Lauren Burton

After being awarded an ESRC 1+3 Studentship, Lauren embarked upon her DPhil in 2014.

Prior to her DPhil, Lauren achieved a Distinction in her MSc in Child Development and Education at the University of Oxford and a First Class Degree in her BSc in Psychology at the University of Warwick.

Lauren’s DPhil focuses on the role of morphology in children’s spelling development and investigating ways of teaching primary school children morphological spelling rules. She has also worked on other aspects of children’s literacy, such as phonology and children’s reading development.

Title of thesis:
The spelling of a word does not always parallel with the way it sounds: the importance of teaching children morphological spelling rules.

Professor Terezinha Nunes and Dr Maria Evangelou

Research interests:

  • Morphology
  • Phonology
  • Children’s spelling development
  • Children’s reading development
  • Learning difficulties
  • Teaching strategies


  • Research student

College affiliation

  • New College

Research groups

  • Children Learning