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For the better part of a century the educational community has had increased focus on the importance of reading. The publication of Why Johnny Can't Read and What You Can Do About It (Flesch, 1955) began the surge of effort to better understand the cognitive process of reading to further examine how educators can help children become better readers. Since this 1950's publication, reading research grew and philosophies developed and subsequently changed. However, one thing remained the same: understanding what we read is critically important to becoming a critical thinker. Thus, reading comprehension research continued to boom and the educational community continues to seek ways in which reading comprehension instruction can be improved. (excerpt)

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Originally published in the New England Reading Association Journal, available online from HighBeam Research.

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