Heterogeneity in Children’s Reading Comprehension Difficulties

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In this Papers Podcast, Dr. Emma James discusses her JCPP Advances paper ‘Heterogeneity in children’s reading comprehension difficulties: A latent class approach’ (doi.org/10.1002/jcv2.12177). Emma is the lead author of the paper.

There is an overview of the paper, methodology, key findings, and implications for practice.

Discussion points include:

  • A definition of ‘word reading’ and ‘comprehension’.
  • The main research questions they set out to address.
  • Insight into the data set used (The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children).
  • The impact of the findings for researchers, and practitioners.
  • Advice for teachers and parents based on the study.

In this series, we speak to authors of papers published in one of ACAMH’s three journals. These are The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (JCPP)The Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) journal; and JCPP Advances.

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Dr. Emma James
Dr. Emma James

Emma is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of York. Her research concerns language learning and literacy development, using both experimental methods and secondary data analysis. Her current project analyses data from a large-scale dataset to understand why some children struggle to understand what they read, and the implications it might have for broader life outcomes.

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This podcast is very interesting. The importance of understanding the heterogeneity in reading comprehension difficulties is highlighted. It would be very instructive to know how intelligence is related to the learning process.

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