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Comprehension Strategies

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There is near unanimity in the field of literacy education that strategic readers are more active readers and that active readers both retain more and are more likely to reapply what they remember in new contexts.” Keene (2007)

In the 1980s researchers began asking, “What do proficient readers do to help themselves comprehend text?”. Their results eventually became known as the “proficient reader research” and revealed seven comprehension strategies consistently used by readers to understand text. These strategies and related instructional information can be found on the sidebar to the right.