Maximising meaning: creating a learning environment for reading comprehension of informative texts from a Vygotskian perspective

Yvonne van Rijk, Monique Volman, Dorian de Haan, Bert van Oers

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Abstract

Sociocultural theories based on the work of Vygotsky have been increasingly influential in educational sciences. Developmental education (DE) is a pedagogical approach based on Vygotskian theory that has inspired primary schools in the Netherlands to change the learning environment innovatively in a comprehensive way. In this article, we focus on the learning environment for reading comprehension of informative texts in upper-primary grade classrooms in DE. Our aim is to contribute to a more profound understanding of the characteristics of learning environments that are inspired by a Vygotskian approach and that are conducive to reading comprehension of informative texts. Five fourth-grade expert DE teachers participated in a multiple case study aimed at describing and analysing these characteristics for the domain of reading informative texts. Data were collected over a period of six to eight weeks for each teacher and consisted of videotaped interviews, classroom observations and documents. We conclude that DE learning environments are focused on maximising meaning from text for students. This is achieved by organising learning on the basis of emergent goals within students’ participation in sociocultural practices.

LanguageEnglish
Pages77-98
Number of pages22
JournalLearning Environments Research
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017

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Keywords

  • Informative texts
  • Meaningful learning context
  • Primary education
  • Reading comprehension
  • Reading for meaning
  • Reading motivation
  • Reading strategies
  • Vygotskian theory

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Maximising meaning : creating a learning environment for reading comprehension of informative texts from a Vygotskian perspective. / van Rijk, Yvonne; Volman, Monique; de Haan, Dorian; van Oers, Bert.

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