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Cooperative reading/Reciprocal teaching

Co-operative reading is based on Palincsar and Brown's (1986) research into reciprocal teaching. Students work in groups of four. Each student is given a different strategy that they are responsible for leading/answering during the discussion time which follows the reading of the text. These roles are summarising, question generating, clarifying, and predicting.

Reciprocal teaching aids students to construct meaning from text as well as a providing a means of monitoring their reading to ensure that they are, in fact, understanding what they read. It also scaffolds their use of the reading strategies.

Watch this short video to see cooperative reading/reciprocal teaching in a year 12 english classroom

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Published on: 19 Jan 2018