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ERIC Number: ED034657
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-May-2
Pages: 19
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The Many Faces of Reading Comprehension.
Smith, Nila Banton
The acquisition of thinking skills is being stressed today by educators in all fields. There are, however, no clear and concise concepts of the different faces of comprehension which deal with higher mental processes. If the thinking skills are to be implemented, certain objectives must first be met: more research must be conducted in regard to the development of the thinking skills in connection with reading content; techniques in stimulating depth reading must be improved; and there must be an understanding of why studies show that children are not doing well in grasping meanings in reading. Comprehension has taken on many indistinct and overlapping meanings since it first became a facet of reading about 50 years ago; therefore, the author suggests that comprehension be divided into four distinct categories of thinking skills: (1) literal comprehension, the skill of getting the primary, literal meaning; (2) interpretation, the probing for greater depths of meaning; (3) critical reading, the evaluating and passing of personal judgment; and (4) creative reading which starts with an inquiry and goes beyond implications derived from the text. References are included. (NH)
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Note: Paper presented at the International Reading Association conference, Kansas City, Mo., April 30-May 3, 1969