The Impact of Concept-Oriented Reading Instruction on Students’ Reading Motivation, Reading Engagement, and Reading Comprehension

Authored by: Allan Wigfield , John T. Guthrie

Handbook of Research on Schools, Schooling, and Human Development

Print publication date:  May  2010
Online publication date:  June  2010

Print ISBN: 9780805859485
eBook ISBN: 9780203874844
Adobe ISBN: 9781135283872


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The development of adequate reading comprehension skills is crucial to children’s success in school and to other important developmental outcomes. Children who can comprehend well have the opportunity to learn content in many different school subjects; those who read poorly generally make poor academic progress in a variety of academic subject areas (Alvermann & Eakle, 2003; Kirsch et al., 2002). Reading comprehension is a strong predictor of whether children stay in school when the option to drop out at age 16 becomes available to them (Finn, 1989). Therefore, it is essential for all children to develop the ability to comprehend what they read.

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