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Cognitive Development of the Adult Reader: Theory and Practice

A CTL Professional Development Event

The act of reading is a complex cognitive and neurological task.  As a species, we’ve only been doing it regularly for a few hundred years, yet it is a primary source of acquiring knowledge.  Over the next several months, SAGE Reading faculty are offering a 4-course series designed to penetrate the extensive theory and best practices for teaching adults to become successful readers of a wide range of texts.  Although the courses have been developed primarily for SAGE Reading and English faculty who will be teaching the new SAGE Integrated Reading and Writing courses, any instructor who requires students to read texts, articles, or essays can benefit from the courses.  Each course will involve some pre-reading, a 4-hour workshop, and the opportunity for online follow-up discussions.

Course Descriptions

Course #1, Foundations of Adult Developmental Reading 

Provides the theoretical framework and background of the reading discipline, including an historical perspective, student/adult development, reading and learning theory, academic literacy, curriculum design, and contemporary issues.  

Date: November 13, 2015
Time: 8:30am-12:30pm
Location: MS-306
Instructor: Jennifer Adams 

Registration for Course #1: This event has already occurred.

Course #2, Theory into Practice: College Reading 

Focuses on methodology for teaching reading specific to college textbooks, with an emphasis on metacognition and active reading and learning strategies.

Date: January 29, 2016
Time: 8:30am-12:30
Location: MS-301
Instructor: Erica Reed 

Registration for Course #2: This event has already occurred.

Course #3, Critical Reading and Thinking

Covers instructional strategies for reading argument, an overview of media literacy concepts, and advanced comprehension techniques.

Date: February 26, 2016
Time: 8:30am-12:30
Location: MS-301
Instructor: Andrew Tibble 

Registration for Course #3: This event has already occurred.

Course #4, Reading Assessment and Evaluation

Focuses on literacy assessment, formative and summative.  It addresses how to best assess, analyze, and support struggling adult readers, including specific strategies about how comprehensive assessment can guide and inform instruction.

Date: March 11, 2016
Time: 8:30am-12:30pm
Location: MS-304
Instructor: Erica Reed

Registration for Course #4: Register here.