Reading Comprehension As Intertextual Practice: An Ethnographic Perspective

Presented by Professor David Bloome, Ohio State University

Monday, April 2, 2012
4 p.m.
University of Rochester's River Campus
Interfaith Chapel - River Room

Rather than view reading comprehension as an interaction between a reader and a text, Bloome argues that reading comprehension can be viewed as intertextual practice; that is, as social practices involving the juxtaposition of multiple texts and interactions with other people. Using ethnographic and micro ethnographic studies of classroom reading activities, he examines the affordances of such a conception of reading comprehension. This event is free and open to the public.

David Bloome, PhD, is EHE Distinguished Professor of Teaching and Learning in the School of Teaching and Learning of The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology.  As director of the Center for Video Ethnography and Discourse Analysis and co-director of the Columbus Area Writing Project, his work is closely tied to classroom teachers’ needs. His research focuses on how people use spoken and written language for learning in classroom and non-classroom settings, and how people use language to create and maintain social relationships, construct knowledge, and create communities, social institutions, and shared histories and futures. He is a former president of the National Council of Teachers of English as well as a former president of the National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy.  He was inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame in 2008 and is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.

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