Understanding Reading Comprehension
Processes and Practices
- Wayne Tennent - Brunel University, UK
Primary English | Primary Professional Studies
Can baboons read? That is the thought-provoking question that opens this wonderfully accessible book for trainee and practising primary school teachers to fully understand the process of reading comprehension. Comprehension is an essential component of learning to read and a successful teacher of reading will have a portfolio of different strategies and approaches that take in to account that children learn to read in different ways. This book supports the development of student and practising teachers’ subject knowledge by providing detailed guidance in to the reading comprehension process, along with practical strategies and lesson ideas for use in the classroom. Drawing from educational and psychological research, coverage includes:
- School-based activities in every chapter
- An in-depth focus on the inference making process
- The role of vocabulary and syntax in comprehension
- Cognitive and meta-cognitive processes including the use of memory
- Advice on developing effective classroom talk with different groups of children
- Using different text genres and selecting texts
Excellent, concise and practical guide.
This is a very interesting book exploring the processes learners go through as they make sense of what they read. In the second half, the author suggests ways of teaching comprehension too. This is a useful text for practising teachers seeking to enhance their skills and understanding of the reading and sense-making process.
Good insights provided into the complexities of this field.
provides a good overview on the topic
Extremely interesting text discussing the types of comprehension that occur within children's development and ways in which these can be integrated into the curriculum. Easy read, not overly technical, but clear links between theory and practice.
Good use of theory, research and practice to assist students and teachers to understand reading comprehension.
I will certainly refer to this book extensively during this module.
This is a really valuable text in that simplifies teaching with children by using theory and research to support its argument.
This book enables our final year students to further deepen their understanding of both the place of reading comprehension and the manner in which to support children.
A thorough exploration of the complexities of how meaning is made from text. Theoretical models of the different cognitive processes involved are considered with an awareness throughout of their implications for teaching and learning reading comprehension in the classroom
Sample Materials & Chapters
Can baboons read? Locating Reading (Sample chapter)