Papers & Workshops



Helping Children to Think about Text: Using Real Books and Real Challenges to Elicit Deeper Exploration and Understanding


Rhonda Bücheler, Ian Knowles, Marion Orme and Harold Shepherd

Massey University College of Education, Palmerston North, New Zealand

This workshop explores a variety of practical, hands-on activities that will encourage children to think and talk critically and constructively about texts. It is directed mainly at teachers at the primary level, though has relevance to teachers of literature at all levels. The focus of the workshop is on encouraging teachers to design a variety of challenging and provocative reading activities that both meet specific learning outcomes and encourage children to take responsibility for their own learning. The activities will concentrate on development of comprehension and strategies that will further children's critical response to text (i.e. critical literacy), and should encourage children to engage with text and extend their understanding through authentic interaction with the text, and with their peers. Participants will engage in, explore, and analyse a variety of activities and will be encouraged to consider the philosophical and ideological implications of these reading activities, and to design further activities that would meet the learning outcomes and fit within the philosophical framework identified in the demonstrated activities.
  Presentation Format: 90 min. workshop

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000

Equipment: Overhead Projector