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How specific are specific comprehension difficulties? an investigation of poor reading comprehension in nine-year olds

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  • Louise Flensted-Jensen Rønberg, Danmark
  • Dorthe Klint Petersen, Danmark
This study explores the occurrence of poor comprehenders, i.e., children identified with reading comprehension difficulties in spite of age-appropriate word reading skills. It supports the findings that some children do show poor reading comprehension in spite of age-appropriate word reading as measured on a phonological coding measure. However, the proportion was smaller than the often reported 10-15 % and even smaller when average sight word recognition was also set as a criterion for word reading ability. Compared to average comprehenders, the poor comprehenders’ sight word recognition and daily reading of literary texts were significantly below that of average readers. This study indicates that a lack of reading experience and, likewise, a lack of fluent word reading may be important factors in understanding nine-year-old poor comprehenders’ difficulties.
TidsskriftScandinavian Journal of Educational Research
Sider (fra-til)72-89
Antal sider18
StatusUdgivet - 21 jan. 2016


  • Reading comprehension, Poor comprehenders, Word reading, Reading experience, Måling, Dansk/læse/skrive, Grundskole

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