Building reading resilience: developing a skills-based approach to literary studies
This project trialled strategies for assisting tertiary students in Literary Studies to develop the skill of "reading resilience": that is, the ability to read and interpret complex and demanding literary texts. The project focussed on the ALTC funding priority area of "Research and development focussing on issues of emerging and continuing importance".
In phase one, the project team implemented a "Reading Journal" that Literature students used to map, reflect upon and improve their reading practices and skills. We will measure the efficacy of the Reading Journal as a tool for encouraging resilient reading practices.
In phase two, the project team will developed and disseminated a Toolkit for promoting reading resilience. The Reading Resilience Toolkit, to be used by colleagues teaching Literature at tertiary level, will model curriculum and offer guidelines and strategies for promoting confidence and flexibility in students' reading practices. The team disseminated the Toolkit and engaged with tertiary teachers through a 'Toolkit Roadshow' of workshops in capital cities and regional centres.