Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Topic: Comprehension Defined

10-second review: How would you define comprehension? The authors’ definition is an interesting starting point.

Title: “The Concept of Comprehension: An Analysis.” TE Wheat and RM Edmond. Journal of Reading (April 1975), 523-527.

Summary/Quote: “The reader must be totally involved in striving to reconstruct the author’s message. He uses all his past experiences and learning as well as his knowledge of the structure of the language.”

Comment: This brief summary of comprehension implies a concentration on the act of reading that I don’t think is necessary for everything we read. RayS.

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