Critical Reading Critical Thinking

Some of the various purposes for reading include: How you read should be determined in part by what you read.

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The key is this: don’t read looking only or primarily for information. Example: A non-critical thinker/reader might read a history book to learn the facts of the situation or to discover an accepted interpretation of those events. Accurately translating words into intended meanings is an analytic, evaluative, and creative set of acts.Unfortunately, few people are skilled at translation.We may simply enjoy the ideas that the text stimulates in us.This is fine as long as we know that we do not deeply understand the text.Skilled readers do not read blindly, but purposely. Their purpose, together with the nature of what they are reading, determines how they read.They read in different ways in different situations for different purposes.Furthermore, reflective readers read a textbook in biology differently from the way they read a textbook in history.Having recognized this variability, we should also recognize that there are core reading tools and skills for reading any substantive text, some of which will be the focus of this and our next few our columns. Think about what adjustments you would make in your reading given the differing purposes of these writers: To read productively, your purpose in reading must take into account the author’s purpose in writing. Wiley Online Library requires cookies for authentication and use of other site features; therefore, cookies must be enabled to browse the site.Detailed information on how Wiley uses cookies can be found in our Privacy Policy.

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