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RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: 

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE AND READING COMPREHENSION

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Roundtable Discussion

Why does background knowledge matter in literacy development? What is its impact on reading comprehension? Is it the most forgotten strand in Scarborough’s Reading Rope?

Want to learn the answers to these and other questions? Then join us for our upcoming roundtable discussion with the researchers Reid Smith, Pamela Snow, and Tanya Serry, authors of the new paper “The Role of Background Knowledge in Reading Comprehension: A Critical Review.”

In this webinar, participants will

  • learn what existing research says about the influence of background knowledge on the reading comprehension of primary school students,
  • understand the impact that background knowledge has on readers of different strengths,
  • discover how background knowledge and texts interact to support or challenge student learning,
  • hear how educators currently approach background knowledge in literacy instruction and how knowledge-building texts support students in learning to read and reading to learn, and
  • consider the implications of the researchers’ findings for classroom instruction.

 

Panelists

Reid_Smith
 
REID SMITH
Doctoral Candidate
School of Education, La Trobe University
 
Pamela_Snow
 
PAMELA SNOW
Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Codirector 
Science of Language and Reading (SOLAR) Lab
La Trobe University
Tanya_Serry
 
TANYA SERRY
Associate Professor and Codirector
Science of Language and Reading (SOLAR) Lab
La Trobe University
Lorraine_Hammond
 
LORRAINE HAMMOND
Associate Professor 
School of Education, Edith Cowan University
Ashley_Cook
 
ASHLEY COOK
National Director of Implementation Success for Humanities
Great Minds
Rachel_Stack
 
RACHEL STACK
Chief Academic Officer for Humanities
Great Minds

 

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