The Reading Domain
The Reading Domain is a expressed as a matrix. This matrix is based on the interactive model of reading developed by David E. Rumelhart in 1977. The model describes the way linguistic elements are processed and interpreted by the brain.
Readers use both knowledge of word structure and background knowledge to interpret the texts they read. For example, a learner who encounters an unknown word might use letter-sound knowledge to decode the word. A different learner might find it easier to use meaning and vocabulary to decode the same unknown word. Each learner makes connections in different ways.
The interactive model of reading validates and supports both methods of understanding, realizing that individuals process information in very different ways. It has provided the major theoretical orientation to reading since the 1970s.
The cognitive processes in the reading domain are: analyze, interpret and monitor.