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Students and reading

Posted by Ryan on February 23, 2011 in Students |

A few interesting articles I’ve run across the last week or so.

The first article points out that letting students read what they want to read makes them better readers. So, instead of forcing them to read books that may not be interesting, it’s much better to have them pick out interesting content and let them read what they would prefer to read. They’ll be more interested, they’ll read more of it, and they’ll pay better attention and grasp the content better.

The second article points out that college students who don’t read don’t learn as much. It is probably especially true in the humanities, but it could also be said for every college major. Students who don’t read don’t learn as much in their selected subjects. Reading is an input-based activity. Good input breeds knowledge and good output. We need to get students reading more if we want them to be successful.

Here is Steve Kaufman weighing in on the topic.

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