Monday, February 14, 2011

Research: Reading Comprehension

Question: How can students improve their reading comprehension?

Answer: “Sixth graders recalled more information when they were forewarned that they would be tested on the material they were asked to read.” JM Bill. 1984. P. 197.

Comment: First, warning students that something will be on the test is a teaching cliché. Second, it’s just another strategy for giving purpose for reading. And not a particularly good purpose either. Much better that students survey and decide on what information they are seeking. RayS.

Title: “Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of English.” JD Marshall and RK Durst. Research in the Teaching of English (May 1985), pp. 183-204.

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