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TES talks to…Holly Joseph

The University of Reading professor tells Simon Creasey how her research into the way the eyes move when they encounter text could assist teachers in diagnosing and supporting children with a variety of reading problems

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You probably consider yourself to be a good reader – this is, after all, a magazine that demands a high level of reading ability. And because you are a good reader, you will likely assume that you read via a fluent wave of ocular stimulation, smoothly picking off words in turn in each sentence. That assumption would be wrong, says Holly Joseph, associate professor at the University of Reading’s Institute of Education.

“A lot of people think that their eyes move smoothly over the lines of text, so when I tell them that they actually jump from word to word, they are often surprised,” she ...

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