Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Annotated Research: Comprehension Strategies

Question: What contributes to good comprehension?

Answer: “Found that college students who comprehended a series of reading passages well reported using more comprehension strategies than students who comprehended the passages poorly.” PH Johnston and PN Winograd. 1985. P. 208.

Comment: What is a reading strategy? Reading the title, first and last paragraphs, topic sentences and raising questions to answer, the old survey and question from SQ3R.

Probably the best strategy I ever encountered, was Francis Bacon’s “Some books are to be tasted , others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.”

Most of my reading strategies are based on that advice from Bacon’s essay “On Studies” in 1625. RayS.

Title: “Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of English.” JD Marshall and RK Durst. Research in the Teaching of English (May 1986), 198-215.

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