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Article on students’ lack of reading: The whys and what to dos

Graduate Student writes on paper

Most of us have been there, we come to class, ready to start with a great activity that builds on the at-home reading, and only a few students have read the text. John Warner wrote an article in 2016 on this exact topic, “When Students Won’t Do the Reading” and now, seven years later, expands on his thoughts and recommendations about how to think about this common issue from a learning-focused perspective and ways to address it in this recent Insight Higher Ed publication. Three themes stand out from the article among others:

  • Assigning purposeful readings
  • Teaching productive reading for learning
  • Making effective pedagogical reading choices 

Learn more about these three and other strategies, and maybe crack the code for more prepared and engaged students in your class. Let us know what you think!