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McKeown, Margaret G., Isabel L. Beck, Gail M. Sinatra, and Jane A. Loxterman. “The Contribution of Prior Knowledge and Coherent Text to Comprehension.” Reading Research Quarterly 27(1) (1992): 78-93.


Examines comprehension of students provided with relevant background knowledge and then tested on two versions of a text. Finds that students who read the revised text recalled significantly more material and answered more questions correctly than students who read the original text. Discusses the importance of the teacher's role in mediating learning from social studies text.