ERIC Number: ED186842
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Metacomprehension and School-Aged Children's Reading: An Overview.
Pace, Ann Jaffe
Several research studies were reviewed to formulate a definition of metacomprehension in elementary school children. Although much additional research is needed, the one conclusion evident from the review is that metacomprehension is not a unitary phenomenon. It encompasses several kinds of abilities and degrees of awareness that may appear at different ages and interact with various task demands and situations; so it may manifest itself in certain circumstances but not in others. Younger elementary school children do not seem to utilize spontaneously the many options they have available for improving their comprehension. Studies have shown how various manipulations can be employed to increase the possibility that children will attend to significant features of texts, indicating that instructional procedures can be developed to train students to become more sensitive to their own comprehension. (RL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (29th, San Antonio, TX, November 29-December 1, 1979).