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Understanding Reading Comprehension - Processes and Practices

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Reading comprehension is a vital aspect of learning to read that all primary school teachers need to understand.


Drawing from educational and psychological research, this book supports the development of student teachers’ subject knowledge by providing a detailed analysis of the reading comprehension process.  This is combined with practical strategies and techniques for use in the classroom. Coverage includes:



  • School-based activities in every chapter

  • An in-depth focus on the inference making process

  • The role of vocabulary and syntax in comprehension

  • Cognitive and meta-cognitive processes including the use of memory

  • Advice on developing effective classroom talk with different groups of children

  • Using different text genres


This is essential reading for primary English modules on initial teacher education courses, including university-based (PGCE, PGDE, BA QTS, BEd), school-based (SCITT, School Direct, Teach First) and employment-based routes into teaching, and also for current teachers wishing to further develop their knowledge.

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Reading comprehension is a vital aspect of learning to read that all primary school teachers need to understand.

Drawing from educational and psychological research, this book supports the development of student teachers’ subject knowledge by providing a detailed analysis of the reading comprehension process.  This is combined with practical strategies and techniques for use in the classroom. Coverage includes:

  • School-based activities in every chapter
  • An in-depth focus on the inference making process
  • The role of vocabulary and syntax in comprehension
  • Cognitive and meta-cognitive processes including the use of memory
  • Advice on developing effective classroom talk with different groups of children
  • Using different text genres

This is essential reading for primary English modules on initial teacher education courses, including university-based (PGCE, PGDE, BA QTS, BEd), school-based (SCITT, School Direct, Teach First) and employment-based routes into teaching, and also for current teachers wishing to further develop their knowledge.

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