Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Objectivity in Reading

Objectivity in Reading

A key skill to be developed in college is the ability to read with objectivity, with a critical eye. Facts, interpretation, analysis and commentary are often blended in modern media.
Adler and Van Doren are correct – do not waste time on bad books. Analysis does lead to understanding, but there are some short-cuts when comparing works:
  • Look for relevant words and passages
  • Look for neutral terminology
  • What question is being asked – or answered
  • What are the differences or conflicts between authors’ points of view
Your role as the objective reader is to survey the material, inspect the works, collect terminology, define the issues, (minor or major), analyze the propositions and do not take sides.

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