Chief Investigator
  • A Better Start: E Tipu e Rea, New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation, & Employment - Adjunct Researcher, Literacy Strand (http://www.education.canterbury.ac.nz/better-start/people/index.shtml)

Recently Completed Research Projects:

  • Predicting Literacy Pathyways using Web-Based Screening and Monitoring of Essential Pre-Reading Skills in the Early Childhood and Schooling Years (see: http://sapad.org/) - Chief Investigator
  • Australian Educators' Understanding and Implementation of the Australian Curriculum in Planning for and Teaching Students with Disabilities - Associate Investigator
  • Investigating the Nature of Dyslexia in Chinese and English Monolingual Speaking Children: Similarities, Differences, and Definitional Criteria – A pilot study - Associate Investigator
Teaching interests

Dr Carson's current teaching interests include educational planning and assessment for students with special needs, and current perspectives in early intervention.

She has contributed to teaching in the fields of speech-language pathology and education at James Cook University (Queensland) in Australia, and at Massey University (Auckland) and the University of Canterbury (Christchurch) in New Zealand.

She is regularly sought out for guest lectures in speech pathology and education, and contributes to regular professional learning for in-service educators. Her teaching experience is complemented by eight years of clinical practice as a certified speech-language pathologist, where she has worked in numerous special education settings.

Topic coordinator
EDUC9531 Current Perspectives in Early Intervention
EDUC9532 Early Intervention - Learning from and through play
DSRS1215 Communication and Language
Supervisory interests
Assessment development
Classroom-based reading practices
Emergent literacy
Home literacy environments
Phonological awareness assessment
Phonological awareness development
Phonological awareness instruction
Web-based technology to support, language, literacy and speech development
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Increasing Pre-Service Teachers’ Capacity to Understand and Apply the Science of Reading Instruction Using an Interdisciplinary Online Program (1)
Associate supervisor: Effects of a Sensory Integration Programme on Behaviours of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Task engagement, social interactions and emotional crises (1)
Completion
Associate supervisor: Visual Supports With and Without Systematic Instruction for Teaching Daily Living Skills to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability (1)
Publications

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