You are here : Home > Events > Training Schools > Training School in Padova (...) > Training School in Padova (...)

Training School in Padova (Italy) - "Assessing in writing difficulties: methods, tools and measures for the analysis of the product and the process" - 17-19 April 2012


We are pleased to announce that a European COST Training School for early career researchers "Assessing in writing difficulties: methods, tools and measures for the analysis of the product and the process" is to be held in Padova, Italy, at the Department of Developmental Psychology, 17-19 April 2012. An International Day on Writing Research, in honor of Pietro Boscolo, will follow on April 20th. Attendance to the Writing Day will be free and will not require subscription fees.

The Training School aims at providing intensive training in the use of direct and indirect methods for the assessment of writing difficulties (related to poor writing, LI, deafness, dyslexia, and dysgraphia). The trainees will have the opportunity to analyze and discuss technics and methods in the measurement and analysis of the writing process and product of writers with writing difficulties. All the levels at which writing difficulties can be analyzed will be considered: sublexical, lexical, sentence-level, and textual. The assessment of writing skills across genres and languages will be also discussed.


COST is an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology.
COST aims at bringing researchers together in networks. COST Actions involve early career and more experienced scientists, and COST Training Schools give young scientists a platform to access the highest level of expertise from leaders in their fields. (

COST Action IS0703: “ERN-LWE”
The European Research Network on Learning to Write Effectively started in May 2008, and involves 160 researchers in the field of Writing from 22 countries. Four Working Groups are listed: Early acquisition of writing skills, Improvements in written communication, Design of written documents, Technological advances in writing tools.

THE COST TRAINING SCHOOL : "Assessing in writing difficulties: methods, tools and measures for the analysis of the product and the process"

The COST training school is based on the advanced methods and technics in the study of writing difficulties, with a focus on assessment and intervention.

The trainers are:

- Denis Alamargot, University of Poitiers, co-author of the eye-and- pen software
- Julie Dockrell, Institute of Education, expert in writing difficulties
- Barbara Arfé, University of Padova, expert in writing difficulties
- Pietro Boscolo, University of Padova, expert in writing research and intervention studies

Guest: Lucia Mason, Editor of Learning and Instruction: “Learning and Instruction publication policies : The publication of writing research”

The program of the training school will provide students with state-of-the-art knowledge concerning textual analysis and methods and technics of writing research in the field of writing difficulties.

The school will address important issues related to:

- textual analysis, with reference to the units of measures (orthographic patterns, words, sentences, textual relations), the analysis of transcription and text generation skills in diverse populations (children with SLI, dyslexia, deafness, etc.), and existing tools for assessing writing in writing research and in clinical contexts. Examples of textual analysis in diverse languages and populations will be discussed.
- Use of on-line off-line measures of the writing performance: eye-an-pen, fluency measures, product measures
- The method: design the assessment of writing difficulties in writing research and in intervention studies. Applicants can discuss their research work and/or methods of analysis most appropriate for their data with the Trainers.


Trainees – Application Procedure
The training school is open to:

- PhD students
- PhD + maximum 10 years
- long-life learning possible

A maximum of 20 trainees will be accepted.

- The registration fees to the Training School are 150 euros (including coffee breaks and 3 days courses)

- The COST Action “ERN-LWE” will offer 5 grants (500 euros) in order to support the travel and accommodation of 5 trainees. In this case, the registration to the Training School is free.
- People who intend to attend the TS are requested to register no later than the 1st of March 2012.
- Applications to attend the Training School should be made using the e-form below:

Who are you ?
[Required] :
[Required] :
Gender :
[Required] :
Position :
Training School
[Required] :
[Required] : ?
Do you apply for a COST grant (500 euros) ? [Required] :
By clicking on the case below, I understand that :
- I have to attend the whole Training School (from 17 to 19 April 2012)
- I can beneficiate of a grant/reimbursement (up to 500 euros) from the COST Action IS0703. This grant will be versed after the event in order to contribute to the travel and accommodation fees.
Approval :

- A letter of interest and a letter of recommendation (from supervisor or laboratory-department director) are needed (in electronic format).

Important information
According to the COST objective promoting European networking (mobility and exchanges), a trainee cannot apply for a grant in a Training School occurring in his own country.


- Announcement = 1 February 2012
- DEADLINE of submission = 1 March 2012
- Confirmation of participation after assessment = 16 March 2012

- Official decision by the COST Office and Grant Holder = 30 March 2012

Training School

- Start time : 17 April 2012 – 2 pm
- End Time : 19 April 2012 – 6 pm

Selection of participants will be made on the basis of the submitted information, and the statement of how attending the Training School will benefit the participant and their home research group.


Training School in Padova:
Organizer : Barbara Arfé:
Address : DPSS, University of Padova, via Venezia 12, 35130 Padova, Italy

COST Action IS0703 ERN-LWE (

- Denis Alamargot (Chair):
- Asa Wengelin (Vice-Chair):
- Joachim Grabowski (Scientific Secretary):

Supplementary information and the full "call for candidatures" can be downloaded here:


Last update : 19 February 2012


RSS feedKeep informed with the latest news as they are published on the website by subscribing to the RSS feed. Subscribe...


Université de Poitiers - 15, rue de l'Hôtel Dieu - 86034 POITIERS Cedex - France - Tél : (33) (0)5 49 45 30 00 - Fax : (33) (0)5 49 45 30 50 - - Legal mentions