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Children's understanding of newspaper content


This study is based on the notion that reading is very important in a western society. And it is not enough to merely be able to decode letters and words – the reader is also expected to understand the text. One way to improve children’s reading comprehension is to teach them to "wrestle" with texts. School serves an important function in this respect, and the text in newspapers is a type of text that they will encounter numerous times throughout life.

The purpose of the study was to analyse whether children can improve their reading comprehension skills with respect to newspaper texts through structured discussions about the texts.

The study was conducted during the academic year 06/07 and comprised a comparison among four school classes consisting of 12-year-old children, of which two were placed in a treatment group and two in a control group. The treatment group participated in structured discussions about texts (according to the Questioning the Author model), whereas the control group participated in traditional discussions. The results show that the students read texts more actively following the structured discussions in which they asked questions, developed ideas, made reflections etc. in a different way than in the control group.

Project leader
Ingela Wadbring

Page Manager: Mats Ekström|Last update: 7/10/2017
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