Chapter 9 Toward a Comprehensive Model of Comprehension

Danielle McNamara, Joe Magliano

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The goal of this chapter is to provide the foundation toward developing a more comprehensive model of reading comprehension. To this end, seven prominent comprehension models (Construction-Integration, Structure-Building, Resonance, Event-Indexing, Causal Network, Constructionist, and Landscape) are described, evaluated, and compared. We describe what comprehension models have offered thus far, differences and similarities between them, and what comprehension processes are not included within any of the models, and thus, what should be included in a comprehensive model. Our primary conclusion from the review of this literature is that current models of comprehension are not necessarily contradictory, but rather cover different spectrums of comprehension processes. Further, no one model adequately accounts for a wide variety of reading situations that have been observed and the range of comprehension considered thus far in comprehension models is too limited.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-384
Number of pages88
JournalPsychology of Learning and Motivation - Advances in Research and Theory
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Psychology


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