ERIC Number: ED209646
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Flexibility of Schema Shifting in Good and Poor Readers.
Townsend, Michael A. R.
The schema theory of reading comprehension holds that an active interplay exists between the reader's cognitive structures (schemata) relevant to a text and the text itself. A study examined whether children varying in reading comprehension ability showed differences in the deployment of cognitive structures--specifically, whether good and poor readers showed similar flexibility in shifting between familiar schemata. Twenty good and twenty poor third grade readers listened to two short passages about familiar daily activities. Comprehension of the second passage demanded a shift in schemata, and only half the children were explicitly cued to that shift. Analyses of free recall and interview responses indicated that although good readers recalled more information, there was similar flexibility of schemata shifting for both good readers and poor readers. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Schema Theory; Schemata
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Boston, MA, April 2-5, 1981).