2nd Edition

Handbook of Research on Reading Comprehension, Second Edition

Edited By Susan E. Israel Copyright 2017

    This esteemed reference work and professional resource, now substantially revised, integrates classic and cutting-edge research on how children and adolescents make meaning from text. The comprehension tasks and challenges facing students at different grade levels are explored, with attention to multiple text types and reading purposes. Preeminent researchers offer a range of perspectives--cognitive, neuroscientific, sociocultural, pedagogical, and technological--on key aspects of comprehension. Effective approaches to assessment, instruction, and intervention are reviewed. The volume also addresses issues in teaching specific populations, including struggling readers and English language learners.

    New to This Edition
    *A decade's worth of significant research advances are reflected in 10 entirely new chapters.
    *Revised throughout to incorporate new studies and timely topics: the expanding role of technology, changing school populations, the Common Core standards, international research, and more.
    *Chapters on graphic, scientific, and multiple digital texts.
    *Chapters on fluency, professional learning, and literacy coaching.

    I. Historical Analysis
    1. Introduction: The Consequential Pulse of Reading Comprehension Research, Susan E. Israel and D. Ray Reutzel
    2. The Roots of Reading Comprehension Instruction, P. David Pearson & Gina N. Cervetti
    3. Comprehension Is Not Simple: Considering the Persisting Dangers in the Simple View of Reading Comprehension, James V. Hoffman
    4. Professional Learning for Educators Focused on Reading Comprehension: A Historical Perspective, Barbara Laster & Carla Finkelstein
    5. Research on Helping Readers Make Sense of Print: Evolution of Comprehension-Based Pedagogy, Kenneth S. Goodman, Yetta M. Goodman, & Kelly L. Allen
    II. Theoretical Perspectives
    6. An Evolving Perspective of Constructively Responsive Reading Comprehension Strategies in Multilayered Digital Text Environments, Byeong-Young Cho & Peter Afflerbach
    7. Toward a Theory of Literacy Meaning Making within Virtual Worlds, Richard Beach and Robert J. Tierney
    8. Meaning Making in the 21st Century: The Sociogenesis of Reading Comprehension, James Gavelek & Colleen E. Whittingham
    9. Literacy, Comprehension, and the Neurosciences, George G. Hruby
    III. Diagnosis, Assessment, and Intervention
    10. Assessments of Reading Comprehension: Challenges and Directions, Lauren Leslie and JoAnne Schudt Caldwell
    11. Using Assessments to Map and Evaluate the Comprehension Development of Young Children, Katherine A. Dougherty Stahl & Georgia Earnest García
    12. Comprehension Difficulties and Struggling Readers, Richard L. Allington & Anne McGill-Franzen
    13. Self-Regulation and Reading Comprehension: Moving Beyond the Individual's Cognition in Regulated Learning, Dixie D. Massey & Samuel D. Miller
    14. Reconsidering Fluency's Role in Reading Comprehension, Melanie Kuhn & Paula J. Schwanenflugel
    IV. Impact of Text and Higher-Order Processing
    15. Text and Comprehension: A Retrospective, Perspective, and Prospective, Emily Fox & Patricia A. Alexander
    16. Reading Comprehension in the Middle Grades: Characteristics, Challenges, and Effective Supports, Ruth Wharton-McDonald & Joy Erickson
    17. Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension: The Nexus of Meaning, Gwynne Ellen Ash & James F. Baumann
    18. Improving Adolescent Comprehension: Developing Strategies in the Content Areas, Mark W. Conley
    19. Structure, Epistemology, and Metalanguage Foundations of Reading Comprehension in Scientific Texts, Linda M. Phillips & Anat Yarden
    20. Graphic Text and Visual Literacies in Reading Comprehension, Stergios Botzakis, Jason D. DeHart, & Sean P. Connors
    V. Diverse Components and Engagement
    21. Reading Comprehension Research and the Shift Toward Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy, Colleen M. Fairbanks, Jewell E. Cooper, Sandra M. Webb, & Lynn A. Masterson
    22. Comprehension in the Disciplines, Cynthia Shanahan
    23. Constructing Meaning through Discussion, Keli Garas-York & Janice F. Almasi
    24. The Role of Interest in Reading Comprehension, Sheree E. Springer, Janice A. Dole, & Douglas J. Hacker
    25. Comprehension Strategies Instruction for Learners of English: Where We Have Been, Where We Are Now, Where We Still Might Go, Rachel Brown
    26. Family Literacy Initiatives and Reading Comprehension, Patricia A. Edwards, Maria Selena Protacio, Marliese Peltier, & Laura Hopkins
    VI. Future Directions
    27. The Role of Literacy Coaching in Improving Comprehension Instruction, Misty Sailors, Sylvia Minton, & Lorena Villarreal
    28. Public Policy in an Era of Changing Literacies: A Focus on Reading Comprehension, Lori Helman & Cory Stai
    29. Sophistication of Reading Comprehension: Where to from Here?, Susan E. Israel


    Susan E. Israel, PhD, is a literacy researcher, educator, and author who has focused on reading comprehension since her early days teaching in the classroom in the 1990s. She taught at the University of Notre Dame, in the Alliance for Catholic Education summer program, and at the University of Dayton, where she received the Panhellenic Council Outstanding Professor Award. Dr. Israel is a recipient of a Teacher as Researcher grant from the International Literacy Association (ILA) and has served on several ILA committees and interest groups, including as president of the History of Literacy Special Interest Group. Dr. Israel has written or edited more than 25 books on literacy and teacher education, including, most recently, Verbal Protocols in Literacy Research.

    "This volume represents the definitive word on reading comprehension--and as we all know, reading with understanding is what reading is all about. The second edition takes the reader through the history of reading comprehension research right up to the present, with chapters that are highly readable and accessible. The book is exceptionally well organized and is an ideal text for graduate classes in literacy development. The authors of these chapters are the top scholars in the field."--Susan B. Neuman, EdD, Teaching and Learning Department, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University

    "A masterpiece. This volume represents the new gold standard for research on reading comprehension. It surveys the historical, theoretical, methodological, empirical, cultural, and pedagogical dimensions of comprehension research. Researchers, educators, policymakers, and curriculum designers will find the second edition of this handbook indispensable."--Douglas K. Hartman, PhD, College of Education, Michigan State University

    "Over recent years, there has been a revolution in our understanding of reading comprehension. The second edition of this handbook is the best and most up-to-date introduction to this revolution for researchers, teachers, and students alike. It is essential reading for anyone interested in literacy."--James Paul Gee, PhD, Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies and Regents’ Professor, Arizona State University

    "We live in a time when an individual’s ability to process information and reason at a deep level is critical to quality of life and advancement as a society. Fortunately, the second edition of this handbook extends our knowledge about why we should study various aspects of reading comprehension and what approaches to instruction have merit. An extremely valuable and comprehensive resource."--Michael F. Hock, PhD, Senior Research Scientist and Director, Center for Research on Learning, University of Kansas