The interaction of reader strategies and the organization of text

Bonnie J.F. Meyer, G. Elizabeth Rice

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A model is proposed for the interaction between reader and text in arriving at an identification of the overall logical organization to be used by the reader in processing and remembering the text. Different emphasis patterns provided by the writer for a text on railroads are shown to result in different organizational patterns and types of information recalled by adults. Recall protocols written by adults with different reading strategies are examined for different versions of this text. In addition, other subjects reported their expectations for these versions of the railroad text when asked to read and comment on the text in a sentence-by-sentence manner; the reported expectations show similarities with the model and the recall data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-192
Number of pages38
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - 1982

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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