Reluctant readers

Hayes, Tracy ORCID logo ORCID: (2017) Reluctant readers. In: Learning and Teaching Fest 2017: Student Success: Adding Value through ‘Learning Gain’, 20 June 2017, University of Cumbria, Carlisle, UK. (Unpublished)

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This presentation will share my experiences of engaging reluctant readers within an undergraduate degree programme, delivered as part of the University’s widening participation strategy (UoC, 2015a). I am a product of widening participation initiatives and, like Burke (2008), speak from a personal perspective. Through creative, experiential approaches, I place student learning at the heart of practice, celebrate non-traditional voices in academia, and embrace innovative research approaches (UoC, 2015b) to evidence the effectiveness of this. One of the ways I do this is through using stories, to illustrate and explore key themes. As Smith (2012) suggests, ‘… a good way of exploring pedagogy is as the process of accompanying learners; caring for and about them; and bringing learning into life.’ Embracing that philosophy, I will start with a story, move on to explore your experiences, with the aim of collaboratively identifying ways to understand and overcome this reluctance. So, if you’re sitting comfortably, I will begin: “I’ve only ever finished one book in my life. It was the last Harry Potter – and I only read it ‘cos I wanted to know what happened, and I didn’t want to wait for the film to come out…” [to be continued].

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Departments: Academic Departments > Health, Psychology & Social Studies (HPSS) > Children, Youth, Families and Community Work
Depositing User: Tracy Hayes
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2017 10:32
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 17:16


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