Why Writing Works

Disciplinary Approaches to Composing Texts

Reading in Education

By Dr. Rhonda Bonnstetter

Students need to learn to read closely and then to also look for central themes. They should ask questions like, “Why do you think the author took this position?” Students can also read educational research and trade journals to learn how to write in a similar style. You need to be able to compare various forms of information and use multiple resources to support a position.

Resources for reading

Students are encouraged to ask questions of their professors and mentor teachers in field experiences, and to consult a dictionary and/or thesaurus when needed for vocabulary development. Students are exposed to the APA citation section of Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL, found at for assistance in writing research papers.


View a video on reading in the related field of Special Education. 


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