Riitta Virinkoski


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ORCID linkhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-7270-8230

ResearchGate addresshttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Riitta-Virinkoski


General description

Subject related tasks (special education, Learning and instruction of literacy skills across educational settings)

  • Planning and development
  • Teaching
  • Guidance on study planning, contents, modes of study, recognition of prior learning 


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Research interests

My research focuses on the ability of primary school teachers, especially special education teachers, to assess the students' readiness of reading at the beginning of school and to identify difficulties in reading skills (reading fluency, reading comprehension) during primary school. In addition, I study the practices the teachers use to assess literacy skills and the accuracy of their assessments compared to the reading tests carried out by students.

Another of my wider research interests is the effectiveness of part-time special education in the development of literacy and arithmetic skills of students in need of support.


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Personal keywords

risk of RD; reading difficulties; assessment; specificity; sensitivity; SEN teachers; class teachers; part-time special education; reasons for support; additional difficulties; efficacy of support


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