Collaborative Spaces and Education
Early Modern Studies, Pedagogical Theory and Computer-Instruction

When reading, students tend to examine texts from a distance...they often see texts as objective materials having no relationship to themselves. Their reading and understanding of the text are directly informed by the distance they maintain.

To have a student do a close reading of a text, if you have the problems I have encountered, requires a level of connection it seems they are reluctant to have. They are disinclined to engage a text at the level necessary to gain cultural and social immersion that would make texts relevant to themselves.

Why students are hesitant to examine texts at that level is still beyond me..suffice to say, the comfort distance that students want to maintain from the words on a page complicates, as an instructor, my requirements of critical analysis in literary studies. As a result, I have had to find some method to transform the students' relationships with these texts.

Opening Teaching Theory The Web MU*S Conversation

Daniel Anderson
Joi Lynne Chevalier