The Progression of Reading Comprehension
A high level of reading comprehension is necessary for school and career success. This paper explains four key constructs, how they are intertwined, and their roles in reading comprehension. The four constructs are:
Developing and maintaining a standard for coherence for evaluating our models of meaning
Employing cognitive strategies to repair comprehension when it breaks down
Building models of what we think texts say and mean
Using knowledge to propel and assess comprehension
Each element is part of the infrastructure of comprehension, and each is necessary for the development of the other elements. In order for teachers and other educators to increase the level of reading comprehension in students, they need to know how these elements work together.