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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Reading for Learning

Chapter 2, Reading for Learning speaks for the need to help students learn solid reading skills in order to build disciplinary literacy. In entering public health education, most students struggle with reading scientific articles. For many, it's the first time they will encounter these types of articles-- and all of it is new to them-- the format, the language, the tone, the tables and figures. Most faculty in public health don't take the time to instruct students on reading skills but I plan to do this when I return to my job. Good reading skills help students with writing skills, and working on reading allows students to spend time thinking about different rhetorical "moves" in scientific writing and what they are accomplishing. As the chapter points out, reading skills from other types of documents don't apply to scientific writing-- the students need to immerse themselves in these disciplinary genres to gain access to this type of material.

1 comment:

  1. Great points, Ella. I especially appreciate that you acknowledge both the high school teachers and college professors who do not prepare students to really think critically about and understand these types of articles. So often, I feel like the blame is placed on K12 education for not preparing students - which is definitely still a problem, but I can think of very few professors in my higher education experiences who have actually spent time talking to us about how to read, analyze, critique, and think through the readings they gave us. It's exciting to hear that you'll be doing that. :) I, personally, also need think more about how to get my 8th and 9th graders to identify and then work towards using those rhetorical moves that they notice in different forms of writing and production that we use in class. Hopefully that's something we can talk more about in July.