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Public lecture: Building communities of engaged readers

Fri  – 18:00

Helsinki Central Library Oodi, Töölönlahdenkatu 4, Helsinki , 1. floor Maijansali

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.


Lecture is open to Public. Welcome!

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