This book by Jane Oakhill, Kate Cain and Carsten Elbro, presents an overview of recent findings on reading comprehension development and comprehension problems in children. It provides a detailed examination of the development of key skills that contribute to comprehension and the characteristics of children who have reading comprehension difficulties. It examines ways in which comprehension can be supported and improved. It is accessibly written for students and professionals with no previous background in the psychology of reading or reading problems.
This indispensable handbook asks the question “What is comprehension?” The authors consider different units of language: understanding single words, sentences and connected prose and outline what readers (and listeners) have to do to successfully understand an extended text. This book also considers comprehension for different purposes, in particular, reading for pleasure and reading to learn, and explores how reader characteristics such as interests and motivation can influence the comprehension process.
Areas covered include:
- word reading and comprehension
- development of comprehension skills
- comprehension difficulties
- teaching for improvement
Throughout the text, successful experimental and classroom-based interventions are highlighted. Practical ideas for use in the classroom and summary boxes detailing key points and explaining technical terms are included in each chapter.