The Canadian Centre for Research on Literacy (CCRL) is the first formally established academic body in Canada for research on literacy across the continuum from emergent to third-age literacy. CCRL promotes the consolidation of research interests and expertise to create a new substantive research focus within the University. Research on literacy requires insight from many perspectives including anthropological, audiological, educational, historical, legal, linguistic, literary, medical, philosophical, psychological, sociological, and speech pathology because literacy derives its full significance when seen from these viewpoints. The collaborative effort of researchers holding different perspectives increases the quality and breadth of research done by each member.

Centre Goals

The goals of the Canadian Centre for Research on Literacy include:

  • Conducting basic and applied research on literacy. The benefits of such research include increased knowledge and understanding in an area of national and international importance.
  • Achieving national and international status as a Canadian Centre for Research on Literacy.
  • Attracting graduate students into a multidisciplinary graduate research centre in cooperation with all interested departments at the University of Alberta. An enviable program of research, teaching and intellectual excitement attracts highly competent graduate and post-doctoral fellows who acquire sound backgrounds in promoting literacy acquisition and in studying this complex process.
  • Building partnerships with agencies and groups in accord with the fulfillment of the preceding goals of the Centre.


Linda Laidlaw,
PhD Professor, Interim Director
Department of Elementary Education
University of Alberta


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Advisory committee

An advisory committee consists of representatives from:

and literacy scholars from major universities internationally:

  • Dr. Dorit Aram (Tel-Aviv University)
  • Dr. Juan Daniel Ramirez Garrido (Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain)
  • Dr. Esther Geva (OISE)
  • Dr. Lee Gunderson (University of British Columbia)
  • Dr. Marianne Ødegaard (University of Oslo)
  • Dr. P. David Pearson (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Dr. Anat Yarden (The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel)


Under Construction.