There are two types of interest-driven reading with different purposes. Voluminous reading, through reading a large number of books, is for building massive background knowledge. Theme-based reading, on the other hand, through reading a number of articles from different perspectives or disciplines, is for acquiring knowledge of a particular theme. In the former, students’ interest is self-initiated while that, in the later, students’ interest is usually triggered by the teacher. Nevertheless, theme-based reading requires voluminous reading as the foundation because a student needs a vast amount of background knowledge and a pervasive interest to boost the effect of theme-based learning. Through questioning by the teacher, students’ curiosity is triggered to strive for searching and learning about knowledge about the theme with content came from multi-disciplines. This is different from what a traditional class can provide for motivating student’s interest in learning. Furthermore, students need to collaborate: read together, discuss together, and think together. Teachers with different expertise also have to get together to prepare for their lessons and guide their students to learn. Based on the aforementioned rationales, we propose an interest-driven theme-based enquiry reading model by incorporating K-W-L model and questioning strategy, students then being enabled to read and acquire knowledge from several articles of different disciplines but related to the same theme. Because this project needs high quality articles, we need to train teachers to develop sample theme-based articles and lessons as well as learning and questioning sheets. Finally, we will establish a platform for sharing these theme-based articles and disseminate them so that more teachers can use.
|Effective start/end date||1/08/16 → 31/07/17|
UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):
- interest-oriented reading
- theme-based reading
- voluminous reading
- reading comprehension strategy
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