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Opportunities and challenges in digital reading comprehension

1 September 2020 until 1 September 2025
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For young people, reading from a variety of digital sources has become the norm. Are children digital natives for whom this is second nature, or are they unable to focus their attention, preventing them from understanding texts in depth? In the DOCproject, we are investigating precisely this issue and developing effective teaching materials for digital reading comprehension.

It is now impossible to imagine life without the IWB, the computer and all the other forms of digital media.

As an educational professional, how can you use digital resources to effectively support reading comprehension across multiple digital texts?

The difference between digital and paper reading is growing. Digital texts contain even more multimedia, and understanding them requires different skills. You have to scroll, click on hyperlinks, process attached images or sounds, read on your mobile phone and judge whether a text is reliable or not. Individual differences in sustained attention, among other things, are associated with these skills.

Opportunities and challenges

The digital world continues to be an infinite source of knowledge. The world is at your fingertips - on your screen - and the possibilities are endless. The challenge is to find your way through the jumble of information. The last thing you want is for it to become so complex that some pupils are left behind. Therefore, it is important that every pupil learns how to structure online information, find the right information and process it in the right way.

How can we teach children to become digitally literate?


  1. Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
  2. CITO, Arnhem, The Netherlands.
  3. Expertisecentrum Nederlands, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

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