Reading and Writing. This study demonstrated the benefit of teaching text comprehension strategies to adults who are poor readers. These subjects were randomly assigned to one of three experimental or two control conditions.
As the documentary details, many teachers—and professors of education—are unfamiliar with the overwhelming evidence that systematic phonics is the most effective way to teach children how to decode written language. True, compared to phonics, teacher-education programs are more likely to say they cover reading comprehension. But what prospective teachers learn about comprehension in those courses is dangerously inaccurate.
Purpose: Evidence regarding the effectiveness of literacy interventions designed to support the reading comprehension ability of adults is limited. This study examined the effectiveness of four theoretically motivated literacy strategies to support the reading comprehension of pre-service teachers with identified reading comprehension difficulties. Method: A repeated measures design was employed to ascertain the effectiveness of the interventions.
The purpose of reading is for the reader to construct meaning from the text. For many young adults with Down syndrome, knowing what the text is all about is difficult, and so for them the activity of reading becomes simply the practice of word calling. It is suggested in the literature that for those individuals with Down syndrome, learning can continue into adolescence and that this may be the optimal time for learning to occur. However, a review of the literature revealed limited empirical research specifically relating to the reading comprehension of young adults with Down syndrome.
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This research comprises content analysis of three common standardized tests for adults, commonly accepted as reasonable proxies for the global construct of adult literacy, to determine the comprehension skills that adults need to pass them. The authors provide a succinct table of reading comprehension strategies identifying main idea, summarizing, drawing inferences, generating questions, creating visual images, and looking for clues. They also provide information and specific interventions to support each of these skills, pulling from the research.
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If you were to ask, most teachers would agree improving reading comprehension is about teaching students how to think while reading. That said, perhaps it should be a sub-course within all the courses that you do teach. Ultimately, though, to teach your learners to analyze historical events, English literature, and scientific and math concepts, you must teach them how to read better.
Skip to search form Skip to main content. Although research on improving child literacy is converging, no such body of research exists for adult literacy. Yet the need is no less significant.