With a little help, six-year-olds can read texts in the same way as adult literary scholars.
It is estimated that between 5 and 10 percent of the population suffer the kind of reading and writing difficulties that are characterised as dyslexia. But although most people have some perception of what dyslexia can be about, and although several organisations provide various descriptions of this common reading and writing problem, there is no clear scientific definition as to what dyslexia actually is. "It is time to come up with some new hypotheses so that we can move forward with our research", says Professor Finn Egil Tønnessen of the Norwegian Reading Centre.
How can elementary school pupils benefit from a lower pupil-teacher ratio, or by attending smaller classes? Researchers at the Norwegian Reading Centre, University of Stavanger, are looking to find the answer. An allocation to the project of NOK 160 million by the Research Council of Norway makes this one of the largest studies on Norwegian education to date.