Integrating memory-based and constructionist processes in accounts of reading comprehension

Paul Van Den Broek*, David N. Rapp, Panayiota Kendeou

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Memory-based and constructionist processes have both been proposed as essential components of the activation of concepts (e.g., propositions) and the establishment of meaningful connections between concepts during reading. In this article, we argue that a comprehensive theory of reading comprehension should include both sets of processes. In support of this view, we summarize the results of several studies that support the contribution of both processes during reading. In addition, we describe the conceptual framework of the Landscape Model, in which memory-based and constructionist processes are explicitly interconnected and dynamically interact in an account of reading comprehension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-316
Number of pages18
JournalDiscourse Processes
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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