New study launching!
Hélène Deacon, Killam Professor and Director of the Language & Literacy Lab has received a Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight grant to fund a large-scale longitudinal research project on children's understanding of complex text.
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July 5, 2018
Media Release from Dalhousie University
Reading comprehension is one the most important skills that children learn in elementary school. Children need to be able to understand what they read to learn well in school as children and to participate in so many aspects of society as adults. Reading comprehension is also increasing in importance; we are communicating more than ever through writing. There is a wealth of evidence on how children learn to read words, but far less information on how they learn to understand what they read.
Complex words and sentences are both common in written materials and awareness of these aspects of language is likely key in supporting children’s reading comprehension. Dr. Hélène Deacon, a professor in Dalhousie’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, is studying how these oral language skills support children’s understanding of texts. The goal of this work is to provide the evidence base needed to inform new teaching strategies that will support strong reading outcomes.
Dr. Deacon is able to provide perspective on the core skills children need in order to understand what they read.
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