23 June 2017

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Round Table 2010

Round Table 2010

What happens in your brain when you read? Basics and knowledge of brain research and its relevance in reading promotion.

For the 6th time, the Stiftung Lesen is holding its National Round Table on reading promotion – this time, on the subject of the relevance of the knowledge gained from brain research for reading promotion.

‘We know, with ever greater precision, what happens in the brain when we read. Now it is the case of putting this knowledge to use. Knowledge gained in brain research will play an ever greater role in reading promotion – and this involving persons with completely different approaches to the subject in question: in the case of primary school teachers as well as that of librarians, in the case of developers of multimedia learning programmes for reading as well as in government departments in the ministry of education.’

This conclusion was drawn by Dr. Simone Ehmig, head of the Institute for Reading and Media Research of the Stiftung Lesen at the close of the sixth Round Table discussion on the subject of reading promotion of the Stiftung Lesen on 19 November 2010. The annual event, which is promoted by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, with some 30 participants from the reading promotion sector, was held on this occasion in Ulm.

The objective of the event is both the transfer of information as well as improved networking of reading promotion multiplier interaction. Sabine Uehlein, Programmes and Projects Manager at the Stiftung Lesen, emphasised that the knowledge gained from brain research has been characterising the conception of reading promotion for almost a decade.

According to information supplied by Dr. Markus Kiefer, Private Lecturer and Head of the Section for Cognitive Electrophysiology at the Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy III of the University of Ulm, two of the central questions for which specific information could be presented through the brain and cognition research. Opposed to this, the suggestions by the reading promotion experts supply important impulses for the conception of further approaches in research.

According to Kiefer: ‘Under ideal conditions, basic research and practice reciprocally constantly supply one another with orientation aids – and the Round Table event was a successful example of this.’