Reading and Writing (2006) 19:v–vii Springer 2006 DOI 10.1007/s11145-005-5707-0 JANE OAKHILL Experimental Psychology, School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, East Sussex, UK This Special Issue of Reading and Writing focuses on reading compre- hension: factors that inﬂuence its development, variables that diﬀerentiate between good and poor comprehenders, and aspects of the text or the task that inﬂuence comprehension. The papers in the ﬁrst part of the Special Issue on Comprehension addressed the development of compre- hension skills, the problems of poor comprehenders in mainstream pop- ulations and procedures for the remediation of comprehension problems. But, comprehension problems might result from, or be compounded by, other developmental problems, such as language diﬃculties. In addition, reading comprehension will not be simply a function of the reader but will also depend on aspects of the text or task that is presented. These vari- ables will be the focus of the ﬁve papers in Part 2 of this Special Issue. The ﬁrst two papers address aspects of the task and the test situation and explore how these inﬂuence comprehension. Kerr and Symons investigate whether children’s reading (rate, comprehension and recall) are inﬂuenced by computer presentation of the text. Although the chil-
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