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Interamerican Journal of Psychology

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SPINILLO, Alina Galvão. The reader and the text: developing text comprehension in the school setting. Interam. j. psychol. [online]. 2008, vol.42, n.1, pp. 29-40. ISSN 0034-9690.

This study involves a teaching experiment aimed to improve children's text comprehension. Children with difficulties in text comprehension were divided into an Experimental and a Control Group. Children in the EG were given inferential training that required readers to relate textual information to their previous knowledge and to integrate information mentioned in the text. No significant differences were found between the two groups in the pre-test. However, in the post-test children in the EG were significantly more successful than those in the CG. Only the children in the EG showed improvement of their comprehension skills when compared in the pre- and in the post-test. The nature of the intervention and its implications for education are discussed in terms of finding useful ways of teaching comprehension in the school setting.

Keywords : Text Comprehension Difficulties; Children; Inferences; School Setting.

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