Harvard Educational Review Spring 2008: Adolescent Literacy (#4)
I found this quote provoking, due to my recent reading and conversation about how there are different types of reading skills in content areas. Though some may be stronger in reading literature, others may be stronger in reading math. Regardless the case, I wonder how disciplines compare in evaluating knowledge, and I wonder if there are pros and cons to aligning evaluations within disciplines. I believe the activities within disciplines should differ, but expectations and language may need to remain consistent. For instance, if I require my learners to identify and utilize textual evidence when proving their responses, and math requires the learners to show their work through a math equation, I suppose both of these activities differ in practice, but have the same expectations.
Texts do indeed serve to advance knowledge, but how you interact with those texts and what you interact with will differ within disciplines.
Shanahan & Shanahan. (2008): Teaching disciplinary literacy to adolescents. Harvard Educational Review, 78 (1), 40-279.