How professors can help students develop critical reading skills: Opinion


In an article for Inside Higher Ed, Alice S Horning writes that postsecondary institutions and instructors urgently need to help students develop their reading skills. Horning writes that a pre-pandemic study examining nearly 2,000 student citations showed that students were usually only using quotations from the first page or two of their sources, and that only around 6% of the citations summarized the source. The author recommends that faculty in all disciplines teach students reading skills through activities such as having peer groups write 25-word summaries of reading sections, having students synthesize opposing views, and discussing a variety of reading approaches with students. Inside Higher Ed (Acct. Req.) Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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