Following the author’s top-level organization: An important skill for reading comprehension

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An important reading skill identified by a number of educators involves following the author’s organization of a text. For example, Davis (1944) identified eight reading comprehension skills through a factor analytic method. Two of these factors were following the structure of a passage and recognizing the author’s purpose. In addition, the work of Niles (1965) states that children must learn to follow the author’s pattern of thought. Spearritt (1972) identified four separate skills in reading comprehension and they also included following the structure of the passage and recognizing the author’s purpose.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUnderstanding Readers’ Understanding
Subtitle of host publicationTheory to Practice
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)9781136563126
ISBN (Print)9780898599114
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2013


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