The multi-dimensional demands of reading in the disciplines

Carol D. Lee*

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This commentary addresses the complexities of reading comprehension with an explicit focus on reading in the disciplines. The author proposes reading as entailing multi-dimensional demands of the reader and posing complex challenges for teachers. These challenges are intensified by restrictive conceptions of relevant prior knowledge and experience and inadequate tools - explicit models of reading processes in the disciplines and assessments for middle and high school - to provide the infrastructure needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-15
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 2014


  • Comprehension
  • Content literacy
  • Literature
  • Motivation/engagement
  • Struggling learners

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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