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Avoin luento Oodissa: Building communities of engaged readers

toukokuu 24. / 17:00 - 18:00

Lämpimästi tervetuloa professori Teresa Creminin luennolle keskustakirjasto Oodiin Maijansaliin perjantaina 24.5. kello 17.00. Suomeen vierailulle saapuva Cremin on eturivin tutkija lukemisharrastuneisuuden ja erityisesti lasten lukemisen tukemisen alalta. Tilaisuus on englanninkielinen ja kaikille avoin. Vierailun kustantaa yhteispohjoismainen NOS-HS-verkosto ”The Place of the Cognitive in Literary Sudy”.

Building communities of engaged readers

International evidence indicates the cognitive, social and emotional benefits of reading for pleasure. Yet in Finland, the UK and elsewhere young people’s interest in reading is declining; unmotivated and disengaged, their attitudes to reading are comparatively low compared to their skills. Responding to this challenge, Professor Cremin will explore ways forward drawing on research evidence which highlights children’s enjoyment in reading is influenced not only by the texts they encounter, but by the reader networks and relationships they are enabled to develop. She will argue that when teachers widen their knowledge and pleasure in reading children’s texts and become more aware of their own and young people’s reading practices, they begin to reconceptualise reading from the inside out, and more effectively build communities of engaged readers. Such communities, characterised by reciprocity and interaction, make evident that reading is both a private pursuit and an embedded social practice.

Teresa Cremin is Professor of Education (Literacy) at The Open University. Her socio-cultural research focuses mainly on volitional reading and writing, teachers’ literate identities and practices, and creative pedagogies. She is a Fellow of the English Association, the Academy of Social Sciences, and the Royal Society of the Arts. Teresa is also a Trustee of the UK Literacy Association (UKLA) and chair of the Advisory Group of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Teacher Development in the Arts Fund. Teresa has written and edited nearly 30 books, including the popular Learning to Teach in the Primary school (with C. Burnett, Ed, 4th edition, Routledge 2018) and she edits the accompanying series focused on Teaching Creatively across the primary curriculum. Her forthcoming text is Experiencing Reading for Pleasure in the Digital Age (with N. Kucirkova, Sage, 2019). Previous examples include Writer Identity and the Teaching and Learning of WritingStorytelling in Early Childhood: Enriching Language, Literacy and Culture, (Routledge, 2017, edited collections); Teaching English Creatively (2015); Researching Literacy Lives (2015); and Building Communities of Engaged Readers (2014). Teresa is passionate about developing readers for life and leads a professional user-community website: Research Rich Pedagogies based on her research into volitional reading. The site supports over 80 OU/UKLA Teachers’ Reading Groups and 23 HEIs partnerships across the country in order to enable the development of children’s (and teachers’) reading for pleasure.

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toukokuu 24.
17:00 - 18:00


Oodi, Maijansali
Töölönlahdenkatu 4
Helsinki, 00100 Suomi
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