Critical Reading in Higher Education (Paperback)

Academic Goals and Social Engagement (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning)

By Karen Manarin, Miriam Carey, Melanie Rathburn

Indiana University Press, 9780253018922, 184pp.

Publication Date: December 15, 2015



Faculty often worry that students can't or won't read critically, a foundational skill for success in academic and professional endeavors. "Critical reading" refers both to reading for academic purposes and reading for social engagement. This volume is based on collaborative, multidisciplinary research into how students read in first-year courses in subjects ranging from scientific literacy through composition. The authors discovered the good (students can read), the bad (students are not reading for social engagement), and the ugly (class assignments may be setting students up for failure) and they offer strategies that can better engage students and provide more meaningful reading experiences.

About the Author

Karen Manarin is Associate Professor of English at Mount Royal University.Miriam Carey is Associate Professor of Policy Studies and in the Academic Development Centre at Mount Royal University.Melanie Rathburn is Associate Professor of Biology and General Education at Mount Royal University.Glen Ryland is Assistant Professor in the Department of General Education, Faculty of Teaching and Learning at Mount Royal University.