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How the Brain Learns to Read: Decoding, Comprehension and Motivation

Course #: EDUC_717W

Semester Credits: 3

Cost: $345.00


Reading is THE essential academic skill. Yet in every literate culture it is a difficult skill to acquire. Research in Cognitive Neuroscience addresses this problem: the brain is well prepared for understanding speech, but is poorly prepared for understanding writing. This course integrates research on the teaching of reading from brain science, psychology, education, linguistics, and other fields. It suggests best practices from very early childhood through preschool, kindergarten, and all grades through high school. It is with this background information on early childhood reading development that helps shape understanding and teaching methods across all grade levels. Specific instructional methods are described while keeping focused on comprehension, motivation, decoding, and ways to individualize. Reading problems, ranging from social and cultural through biological, are described and followed by ways of overcoming them. The position of this course is that there is no obvious transition from "learning to read" to "reading to learn" as both processes continue indefinitely.

This course is applicable towards the following certificate(s):
*Health and Human Development

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