M level PGCE: Tips on how to encourage students to read
- In the early stages of the course, select articles for your students to read. Take great care to consider the level of accessibility and immediate relevance to the students. Explain to the students that they should continue to read even if they find comprehension difficult.
- Give questions to answer on the text in individual study time, directing the students to the place to find the answers by using page numbers and line references.
- Individuals discuss their answers/difficulties they experienced/lack of comprehension in small groups in class.
- Full class discussion to finalise answers to the questions – BUT it is imperative that the students realise there may well be no definitive ‘right’ answers.
- Discuss which answers are not acceptable and why – irrational, illogical, not well thought out, no thought of the consequences of the answer.
- Discuss which answers are acceptable and why – logical, well thought out, show reflective thought.
- Discuss why it is possible to have two opposing acceptable answers to the same question – different viewpoints.
- Discuss the benefits of point 7 – keeping the debate alive, allowing diversity of thought, not pinning things down to the ultimate answer.
- sk students to find their own article – give some hints on where to look, Google search etc. – and to write their own critical thoughts on the article as an assignment or to share with the group. Why did they choose the article? What help was it? If it was not helpful, why not? Would they recommend it to others? Why/why not?