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Real Readers Reading Series Two: Re-thinking the teaching of reading: Beyond the 'ph' word

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Currently, there is much debate as to how reading should be taught in schools. This has focused largely on the teaching of phonics but scant attention has been paid to the teaching of comprehension. This session will outline how recent research has developed our understanding of the reading comprehension process. It will also be noted that these findings have remained largely absent from the debate. It will be argued that these findings need to be explicit to teachers of reading; and that the reading curriculum and its associated assessment practices need to be reconsidered in the light of these findings. In the process the value of the simple of view of reading – the current conceptual framework for the teaching of reading – will be questioned. Some alternative classroom practices which support children’s comprehension skills will be presented, based on evidence from the numerous reading projects.

This talk is part of the Pedagogy, Language, Arts & Culture in Education (PLACE) Group Seminars series.

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