ERIC Number: ED195969
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Construction and Reconstruction of Text.
Pugh, A. K.
Readers cannot profitably be studied without some assessment of the texts they read. Analyses of texts, however, are of doubtful value unless tested against readers' behavior. Despite the relative neglect of text in research on reading, numerous approaches to the analysis of text have been proposed. The developments within linguistics and the interest within psychology have greatly improved the ability to examine readers in relation to texts. Much of the work on text analysis and reading has, however, taken only one type of reading into account--that is careful reading for learning. The emphasis on reconstruction of text--in matching descriptions of the story or the text base with what the readers recall of it--should not lead us to overlook the importance of the reader's rapidly discerning a structure without having to study in detail all the propositions, sentences, and so forth which constitute it. There are conventions between reader and writer that are more specific in print and that make reading an efficient medium. These deserve and require more study if only for their practical application to developing reading as a purposeful interaction between reader and text. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Transactional Analysis
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the United Kingdom Reading Association (17th, University of Warwick, England, July 28-August 1, 1980). Best copy available.