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Hands on Reading: The Body, the Brain and the Book
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8813-5721
2017 (English)In: The Embodied Child : Readings in Children’s Literature and Culture / [ed] Roxanne Harde, Lydia Kokkola, London and New York: Routledge, 2017, 1, 191-206 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Since the New London group coined the term ‘New Literacies’ to describe the activities involved in making sense of on-line digital texts, there has been considerable debate about the extent to which this form of reading differs from traditional book reading. A broad array of studies demonstrate that reading print-on-paper texts are better for memory recall after reading (Mangen, Walgermo & Brønnick, 2013), for digesting complex information (Stoop, Kreutzer & Kircz, 2013a, 2013b), and for immersing oneself in a story (Mangen 2013b; Mangen & Kuiken 2014). Digital texts, on the other hand, are only superior for “quick information gathering, communication and navigation” (Stoop, Kreutzer & Kircz, 2013a, 2013b). The reasons for these differences are not yet clear, but the physical ways in which our bodies perform literate acts and how our brain processes materials provides a means by which to examine this phenomenon.

This paper begins by summarising existing research on how the brain responds to these different environments, and how the bodily movements that surround these acts of literacy differ. It will conclude with a proposal that changing how children use their bodies when they are reading might improve comprehension.

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London and New York: Routledge, 2017, 1. 191-206 p.
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Children's Literature and Culture
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Embodiedment, reading, reading difficulties
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Learning Didactics
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English, Specialization in Didactics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-66663ISBN: 9781138081567 (electronic)ISBN: 9781315101262 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-66663DiVA: diva2:1158717
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MAW Reading Strategies
Available from: 2017-11-21 Created: 2017-11-21 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved

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