Reading is Research Workshop

Are you committed to teaching critical reading and thinking skills? Are you looking for ways to help your students be successful independent researchers? Do you want to make your efforts more meaningful? 

Join this workshop on teaching for critical consciousness and find out how we’ve inspired faculty across the university and be inspired yourself! 

Reading is Research: The Process of Pedagogical Inclusion
Tuesday, April 18 - 2:00-3:30 pm
Atkins 125

The Reading is Research project, now in its fifth year, is a library-faculty collaboration. We have been learning through practice, expanding to new classes, and improving our approach to pedagogical inclusion. 

This year we will discuss specific ways to scaffold skills in student-centered classrooms from the introductory level to the senior capstone course. We hope you will join the conversation and share your experiences and ideas with us.

  • Stephanie Otis and Joyce Dalsheim: What is Reading is Research?
  • Gregg Starrett, Anthropology: Reflections on First Experiences  
  • Joyce Dalsheim, Global Studies: Slowing it Down: Why Less is More
  • Marc Bess: Cultivating Critical Thinking Through Library Instruction 

Presenters will share specific strategies and assignments for honing students’ skills in critical reading and synthesizing material—the basic building blocks of good research. We will discuss ways of implementing these strategies at all levels from first semester freshman year to senior capstone courses, providing a model for distributing and building skills as students work toward their degrees.  

Participants will leave with ideas for incorporating strategies, specific resources for dealing with the challenges we all face, and on-going support through partnership with colleagues and librarians.