Using Metacognition and Schema Theory to Teach Reading Skills

Purdue Global Writing Center and Academic Success Center

Amy Sexton, Kaplan University Writing Center Tutor

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As educators, we realize the many positive outcomes for students who read recreationally (see The Reading and Writing Connection and The Forget Kale or Chipotle Peppers-the Best Way to Learn English Quickly is Reading Method), but what happens when students cannot read well at a college level?  ACT’s most recent annual report, The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2013, found that 44% of students tested were prepared to meet the demands of college reading.   This number may mean that over half of students, or 56%, enrolled in our classes are not able to effectively read and understand their college texts, assignment directions, and academic research materials.  Understanding complex research methodologies and study designs, compiling literature reviews, and processing scholarly research articles are tasks that they may find too challenging.  Low reading levels negatively impacts their writing…

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