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Sonya Major

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I conduct research on the psychology of literacy and, in particular, on the strategies that people use for locating information. I have studied the role of cognitive and motivational factors in information seeking. Information seeking is the most prevalent workplace literacy task and one that is performed poorly by most adults and children.

I have recently developed a tutoring program to teach elementary students how to use informational books in order to find specific information that has proven very successful with students in the early elementary grades. I am currently examining the strategies that people use to locate information on the Internet, with the goal to develop a tutoring program. I am director of the Acadia Digital Culture Observatory: a facility to support interdisciplinary research on information and communication technologies.

The language and culture of my heritage is passed on to me orally. it's a different way off learning than how I am taught at school. How do I keep my traditional culture alive while learning to read and being immersed in the majority culture?

Reading is the core of learning and staying in school . improving reading skills with young Aboriginal children can open up the doors to future prospects.

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