Implicit Acquiring of Procedural Knowledge in the Digital Interactive Environment in Children with Reading Impairment



Despite a long history of scientific studies, dyslexia still remains dramatic educational and social problem. Among the remedial reading instruction methodologies, two fundamentally different strategies are usually applied: to ease the basic instructions and supplement them by bootstrapping exercises and to apply the alternative strategy for syllable-blending and word-decoding. We aimed at developing a digital application that would provide alternative and easier way to reading acquisition for the reading-disabled children. As a result, the Web-based learning tool (WEBLET) was developed for the remedial treatment of Russian-speaking dyslexics. In the current paper, we present its architecture, methodological background, and the first results of its piloting in poor readers with learning disability. The study confirmed that the implicit learning and an acquisition of the procedural knowledge helped children with reading disorder.

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Keywords: e-learning, web-based application, reading skills, dyslexia, reading difficulties

Publication rubric: Inclusive Education in Digital Environment: Opportunities and Risks

Article type: scientific article

Funding. The reported study was funded by Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), project number 19–29–14078.

For citation: Kornev A.N., Balciuniene I. Implicit Acquiring of Procedural Knowledge in the Digital Interactive Environment in Children with Reading Impairment. Digital Humanities and Technology in Education (DHTE 2021): Collection of Articles of the II All-Russian Scientific and Practical Conference with International Participation. November 11-12, 2021 / V.V. Rubtsov, M.G. Sorokova, N.P. Radchikova (Eds). Moscow: Publishing house MSUPE, 2021., pp. 263–276.


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Information About the Authors

Alexander N. Kornev, Doctor of Psychology, PhD in Medicine, Professor, Head of the Department of Logopathology, Head of the Laboratory of Neurocognitive Technologies, Saint Petersburg State Academy of Pediatric Medicine, Teacher at the Institute of Practical Psychology "Imaton", St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Ingrida Balciuniene, PhD, Associated Professor, Department of Logopathology, Saint Petersburg State Pediatric Medical University, Associated Professor, Department of Logopathology, , St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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