Children's difficulties in learning to read: Causes and consequences of poor letter-sound knowledge [ 2008 - 2012 ]

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Researchers Dr G McArthur; Prof M Coltheart; Prof AE Castles

Brief description This research will identify the causes and treatments of reading impairment in children. This will help the Government counter the effects of poor reading instruction in Australian schools (see the National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy). The outcomes will reveal how struggling readers should be taught in classrooms, and which treatments should be covered by the Reading Assistance Voucher programme. Treating reading impairment in children will reduce the number of teenagers who attempt suicide, drop out of school, or abuse drugs to try and escape the failure that accompanies poor reading ability.

Funding Amount $454,322

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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