Development of an automated reading assessment for children

Project summary

Do you have a child aged between 6.5 and 8 years who is fluent in English? Would you like to contribute to research that may help children with their reading development?

The International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems (opens in a new window) at the MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University, is conducting research that seeks to answer the question: can we automate reading assessments using machine learning? We are seeking normally-developing participants aged between 6.5 and 8 years old to read a list of words and sounds. The study takes approximately 30 minutes and children will receive a $10 gift voucher as thanks for their contribution. The study is being conducted completely online.



What does participation in this research involve?

Your child will be asked to read a list of real and made-up words, followed by a list of sounds. They will then be asked to repeat all the words and sounds after being instructed in the correct way to do this, to collect completely accurate word-reading items. This will be voice recorded. These voice files will be collected and together used to inform machine learning models, in that they will help demonstrate the typical voice of a child so the software can identify errors. It is expected that the study will take less than 30 minutes of the child’s time and will be conducted online via Zoom or an equivalent videoconferencing platform. Your child will need to have access to a computer with a webcam and internet connection, as well as a quiet room for the testing session.

If you are interested in participating in this study or would like further information, please register your interest here (opens in a new window)

More information

For further information, please contact Claire McAulay

Human Research Ethics Committee approval number: H13791