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Beck, Isabel L. “Revising Social Studies Text from a Text-Processing Perspective: Evidence of Improved Comprehensibility.” Reading Research Quarterly 26(3) (1991): 251-76.


Uses a cognitive processing perspective to revise fifth grade social studies texts, to describe those revisions, and to demonstrate their effects empirically. Finds that students reading the revised text recalled more material and answered more questions correctly than did those reading the original text. Concludes that a text-processing approach to creating comprehensible text is feasible.