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19 Feb 2014

Reconciling College and Career Readiness with Lifelong Reading

Victoria Appatova & Elfrieda H. Hiebert

Book Chapter

Originally published as Appatova, V. & Hiebert, E. H. (2013). Reconciling college and career readiness with lifelong reading. American Reading Forum Annual Yearbook [Online]. Vol. 33.


This article argues that the current emphasis on college and career readiness by high school graduation fails to recognize the dynamic needs of adults in reading development across the lifespan. A model for college reading programs is designed, drawing on evidence that reading development continues beyond college and career readiness levels. It is proposed that the content of such programs should emphasize elements of reading such as metacognition, critical analysis, multimodal reading, creative thinking, and flexibility with electronic forms of reading. Opportunities to develop such capacities would serve both college students and other adult populations in acquiring the literacies required for professional, social, and personal well-being in the 21st century