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Thinking Through Text Comprehension: Part One

Research Applies to: Headsprout


This peer-reviewed article describes some key conceptual foundations underlying the design of Headsprout Reading Comprehension. The focus is on how the program garners principles from the learning sciences and engineers those principles into instructional language and teaching sequences that are accessible to students.


The authors explain the following terms and give examples of their use in teaching reading comprehension:

  • Instructional control
  • Dimensional control
  • Readers’ verbal repertoires
  • Readers’ investigative repertoires


Layng, T. V. J., Sota, M., & Leon, M. (2011). Thinking through text comprehension I: Foundation and guiding relations. The Behavior Analyst Today, 12(1), 3-11.

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