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The ability to derive meaning from what is read is considered by most theorists in the field of reading education to be the optimum outcome of reading (Golinkoff, 1976; Goodman, 1972). The comprehension process enables the reader to apply his/her decoding skills to print and gain an understanding of the author's message (Golinkoff, 1976). This statement in and of itself is not accepted by all reading theorists as representative of what the reading process really entails (Bannatyne, 1973; Flesch, 1955). Beyond this initial controversy concerning the nature of reading, there is also the debate over just what exactly is involved in comprehension or, for that matter, what comprehension itself actually is (Wiener & Cromer, 1967). Considerable research has been focused on many different reading skills but it has only been recently that comprehension has begun to be a renewed source of study in reading (Gol inkoff, 1976).

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Catherine W. Hatcher


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