Understanding Reading Comprehension: Processes and Practices

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SAGE, Sep 29, 2014 - Education - 224 pages

Can baboons read? That is the thought-provoking question that opens this wonderfully accessible book for trainee and practising primary school teachers to fully understand the process of reading comprehension. Comprehension is an essential component of learning to read and a successful teacher of reading will have a portfolio of different strategies and approaches that take in to account that children learn to read in different ways. This book supports the development of student and practising teachers’ subject knowledge by providing detailed guidance in to the reading comprehension process, along with practical strategies and lesson ideas for use in the classroom. Drawing from educational and psychological research, coverage includes:

  • School-based activities in every chapter
  • An in-depth focus on the inference making process
  • The role of vocabulary and syntax in comprehension
  • Cognitive and meta-cognitive processes including the use of memory
  • Advice on developing effective classroom talk with different groups of children
  • Using different text genres and selecting texts

Why not preview the first chapter? Read Chapter 1: Locating Reading It's a great starting point for discussion and debate on 'what is reading'.

 

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Contents

LOCATING READING
1
LOCATING COMPREHENSION
19
PROCESSES
35
KNOWLEDGE OF LIFE AND LANGUAGE
37
MEMORY AND MONITORING
52
INFERENCE MAKING DEFINITION AND DIFFICULTIES
68
COHERENCE INFERENCES
85
INTERROGATIVE INFERENCES
101
PRACTICES
135
SELECTING TEXTS
137
TEACHING COMPREHENSION PEDAGOGICAL PRINCIPLES
154
TEACHING COMPREHENSION PEDAGOGY IN PRACTICE
173
CONCLUSION
192
REFERENCES
195
INDEX
206
Copyright

TEXT COMPREHENSION UNITING THE SEPARATE COMPONENTS
115

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