I am not a professional educator. But in my work in business communications consulting I am deeply interested in text comprehension, with a foundation of cognitive psychology. I recently read The Skills of Document Use by Jean-Francois Rouet (2006). He spends a lot of time explaining "text organizers" as comprehension aids in expository text. One such text organizer is the use of topic titles. He classifies tables of contents and indexes as "higher order text organizers," and documents their value in helping the reader build an appropriate mental model (macrostructure, as explained by Kintsch and van Dijk). Here's where I get stuck. Rouet claims that readers must be taught to use tables of contents and indexes effectively. I've searched, but I cannot locate any textbooks or other material that could be used as the foundation of a lesson on using tables of contents and indexes. It's been fifty years or so since my primary education, so I don't remember being specifically taught these skills. In my search for resources covering the usage of tables and contents and indexes, as close as I've come is textbooks on "content area reading." While these books seem to cover the basics of text organizers (titles, paragraph organization, etc.) they only mention tables of contents and indexes in passing. Can anyone suggest how the use of tables of contents and indexes is "taught," and give me a pointer or two to resources (textbooks, etc.) that I might use in the teaching of this skill?