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Talking to an Author: Readers Taking Charge of the Reading Process


by Margaret G. McKeown & Isabel L. Beck 1998

In prior work in the intermediate grades, we had repeatedly seen students experiencing difficulty in understanding their textbooks and blaming themselves for not understanding the material. Our observations came from a series of studies, conducted in fifth to eighth grades, in which we probed students' interactions with textbook passages and interviewed students to trace their understandings of social studies topics they had studied in school, chiefly through reading textbooks.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 97, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 99 Number 6, 1998, p. 112-130
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18736, Date Accessed: 11/18/2017 10:10:38 PM

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  • Margaret McKeown
    University of Pittsburgh
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    MARGARET G. MCKEOWN is a Research Scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Isabel Beck
    University of Pittsburgh
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    ISABEL L. BECK is a Senior Scientist at the same Center. She is also Professor of Education at the University of Pittsburgh.
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