Using Advances in Cognitive Science to Improve Students Study Skills and Reading Comprehension

  • Tenaha O’ReillyEmail author
  • John Sabatini
Part of the Literacy Studies book series (LITS, volume 13)


National and international assessments of reading, science and math indicate that students and adults in the United States lag behind citizens of other developed nations. While there are multifaceted reasons for this lag, recent advances in cognitive science and technology have uncovered promising ways to intervene and help struggling students. This chapter will review recent developments from the cognitive literature that can potentially shed light on solutions for improving students study skills, as well as their general reading comprehension. We draw upon the available literature from reading strategy research and recent advances in assessment. Collectively, while this research indicates that the construct of reading has shifted; modern reading interventions are positioned to help prepare students for twenty-first century literacy activities.


Study skills Reading strategies Assessment 



The research reported here was supported, in part, by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through grant R305F100005 to the Educational Testing Service as part of the Reading for Understanding Research Initiative. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of Educational Testing Service, the Institute, or the U.S. Department of Education. We would like to also like to thank Kim Fryer for editorial assistance; Don Powers, Laura Halderman, and anonymous reviewers for their suggestions for improving the chapter.


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