Components of story comprehension and strategies to support them in hearing and deaf or hard of hearing readers

Sullivan, Susan and Oakhill, Jane (2015) Components of story comprehension and strategies to support them in hearing and deaf or hard of hearing readers. Topics in Language Disorders, 35 (2). pp. 133-143. ISSN 0271-8294

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Abstract

In this paper we review the skills that have been found to be related to good story comprehension in novice readers with normal hearing, and describe the relative weight each plays in good story comprehension. The relationship between effective story comprehension and lower-level skills (such as syntactic awareness and vocabulary knowledge) is considered, and the casual relations between discourse-level skills (such as inference abilities and story structure understanding) and good text comprehension are delineated. We then compare this information to what is known about the abilities of children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing (DHH), and review the current research findings concerned with text intervention strategies designed for this population. Drawing on research both with hearing and DHH readers, we make suggestions for future text intervention strategies and research for DHH readers, which emphasize the need for research on practices that are directed (at least in part) at training the discourse-level component skills involved in effective story comprehension.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0180 Experimental psychology
Depositing User: Susan Sullivan
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2015 07:45
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 07:31
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/46712

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