Learning in the Disciplines: Reading is Fundamental
Abstract: Project READI is a multi-institution, multi-disciplinary collaboration based on the premise that there are important literacy practices associated with each and every discipline and that these are largely implicit in current instructional approaches, especially in the education of adolescents. However, to engage in inquiry and build knowledge in a discipline, learners need to use the literacy practices of the discipline. Thus, Project READI researched and developed instructional approaches to support adolescents (Grades 6 12) in developing literacy practices for learning in three content areas literary analysis, history, and the sciences. The Project READI approach focused on learning to engage evidence-based argumentation drawing on content from multiple texts. Texts are broadly defined as including the multiple modalities and genres of information sources typical in these disciplines. Multiple strands of work were involved, including design-based research in collaboration with classroom teachers, short-term quasi-experimental studies of specific variables related to tasks, texts, and scaffolds, and a randomized control test of the efficacy of the approach in science. Highlights of these strands of work will be presented. The final portion of the presentation will focus on the work of various members of the UIC/LSRI Project READI team using a poster symposium format.
Here is a link to the Video and the Powerpoint Presentation: