Professor Lee Galda writes about motivating kids to read
What's the best way to motivate children to read? That's the topic of a new CEHD Vision2020 blog post by Lee Galda, Marguerite Henry Professor of Children's Literature in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
"A child connects with a book by being an active reader and engaging with a text," writes Galda. "Active reading involves creating meaning from text and is influenced by a child's knowledge, experience, personality and beliefs."
Galda describes this process as the transactional theory of reading: "When reading is approached from a transactional theory perspective, children are more likely to engage in reading. Many students are turned off by books because they've often been taught that there is one right answer to questions about a book, or they're being asked questions that don't require them to think in-depth."