Preparing Adolescents to Read-To-Learn in the 21st Century GCP-07-03

Louis M. Gomez and Kimberley Gomez 
Louis M. Gomez Professor of School Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University.
Kimberley Gomez is Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago

This paper explores ways to remedy adolescents’ failure to acquire reading-to-learn skills and explains the importance of being able to understand texts from diverse disciplines in order to be successful in the professional workplace and enhance overall life chances.  The authors suggest that inquiry-centered learning environments in schools might better prepare students for the educational demands of careers in the 21 century labor market.  They also offer suggestions about how these learning environments might better be coupled with the support of reading and literacy.

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