ERIC Number: ED248458
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
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Perspectives on the Research and Purposes of Reading Comprehension Study Skills and Techniques.
De Santi, Roger J.
Forum for Reading, v15 n1 p10-16 Fall-Win 1983
The primary purpose for reading is to derive the meaning of an author's message, which has been transmitted through print, as it relates to the reader's personal need to go from a point of lesser to greater information. Within the college reading improvement program, the many purposes surrounding reading should intersect to form the basis for improving students' comprehension and study skills. Teachers can help students to deal with and understand four perspectives of intention or purpose. The first is determining the author's intention. The second is the teacher's purpose. The third and fourth are the instruction in and opportunity for practice of reading comprehension, with materials commensurate with the student's maturity level. These four perspectives cross both basic and applied research needs in comprehension assessment techniques, methods, and materials. Two researchers have summarized the reading research of the 1970s as being predominantly oriented toward basic research in reading as a process at the expense of applied reading research. Another study has indicated that few college reading instructors felt that reading research contributes a great deal to college reading programs. However, the teaching of reading improvement cannot and has not waited for the necessary applied research to be conducted. Those who need information from applied research are in the best position to formulate their own questions and set about obtaining the answers. (HTH)
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