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Attending to the Nature of Subject Matter in Text Comprehension Assessments

WithAnnemarie Sullivan Palincsar, Shirley J. Magnusson, Ellen Pesko, Maria Hamlin

In this chapter, we report on exploratory research investigating elementary students’ comprehension of text in a domain-specific manner, using a specially designed text. In addition, the assessment context was designed with an eye to reducing the limitations that students with impoverished content-specific prior knowledge may have in building adequate mental representations of the text. Prior to describing this research, we present an argument for the significance of this type of inquiry.