'Lost in Translation? Challenges in Connecting Reading Science & Ed.. Practice' Seidenberg, Cooper Borkenhagen, Kearns

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'Lost in Translation? Challenges in Connecting Reading Science & Ed.. Practice' Seidenberg, Cooper Borkenhagen, Kearns

Postby Debbie_Hepplewhite » Wed Jul 08, 2020 12:14 am

This paper by Mark Seidenberg and colleagues has been flagged up via Twitter. It is not long and it is very readable and relevant:

Lost in Translation?
Challenges in Connecting Reading Science and Educational Practice


Mark S. Seidenberg, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Matt Cooper Borkenhagen, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Devin M. Kearns, University of Connecticut



https://twitter.com/SeidenbergRead/stat ... 4979585025

Abstract

Can the science of reading contribute to improving educational practices, allowing more children to become skilled readers? Much has been learned about the behavioral and brain bases of reading, how children learn to read, and factors that contribute to low literacy. The potential to use research findings to improve literacy outcomes is substantial but remains largely unrealized. The lack of improvement in literacy levels, especially among children who face other challenges such as poverty, has led to new pressure to incorporate the “science of reading” in curricula, instructional practices, and teacher education. In the interest of promoting these efforts, we discuss three issues that could undermine them: the need for additional translational research linking reading science to classroom activities; the oversimplified way the science is sometimes represented in the educational context; the fact that theories of reading have become more complex and less intuitive as the field has progressed. Addressing these concerns may allow reading science to be used more effectively and achieve greater acceptance among educators.

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