Canceled: Anne Britt- “Oh, is THAT what you want?”: How students read for class and understand instructions"- Spring 2020 Presidential Teaching Professor Seminar

We hope you can join us as CISLL's Dr. Anne Britt, Distinguished Teaching Professor, presents at the Spring 2020 Presidential Teaching Professor Seminar :

"Oh, is THAT what you want?”: How students read for class and understand instructions"

As teachers, most of us assume that the readings we give students for classes are clear and help them to develop the thinking and reading skills expected within our discipline. Research, however, conducted in both the laboratory and classroom, shows that this is not always the case. Dr. Britt has found that students need more direction about instructors' specific, underlying goals, which are rarely conveyed directly to students.

In this seminar, Dr. Britt will share a model of purposeful reading that she developed with her colleagues. This model proposes that the way students (or anyone) understand reading tasks is based on prior task experiences and cues in the environment, and that this understanding governs how students read and what information they learn. She will present some evidence that helping students better understand the instructor's goals for a reading assignment can improve their learning and will also describe how she has used this model to help her own students learn more autonomously.

Anne Britt
Anne Britt

Anne Britt is a cognitive psychologist who studies the comprehension and production of written arguments and explanations. She earned a Ph.D. from the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Her work has been published in top-tier journals such as Cognition, Educational Psychologist, Journal of Memory and Language, Cognition and Instruction, and Learning & Instruction. Dr. Britt has received numerous research grants and awards, including the Presidential Research Professorship from NIU in 2015. She is also the director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study Language and Literacy (CISLL) at NIU. Most recently she has published a book presenting a framework and model for understanding reading as a purposeful activity (RESOLV, Reading as Problem Solving).

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Capitol Room, Holmes Student Center

11:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m., Refreshments
12:00 p.m.—1:00 p.m., Presentation and Q&A

No registration is required—Everyone is welcome!



Office of the Provost
Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Thursday, March 26 at 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room
600 Lucinda Ave, DeKalb, IL 60115

Event Type

Lectures, Presentations and Workshops


Research, Academics

Target Audience

Students, Faculty and Staff



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