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Reciprocal reading in science: Improving reading and developing scientific understanding

Written by: Katharine White
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KATHARINE WHITE, DIRECTOR OF SCIENCE, LIONHEART EDUCATIONAL TRUST, UK Multiple research studies have suggested that the reciprocal reading strategy can be effective in increasing reading comprehension. In the aftermath of the pandemic, this method could be a potential solution to closing the gap and improving student independence, by developing confidence when a variety of texts are used. Implementation of the reciprocal reading strategy has been developed across my trust school departments as a cross-curricular literacy methodology. For science, the strategy can be very effective to complement the curriculum and for some of the difficulties faced by students studying the course. The quantity of content within the science curriculum can benefit from studying a complex scientific article, utilising tier three vocabulary and relating to real-world situations.  Multiple research projects have focused on reciprocal reading, based on the original research by Palincsar and Brown (1984),

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