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Open Access Learning to read and learning to comprehend

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This paper reviews recent experimental findings that inform our understanding of the development of reading comprehension. Studies investigating children who have specific difficulties with reading comprehension provide considerable information concerning the process involved in successful reading comprehension. This literature highlights aspects of reading comprehension skill that cannot be readily accommodated by the 'searchlights' model—the theoretical model framework adopted by the National Literacy Strategy. We conclude that comprehension depends on a very complex set of processes, many of which are shared with language comprehension more generally. Finally, implications for the teaching of reading comprehension are discussed.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13603110600574538

Publication date: 2006-03-01

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  • London Review of Education (LRE) is an international peer-reviewed journal featuring rigorous, theoretically based research into contemporary education. Based at the UCL Institute of Education in London, the journal reflects the Institute's broad interests in all types of education in all contexts - local, national, global - and its commitment to analysis across disciplines using a variety of methodologies. It shares the Institute's aspiration to interrogate links between research, policy and practice, and its principled concern for social justice.

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