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Symposium Series: The Eyes Have It: Understanding the Cognitive Processes Involved in Silent Reading

DateFriday, May 19th, 2017
Time 9:00am to 3:30pm
Course Number1058
LocationBurlington International Airport
1200 Airport Drive
South Burlington
United States
Course Description

Struggling readers are slow to identify printed words, yet skilled readers can recognize a word in less than one-quarter of a second. In that time, the mind launches orthographic and phonological processes that accomplish word recognition. How do we do this? This seminar explores key findings from eye movement research that illuminate how word recognition happens during silent reading for meaning.

Participants will learn what readers’ automatic eye movements reveal about questions that are fundamental to assessing and teaching reading. How does reading speed develop? Does phonology play a role in reading quickly or does it interfere with reading quickly? What does it mean to recognize a word by sight? How does orthography and phonology support fast and accurate word reading in adults? Is the process different for children? How do dyslexic readers identify words? Participants will learn how these research findings inform central challenges in reading instruction such as developing reading accuracy and increasing reading fluency. Finally, we will examine behavioral indicators of problems with orthographic and phonological processing that might appear during a reading assessment.

This workshop is part of a three-part Symposium Series:

Online registration has ended. If you’re interested in attending, please call 802-878-2332.


Jane Ashby, Ph.D.

Jane Ashby is the co-author of “Psychology of Reading” (2016) as well as several research articles and book chapters including “Why does prosody accompany fluency? Re-conceptualizing the role of phonology in reading.” Working as an Associate Professor of Psychology at Central Michigan University, Dr. Ashby teaches and directs a laboratory that studies how cognitive processes operate in real-time during silent reading. After earning a master’s degree in Education from Harvard School of Education in 1991 and an Orton-Gillingham certificate from Massachusetts General Hospital in 1994, Dr. Ashby began her career by teaching children and adults with reading difficulties in the Boston area. She later established a reading clinic in Ohio that provided staff development, afterschool tutoring, and summer programs to help children with reading disabilities. Dr. Ashby lives in Mount Pleasant, Michigan and spends her summers on the southern shore of Lake Superior.

Required MaterialsNone
AudienceAll Educators
Additional InformationDoors open at 8:15 AM
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