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Title: Strategies for Controlling Hypothesis Formation in Reading
Author(s): Bruce, Bertram C.; Rubin, Andee
Subject(s): reading comprehension Reading strategies critical reading Educational assessment
Abstract: Reading is a process of forming and evaluating hypotheses to account for the data in a text. Because of its complexity, the task of reading requires strategies for controlling the proliferation of hypotheses. Four of these strategies, (a) jumping to conclusions, (b) maintaining inertia, (c) relying on background knowledge, and (d) working backwards from the goal, are generally effective, but they occasionally create reading problems, rather than alleviating them. Examples from protocols of readers reading a reading test passage are presented. These examples show both the effective use of the strategies and some problems that may arise from their use.
Issue Date: 1984
Publisher: International Reading Association
Citation Info: Bruce, Bertram C., & Rubin, Ann D. (1984). Strategies for controlling hypothesis formation in reading. In James Flood (Ed.), Promoting reading comprehension (pp. 97-112). Newark, Del.: International Reading Association. Also as Reading Education Report No. 22 (1981, June). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois, Center for the Study of Reading.
Series/Report: IRA Cognitive Psychology and Reading Comprehension Committee
Genre: Book Chapter
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/15782
ISBN: 0872077373
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: is peer reviewed
Sponsor: National Institute of Education under Contract No. HEW-NIE-C-400-76-0116.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2010-05-16
 

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