Critical Reading in Higher Education

Academic Goals and Social Engagement

by Karen Manarin, Miriam Carey, Melanie Rathburn and Glen Ryland

Foreword by Pat Hutchings

Published by: Indiana University Press

178 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 9 b&w illus.

  • Paperback
  • 9780253018922
  • Published: December 2015


  • Hardcover
  • 9780253018830
  • Published: December 2015


  • eBook
  • 9780253018984
  • Published: December 2015


Faculty often worry that students can't or won't read critically, a foundational skill for success in academic and professional endeavors. "Critical reading" refers both to reading for academic purposes and reading for social engagement. This volume is based on collaborative, multidisciplinary research into how students read in first-year courses in subjects ranging from scientific literacy through composition. The authors discovered the good (students can read), the bad (students are not reading for social engagement), and the ugly (class assignments may be setting students up for failure) and they offer strategies that can better engage students and provide more meaningful reading experiences.