Reading Comprehension and Memory



When Reading Fluency Is Good But Reading Comprehension Is Poor

Reading comprehension is the heart and goal of reading since the purpose of all reading is to gather meaning from the printed page. It is assumed that the comprehension of children who are good readers is on track. But three to ten percent of those children don’t understand most of what they’re reading.

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Poor Working Memory Impedes Academic Success, Preventing Children from Achieving Their Potential

According to researchers from Durham University, children who underachieve at school may just have poor working memory rather than low intelligence. On the positive side learners with a strong working memory are likely to do well maintaining focus and attention in a variety of academic settings, and improving working memory can boost...

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The Role of Working Memory in Reading

The term working memory was coined in the 1970s by two researchers named Baddeley and Hitch, referring to the ability to temporarily hold several facts or thoughts in memory while solving a problem or performing a task. An important and consistent finding is that working memory problems interfere with reading comprehension.

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