ERIC Number: ED185574
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Reading Strategies for College Students.
Kaufman, Betsy B.
College students need experiences in reading and reacting to good writing if they are to learn to read effectively. Observing and reacting is an important skill that encompasses many of the skills effective readers employ such as paraphrasing, understanding the structure of a piece of literature, noting the use of generalizations and specifics, and examining language and how language is used to create a tone and convey images, humor, and a sense of the speaker. A useful class technique is to ask each student to write observations of what he or she remembers from a particular piece of writing. After writing and then reading each observation, each student writes an observation about what the others have written. This exercise increases the student's skills in listening and broadens the scope of the student's next observation. One of the problems in college reading instruction is the way in which college reading instructors are prepared. Too few have had courses emphasizing the reading processes of the mature reader. Too many college reading instructors rely on workbooks with multiple choice answers as a method for teaching reading--a method that requires the readers to worry about the workbook author's answer, rather than developing an image of themselves as readers, reactors, and opinion formers. (MKM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (31st, Washington, DC, March 13-15, 1980).