Reading at University

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-09-01
  • Publisher: Open University Press
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Reading as a student demands new skills and new disciplines. Students must read. They must read to inform themselves about the subjects they are studying and to allow them to write assignments, reports and dissertations. Though most students can read fairly well, few can make as much or as efficient use as possible of the time they devote to reading for academic purposes. Many guides to study offer a pot pourri of techniques for improving reading skills. None gives as full a treatment of this essential and underpinning area of academic life as Reading at University. The authors believe that students must change both the ways in which they read and the ways in which they think about reading. This book offers effective and efficient strategies for fulfilling students' reading and study potential.

Author Biography

Gavin J. Fairbairn is currently Professor of Professional Development in Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Glamorgan, following many years in teacher education as a Senior Lecturer, then Reader in Education. He has published widely on education and applied ethics and his other books include, with Chris Winch, Reading, Writing and Reasoning.

Susan Fairbairn worked for many years as a research psychologist in medical and nursing education, and as a course tutor in social psychology with the Open University. Currently she works with the Ethnic Minority Achievement Service, teaching literacy skills in Manchester schools. Her books with Gavin Fairbairn include Integrating Special Children: some ethical issues.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgements xi
An introductory note 1(14)
Thinking about reading and about yourself as a reader
Reading as a student
Developing your skills as a reader
Active reading: developing a relationship with texts and their authors
Deciding what to read
Reading and note taking
Reading and writing
Where to read and when?
Share your reading with friends
Reading your own work
Postscript 189(5)
Examples and possible responses to tasks 194(8)
References 202(2)
Index 204

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