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Category: Level 4  

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This is a category in the "Question/Comment Level ("Blank's Level of Discourse")" category list.


"Reasoning about perception"

Examples of contexts and questions From Blank, Rose, and Berlin (1978):
  • A. Predicting: Changes in position (Where will...?)
  • B. Predicting: Changes in structure (What will happen if...?)
  • C. Justifying a prediction (Why will...?)
  • D. Justifying a decision: Essential characteristics (Why wouldn’t it?)
  • E. Justifying a decision: Non-essential characteristics (Why would it?)
  • F. Identifying the causes of an event (What made it happen?)
  • G. Formulating a solution (What could you do?)
  • H. Formulating a solution from another’s perspective (What could he [or she] do?)
  • I. Selecting the means to a goal (What could we use?)
  • J. Explaining the means to a goal (Why should we use that?)
  • K. Explaining the construction of objects (Why is... made of that?)
  • L. Explaining an inference drawn from an observation (How can we tell?)
  • M. Explaining the logic of compound words (Why is this called...?)
  • N. Explaining the obstacles to an action (Why can’t we...?)


Blank M., Rose S., and Berlin L. (1978) "The Language of Learning: The Preschool Years". Grune and Stratton, New York.

Blank's Levels of Discourse and the associated descriptions quoted from Blank, Rose and Berlin (1978) are used on Commtap by kind permission of Dr. Marion Blank. Marion Blank's software programmes Reading Kingdom and ASD Reading use the ideas developed in this discourse model.

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