Learning to Read Does Not End in Fourth Grade

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JIM CURRAN
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Learning to Read Does Not End in Fourth Grade

Post by JIM CURRAN » Mon Aug 03, 2015 7:47 am

Learning to Read Does Not End in Fourth Grade
Do you remember when reading stopped requiring so much effort, and became almost second nature?
Probably not, but researchers have long believed that it probably happened some time during fourth grade. That’s when, they thought, word-processing tended to become more automatic and less deliberate, and you started to read to learn, as opposed to learning to read.
But a new study published in the journal Developmental Science questions that assumption, showing that children are still learning to read past fourth and even fifth grade. The shift to automatic word-processing, in which the brain recognizes whether a group of symbols constitutes a word within milliseconds, allowing fluid reading that helps the reader focus on the content of the text rather than on the words, may occur later than previously thought.
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Re: Learning to Read Does Not End in Fourth Grade

Post by kenm » Mon Aug 03, 2015 9:06 pm

How can you tell that you have stopped "learning to read"? If learning new pronunciations is part of learning to read, I'm still doing it.
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