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Rethinking Reading Comprehension

reviewed by Linda Akanbi - 2004

coverTitle: Rethinking Reading Comprehension
Author(s): Anne Polselli Sweet and Catherine E. Snow (Editors)
Publisher: Guilford Press, New York
ISBN: 1572308923, Pages: 224, Year: 2003
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The book, Rethinking Reading Comprehension, edited by Anne Polselli  Sweet and Catherine E. Snow, represents a splendid compendium of timely and important topics pertaining to reading comprehension including variables relating to the process of learning to read, approaches to reading comprehension instruction, reading comprehension development and instruction of English Language Learners, adolescents and their multiple literacies, text factors relating to reading comprehension, individual differences, comprehension assessment, reading hypertext, and professional development, to name a few.  Contrary to its promising title however, this book really offers nothing new on the topic of comprehension.  The book is largely based on the report of the RAND Reading Study Group (RRSG) which desperately tried to formulate a new definition of comprehension.  In this definition, presented in the opening chapter of the book by the editors, Anne Sweet and Catherine Snow, comprehension (which I think all would agree is the essence of reading) is described as “the process of simultaneously extracting and constructing meaning” (p. 1). According to the RAND Reading Study Group, this... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 12, 2004, p. 2312-2315
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11318, Date Accessed: 7/30/2021 4:14:41 AM

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  • Linda Akanbi
    Kennesaw State University
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    LINDA AKANBI is a professor of reading education at Kennesaw State University. Recent publications include Teaching African American Children to Read (in press)and "The Literacy Action Plan: A Blueprint for Literacy Success," in the University System of Georgia's Literacy Lens, Volume 2, Issue 2, 2003. Current projects include writing a guidebook, Promoting Critical Literacy Through Reading and Writing, for the International Reading Association, as part of a Collaborative Professional Development and Project for Nigeria, and completing research on the examinination of literacy acquisition from a cross-cultural perspective.
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