Ana Cristina Silva

Assistant Professor

Biographical Note

PhD in Psychology of Education, Universidade do Minho, Portugal (2001), Assistant Professor since 2002. Participant in several research projects, namely The impact of invented spellings on the discovery of the structure of the alphabetic code in preschool children” PDCT/PSI/56977/2004 and The impact of invented spelling programmes with pre-school-age children on early reading acquisition PTDC/PSI-EDD/110262/2009

Research Interests

  • Early acquisition of written language
  • Phonological awareness
  • Orthography
  • Text production and revision

Relevant Publications

Silva, A. C. (2021) Consciência Fonológica e conhecimento das Letras In R. Alves & I. Leite. Alfabetização Baseada na Ciência Ministério da Educação (MEC), Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior. ISBN: 978-65-87026-86-2

Silva, C, Peixoto, F. & Salvador, L. (2021) To give someone a fish or teach them how to fish? : effects of a self-reflection tool on orthographic performance in Portuguese children. Reading and Writing, 43,(1), 2481-2503, DOI:10.1007/s11145-021-10154-5

Silva, C., Almeida, T & Alves Martins, M. (2010) ‘The letter´s names and the letter´s sound: It´s implication for the phonetization process. Reading and Writing, 23(2), 147, 172 DOI:10.1007/s11145-008-9157-3

Almeida, T. Silva, C. & Rosa, J. (2021). Invented spelling intervention programmes: Comparing explicit and implicit instructions. Análise Psicológica, 39(2), 229-245.doi:10.14417/ap.1848

Current PhD students

Susana Costa

Sofia Ferreira

External collaborations


Tiago Almeida
Maria de Lourdes
Maria João Silva
Sandra Borges