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Reading and Comprehension in the African Context

A Cognitive Enquiry

Agnes Wanja Kibui

Publication Year: 2013

This book makes an important contribution to existing knowledge on the processes of reading and comprehension by identifying the various approaches and corresponding theories. The book is organized in various chapters that cumulatively lead to our entry into the three key areas. Chapter One provides important background to reading as a skill, explaining the hidden dynamics that avoid the process and outcome of reading. Chapter Two deals with comprehension and vocabulary, both very important aspects of the reading process, while Chapter Three focuses on the relationship between reading, remembering and perception. Chapters four and five deal with various ways of assessing comprehension and the role of the reader respectively.

Published by: African Books Collective

Cover

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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5

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Foreword

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pp. v-vi

This book makes an important contribution to existing knowledge on the processes of reading and comprehension by identifying the various approaches and corresponding theories. While most of us know the importance of the two processes, few of us have mastered the various cognitive theoretical approaches that can be adopted to make reading effective, informative and enjoyable. ...

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Preface

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pp. vii-viii

In writing this book, my aim has been to give an account of what it means to be a proficient reader. Proficient readers are people who can get the information that they want from a text efficiently. The topics I highlight have not been given much attention in recent reading text books. ...

Contents

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pp. ix-xii

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Chapter One: Introduction

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pp. 1-12

According to the 1999 National Population Census the Kenyan population is composed of Africans who belong to different mother tongues, Asians of several Asiatic languages, Europeans of different nationalities, Arabs and other nationalities that come from diverse linguistic backgrounds. ...

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Chapter Two: Reading and Comprehension: An Overview

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pp. 13-26

The ability to read with understanding is a skill that is essential in modern society as there is a lot of material that needs to be read and understood. Yet, a large number of people never master it completely. Readers go unprotected from the struggle with job application forms, and insurance policies, recipes, and advertisements; ...

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Chapter Three: Reading and Comprehension: A Theoretical Framework

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pp. 27-44

When reading, the ability to recognize as many words as possible is important. No reading comprehension can take place without the immediate recognition of the words in the text. A lack of knowledge of words in a text could lead to frustration and unwillingness to read further as it could hinder the automatic cognition processing which is caused by fluency in the language in which the learner reads. ...

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Chapter Four: Reading and Comprehension: Cognitive Components

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pp. 45-72

Recognition involves memory of things past. The interpretation taken at one level is the decoding of words, but it also implies the meaning the reader places on the words or the sentences read. Researchers seem to be at a loss to explain fully as to what stage do reading, memory and perception interact or what actually happens when they come together but they seem to act simultaneously. ...

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Chapter Five: Reading and Comprehension: Techniques of Assessment

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pp. 73-80

The purposes of reading assessment include comparing a learners’ progress to that of his or her peers, screening learners for special assistance, measuring an individual’s progress over a period of time, diagnosing particular areas of strength or weakness, using information for decisions about instruction, and determining placement within a reading program or special facility. ...

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Chapter Six: Reading and Comprehension: Some Practical Applications

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pp. 81-92

If readers want to build immediate word recognition and quickness in processing the word mentally, that is, quickly remember a word meaning and link it to its context, which is the sentence in which it is used and also the whole text, they need to engage themselves in extensive reading. ...

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Chapter Seven: Concluding Remarks

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pp. 93-96

In the foregoing chapters of this book, I have attempted to analyze reading as a complex learning activity in which readers are required to demonstrate control of a number of variables simultaneously. At word level, readers should understand letter formation, sounds of letters, pronunciation of the words and word meanings. ...

Appendix One: A Reading and Comprehension Exercise (Level One)

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pp. 97-102

Appendix Two: A Reading and Comprehension Exercise (Level Two)

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pp. 103-108

Appendix Three: A Reading and Comprehension Exercise (Level Three)

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pp. 109-114

Bibliography

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pp. 115-120

Index

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pp. 121-122

Zapf Chancery Tertiary Level Publications, Back Cover

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pp. 136-140


E-ISBN-13: 9789966040534
Print-ISBN-13: 9789966040169

Page Count: 138
Publication Year: 2013