ERIC Number: ED310358
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Construing Constructivism: Reading Research in the United States. Occasional Paper No. 12.
Spivey, Nancy Nelson
This article reviews research concerning the organizational, selective, and connective aspects of reading and then assesses the impact of constructivism on four reading-related issues in the United States: (1) readability of texts; (2) assessment of reading ability; (3) instruction in reading; and (4) conception of literacy. The article argues that the constructivist tradition in reading research, begun early in the century and reinitiated about 15 years ago, is producing new insights into discourse comprehension as part of the "cognitive revolution." The article characterizes constructivism as providing a coherent framework for studying the reading process by portraying the reader as building a mental representation from textual cues by organizing, selecting, and connecting content. (A list of 177 references is attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Writing, Berkeley, CA.; Center for the Study of Writing, Pittsburgh, PA.