Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 91–98 | Cite as

Developing Successful Readers: Building Early Comprehension Skills through Television Viewing and Listening

  • Panayiota Kendeou
  • Julie S. Lynch
  • Paul van den Broek
  • Chris A. Espin
  • Mary Jane White
  • Kathleen E. Kremer

Developing the ability to read is a complex process involving a variety of skills, including both basic language skills and language comprehension skills. Although a balanced reading program would include the development of basic language and comprehension skills, comprehension has often been overlooked in early reading instruction. In this article, we examine recent research findings on how comprehension skills develop in young children and discuss the implications of those findings for comprehension assessment and interventions.


reading literacy comprehension narratives listening comprehension children media 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Panayiota Kendeou
    • 1
    • 4
  • Julie S. Lynch
    • 2
  • Paul van den Broek
    • 1
  • Chris A. Espin
    • 1
  • Mary Jane White
    • 1
  • Kathleen E. Kremer
    • 3
  1. 1.University of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Saginaw Valley State UniversityUniversity CenterUSA
  3. 3.Fischer Price HeadquartersEast AuroraUSA
  4. 4.University of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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