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ERIC Number: ED315726
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Pages: 23
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The Interactive Model of Reading: Deciding How Disability Occurs.
Walker, Barbara J.
Even though reading is a complex process, cognitive psychologists generally agree that reading is an active thinking process. Four aspects of the interactive view of reading can help define this process: (1) readers use both what they know and information from the text to construct meaning; (2) readers elaborate what and how they read; (3) readers continually monitor their understanding to see if it makes sense; and (4) readers use the situational context to focus their purposes and frame their attitude toward the literacy event. The interactive model of reading can form a framework for analyzing reading difficulty. Reading difficulty occurs when one of the aspects of the reading process is excluded for an extended period of time. When there is a mismatch between the students' reading behaviors and reading instruction, readers use compensatory strategies to construct meaning. With each of the four aspects of the interactive model of reading, reasons for reading difficulty can be explained in terms of an interaction between student behaviors and classroom instruction, thus illustrating the powerful influence teachers and schooling have on remedial reading. (Two figures representing the interactive reading model and a model of reading difficulty are included; 38 references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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