Reading and the information-to-knowledge learning process
Balzac declared that the world belonged to him because he understood it. Understanding is not possible without knowledge, and knowledge is constructed from information. Some of our information about the world comes to us directly from experience. However, most of our information about the world, especially in the case of school, comes to us indirectly from what we read in the broadest possible sense of the term (or are told), and this is not limited to informational texts. This learning process of constructing knowledge and understanding from information, which is heavily dependent on reading, presents us with an opportunity – in that, if anything, we know something about reading – and a challenge – in that we need to broaden and deepen our understanding of the integral role of reading, and ourselves, in this learning process.
Following a brief introduction by Darryl Toerien, Head of Library at Oakham School and originator of the FOSIL Group, he will be joined by two of his colleagues from the FOSIL Group, Lee FitzGerald and Olga Nesi.