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Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab

Collaborative research practices, to understand and improve children and young people's literacy experiences and outcomes

Narrative Fiction: Understanding Ourselves and Others

2021- 2024


Narrative fiction provides opportunities for readers to learn more about themselves, and others, and can support young people’s identity development, empathy and perspective taking; however very little research has sought young people’s experiences of this.


This project aims to understand young people’s experiences with narrative fiction and the extent to which reading provides a mirror (understanding oneself) and window (understanding others).  Following from this, we plan to co-create (with young people and literacy organisations) a guide to enhance young people’s reflective literacy practices, to encourage and support deep and meaningful engagement with fiction.

You can learn more about this project through our BERA Special Issue blogpost:

You can access the preregistration for this project here:

To learn more about this project, please contact Elena Santi:

Project Team:
PhD Researcher: Elena Santi, University of Edinburgh

First Supervisor: Dr Sarah McGeown, University of Edinburgh
Second Supervisor: Dr Katie Cebula, University of Edinburgh


With thanks to Moray Endowment Fund.



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