Toward a Theory of Reading Comprehension Instruction

Pearson, P. D., & Spiro, R. J. (1980). Toward a theory of reading comprehension instruction. Topics in Language Disorders, 1(1), 71-88.

Rand Spiro and I wrote this piece over a period of a couple of years in 1978-80, building off my earlier accounts of the utility of schema theory and Rand’s characterization of the ways in which Schema Theory was able to explain the typical roadblocks that kids run into when trying to render text meaningful.… Read the rest

First Big Time Publication of Dissertation Work

Finished the D in 1969 but did not get it published until 1974-75 in Reading Research Quarterly.  That’s a long story that is told in a later piece with Kate Frankel in 2013 or so.

Pearson, P. D. (1974-75).  The effects of grammatical complexity on children’s comprehension, recall and conception of semantic relations. Read the rest