Comprehension instruction

Merging two historically antithetical perspectives

Authored by: Gerald G. Duffy , Samuel Miller , Scott Howerton , Joseph Baxter Williams

The Routledge International Handbook of English, Language and Literacy Teaching

Print publication date:  February  2010
Online publication date:  February  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415469036
eBook ISBN: 9780203863091
Adobe ISBN: 9781135183141


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This chapter reviews past research and scholarly thought on comprehension instruction, and proposes where we must go next. We ground our thinking in Greeno et al.’s (1996) perspective:

We believe educational research is undergoing a major advance … leading toward a psychology of cognition and learning that includes individual, social and environmental factors … [that] … will require merging and extending concepts and methods that, until recently, have developed relatively separately.

(1996: 15)

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