Call for Proposals
Guest editor: Alice Horning, Oakland University
When faculty members are asked what they consider the single greatest problem they face in their classrooms on a daily basis, they almost always include reading as a key issue. Faculty comments reflect what could be described as the "don't, won't, can't" problem. That is, students don't read in the ways that faculty expect, and they won't unless faculty find ways to force or coerce reading compliance. Underlying these two significant aspects of the problem is a third, much bigger problem, which is that many students are not able read in the ways faculty would like. Qualitative and quantitative studies such as Jolliffe and Harl's analysis of students' reading journals at the University of Arkansas and ACT's 2006 study, relating ACT reading performance to success in college among 563,000 students, support the idea that students lack the reading skills needed to do college work successfully. This situation is becoming increasingly serious in the face of ever larger amounts of material available in print and online that faculty expect students to read, comprehend, and critically assess. Understanding and addressing the "don't, won't, can't" problem is everyone's job, in every course, in every discipline. In this special issue of Across the Disciplines, we invite proposals for articles that explore this issue across disciplines, along the following (and other possible) lines:
These questions are meant to provide a general direction for articles. Proposals for related topics and issues are most welcome.
Deadline for Proposals: June 1, 2012
Notification of Acceptance: July 2012
Manuscripts Due: December 15, 2012
Publication: Fall 2013
Proposal Format: Please submit a one-page proposal explaining your topic, the research and theoretical base on which you will draw, and your plans for the structure of your article, following the general guidelines for ATD at https://wac.colostate.edu/atd/submissions.cfm. Send your proposal to Alice Horning, guest editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and also to ATD editor Michael Pemberton at email@example.com. Provide full contact information with your submission.