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For example, let's examine the heading structure of this section in a psychology textbook.

WHAT IS PIAGET'S THEORY OF COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT?

Developmental Processes
Schemes
Accommodation
Assimilation
Equilibration

Developmental Stages
Sensorimotor stage
Preoperational stage
Concrete operational stage
Formal operational stage (p. 106).

From Lepoinka, M.E. (2007). Writing and developing your college textbook: A comprehensive guide to textbook authorship and higher education publishing. (2nd ed.). Gloucester, MA: Atlantic Path Publishing.

As you can see, the major concept of this section is Piaget's theory of cognitive development. Within this section, there are two main divisions: developmental processes and developmental stages. Both of those divisions have an additional level where details, explanations, and examples help the reader understand Piaget's theory of cognitive development.

Teaching students to read these patterns will help them to identify the main idea and supporting details of chapters or large sections of their textbooks and therefore increase their reading comprehension.