"Mental Modelling in Guided Reading & Paired Reading -- A Comparative Study"

Parveen, J. Jaya; Rajesh, V.
March 2013
Language in India;Mar2013, Vol. 13 Issue 3, p75
Academic Journal
In schools and colleges, reading comprehension is taught and tested. However, students lack reading fluency because they never practise reading at school or home. They are haunted by the media, and don't have interest in reading. Due to internal and external factors, they are deficient in reading readiness, reading attitude, reading comprehension, etc. They don't know the reading strategies or techniques for effective reading. They just memorise the answer choices and write the answers in the exams. They don't realise the importance of reading until they have to read and understand a lot of information in higher education and work environments. Mental models are symbolic representations of how the mind holds abstract information. They can be in the form of pictures, gestures, analogies, concept maps, story webs, etc. Mental modelling can be used to enhance the reading process. Teachers can use guided reading or paired reading in the classrooms to develop mental modelling which in turn will boost up the reading readiness, reading attitude, reading comprehension, and reading fluency of the students. An experimental study was conducted in VV College of Engineering to check whether guided reading and paired reading help the students in developing mental modelling which enhances their reading skills.


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