This volume summarizes a decade of research highlighting major advances in knowledge concerning the nature of comprehension. It suggests instructional implications of these advances and identifies issues remaining to be addressed. Case studies are provided describing how several school districts have used this research to develop new approaches to teaching comprehension.
Contents: Part I:Introduction. J. Orasanu, M. Penney, Introduction: Comprehension Theory and How It Grew. Part II:The Comprehension Process. P.A. Carpenter, M. Adam-Just, Cognitive Processes in Reading. P. Wilson, R.C. Anderson, The Role of Prior Knowledge in Comprehension (or, What They Don't Know Will Hurt Them). A.L. Brown, B. Armbruster, L. Baker, The Role of Metacognition in Reading and Studying. R.W. Shuy, Changing Linguistic Perspectives on Literacy. W.S. Hall, T.G. White, L. Guthrie, Skilled Reading and Language Development: Some Key Issues. Part III:Instructional Implications. I. Beck, M. McKeown, Instructional Research in Reading: A Retrospective. R. Farr, R. Carey, B. Tone, Recent Theory and Research Into the Reading Process: Implications for Reading Assessment. T. Anderson, B. Armbruster, Readable Textbooks (or, Selecting a Textbook is Not Like Buying a Pair of Shoes). A. Rubin, J. Hansen, Reading and Writing: How Are the First Two "R's" Related? A. Collins, Teaching Reading and Writing With Personal Computers. J.A. Langer, Computer Technology and Reading Instruction: Perspectives and Directions. G.P. Knott, Literacy in the Secondary Level. Part IV:From Research to Practice: Case Studies. C.M.T. Smith-Burke, L.H. Ringler, STAR: Teaching Reading and Writing. K.H. Au, D. Crowell, C. Jordan, K.C.M. Sloat, G.E. Speidel, T.W. Klein, R.G. Thays, Development and Implementation of the KEEP Reading Program. G.M. McDonnell, The Step Up Language Arts Program: A Study of Effective Change. R.T. Schuder, Rethinking Reading and Listening in a Large Public School System: A Case History. D. Ogle, Collaboration for School Improvement: A Case Study of a School District and a College. C.M. Santa, Content Reading in Secondary Schools. L. Mikulecky, Effective Literacy Training Programs for Adults in Business and Municipal Employment.