UNH Professor's New Book Outlines Why Students Learn More By Reading Slowly

UNH Professor's New Book Outlines Why Students Learn More By Reading Slowly

Dec 05, 2011

Thomas Newkirk, professor of English at UNH, suggests that students get more enjoyment out of and have greater success with reading when they slow down. Newkirk outlines how to boost student enjoyment of reading in his new book “The Art of Slow Reading.”

“This book challenges popular notions of reading—the idea that quick, extractive reading is the goal for students. I argue that traditional acts of ‘slow reading’—memorization, performance, annotation, and elaboration—are essential for deep, pleasurable, thoughtful reading,” Newkirk says.

The book rests on a simple but powerful belief—good readers practice the art of paying attention. Building on memoir, research, and many examples of classroom practice, Newkirk highlights six time-honored practices of reading—performance, memorization, centering, problem-finding, reading like a writer, and elaboration—to help readers engage in thoughtful, attentive reading.

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