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Seminar by Professor Jane Oakhill (University of Sussex) 'Children’s difficulties with text comprehension: From research to practice'

A substantial minority of children have problems with text comprehension, even though their word recognition is within the normal range.

A Graduate School of Education seminar
Date6 December 2016
Time13:00 to 14:30
PlaceBaring Court 114

A substantial minority of children have problems with text comprehension, even though their word recognition is within the normal range. Research has shown that skilled and less-skilled comprehenders differ in a number of ways, and in the first part of this presentation I will discuss the relative contribution of several theoretically relevant skills and abilities to the prediction of reading comprehension (as opposed to single word reading) during the early years of schooling (age 7 to 11). In the second part of the talk, I will consider some open questions and possible future directions for this research, with a particular focus on the relations between vocabulary skills and inference making. I will also consider the implications of the findings so far for helping children to develop and improve their comprehension skills.

Biography

Jane Oakhill is a Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Sussex.  She has published widely (in excess of 90 refereed journal articles) and has co-authored or edited nine books.  Her research covers topics such as deductive reasoning in children and adults, circadian variations in human performance, and adult language comprehension, and she is widely acknowledged for her expertise in children’s reading comprehension.

A recording of this seminar is available on the intranet.


OrganizerNatasha Walker
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