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Selected Research Studies

Alexander, P.A. & Fox, E. (2004). A historical perspective on reading research and practice. In R.B. Ruddell, & N.J. Unrau (Eds.), Theoretical models and processes of reading (5th ed, pp.33-68). Neward, DE: International Reading Association. [Available at York University Libraries]

Shanahan, C., Shanahan, T., & Misischia, C. (2011). Analysis of expert readers in three disciplines: History, mathematics, and chemistry. Journal of Literacy Research, 43(4), 393-429. [Full text at York U]

Vacca, R.T., Vacca, J.A., & Mraz, M. (2010). Content area reading: Literacy and learning across the curriculum (10th ed.) Boston: Pearson. [Available at York University Libraries]

Selected Publications: Teaching Reading Skills in a Higher Education Context

Cooper, J., Evans, R. & Robertson, E. (1985). Teaching college students to read analytically. Urbana, Ill: National Council of Teachers of English. [Available at York U]

Flippo, R.F., & Caverly, D.C. (Eds.). (1991) Teaching reading & study strategies at the college level. Newark, Del: International Reading Association. [Available at York U]

Romsted, K. & McGory, J.T. (1988). Reading strategies for university students. New York: Collier Macmillan. [Available at York U]


More Resources

Subject librarians are available to advise course instructors on effective pedagogical approaches for developing students’ critical thinking about information and the information-seeking process, including the ability to find, retrieve, evaluate, analyze, use and cite information. They are also available to provide tailored course-specific information literacy sessions on request.

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Writing Department: York instructors can direct students to the Writing Centre (a division within the Writing Department) for help with academic writing. Assistance is available through appointments with writing tutors,  small-group workshops, or online writing help (e-Tutor). In addition to offering credit courses, the Writing Department can be contacted by York instructors wishing to organize a tailored course-related writing-focussed session.

Learning Skills Services staff is available to consult with faculty, T.A.'s, staff or student groups about Learning Skills. On a limited first-come, first-served basis,  a Learning Skills Specialist can visit individual classes or other campus events to provide sessions on academic skills. For more information, contact them at 416-736-5297.


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