Engaging reading

Clair Morrissey, Kelsey Palghat

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This paper describes a novel approach to teaching introductory-level students how to engage with philosophical texts, developed in the context of a philosophy of art course. We aimed to enhance students' motivation to read philosophy well by cultivating habits of active reading. To this end we created a structured set of three assignments: (1) instructor created digitally annotated reading assignments, (2) a student digital annotation assignment, and (3) required student participation in a collective GoogleDoc "repository of artworks, examples, ideas, and questions." Student feedback suggests that this set of teaching tools enhanced their sense of agency in approaching philosophical texts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-55
Number of pages19
JournalTeaching Philosophy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

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