Compare and contrast

Compare the use of research in a commercially marketed treatment programme with a critique using standard methods for evaluating research evidence.

Research links from the Dore website

A page of selected results showing improvements in pupil’s scores for reading, SATs and attention symptoms. University and Education Authority studies are cited. In particular, papers published in Dyslexia, a peer reviewed journal, add credence to the claim that
“At Dore we are totally committed to researching the causes of learning difficulties and finding the best and most accessible way of eradicating them.” Continue reading Compare and contrast


Dore ‘miracle cure’

Winford Dore: ‘Dyslexia- The Miracle Cure’

Kenny Logan is a rugby player who has suffered from dyslexia. On BBC 4’s You and Yours he talks about being labelled as thick at school, the struggle to conceal his disability and the excitement of learning to read. He attributes his reading achievement to the Dore method. It is mentioned at the end of his interview. Note also non-commital comments by the Chief Executive of the British Dyslexia Association. Continue reading Dore ‘miracle cure’


In the first lecture I talked about RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds and encouraged everyone to try out a dedicated feed reader. As you monitor more news feeds/waste more of your life on the web, a feedreader allows you to manage information more effectively.

RSS brings you a preview of updated content on a website or blog. You no longer have to remember or make the effort to visit a website, unless there is some new content which is of interest to you. Subscribers can skim read the headlines and select what is useful to them. They can do this when it is convenient for them. At the time you subscribe a feedreader will pick up all recent posts, so you have a historical view of a site which allows you to see something relevant, although it was posted a month ago.

Continue reading Feedreaders

About the blog

This blog is an example of the type of blog students will produce using WordPress hosting. You can have as many posts as you like. These work best as short pieces. You can also create a small number of pages. Pages suit a longer piece such as an essay, or static content. Depending on your choice of theme, tabs linking to pages will usually be arranged at the top, sometimes at the side.

I will use this example blog to demonstrate how to upload files and edit your blog. You are free to experiment with different themes and plug-ins. Generally, changing the theme re-arranges all the elements without mishap. At least as far as loss of text is concerned. Usability can suffer, but unlike a traditional website, you can change your mind about the design without the overhead of re-design and re-coding. Continue reading About the blog

Coventry Conversations

The excellent Coventry Conversations series continues through late May and the beginning of June. Check out work produced by students of Media Production at Coventry University in The Phoenix Media Festival.

Thursday 22 May Nick Jones Former BBC Parliamentary Correspondent ‘Did Spin walk out of the door of Number 10 with Tony Blair?’

Wednesday 28 May Paul Watson Documentary Maker ‘Malcolm and Barbara’

Thursday 29 May Kate Harwood Head of Series and Serials, BBC Drama

Thursday 5 June Hugh Johnson Former Head of Research Channel Four ‘Audience research or hocus pocus’ Talk rescheduled to another date.

All talks 1pm Ellen Terry Building. Open to all.

Talks are also available after the event as podcasts


This is the course blog for PPA The use and abuse of research. Documents and links will be posted here throughout the course.

Students will be setting up their own blogs and posting short pieces of writing throughout the course.

Of course, they will have much more advanced blogs than this.

Update: blog continues through User Interface Design module. See FAQ.

Teaching, but not as we know it