Title: Experiences of Reading Literature: Resilience and Critical Thinking: The Case of Lithuanian Gymnasistas
Stream: Teaching and Learning
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Gintare Vaitonyte, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
Eugenija Valiene, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
Today, media relentlessly affects all areas of human life and have included almost everyone. Media are diverse and compete with each other for a dominant position. The penetration of new media is huge, so they take control of their users, immerse them in disorienting noisy information, so the ability to resist the usurping effect of new media is a useful but rather difficult to develop characteristic associated with critical thinking. The critical thinking aspect is relevant in media culture in general, but it is also of particular importance to Lithuania due to historical circumstances, geopolitical and socio-cultural situations. One way to develop critical thinking is to promote reading, e.g. printed (fiction) literature: this is how slow reading is learned and deep perception of text is developed. Data from previous studies (PISA, PIAAC) show that Europeans have challenges in reading and understanding text. In Lithuanian schools more attention is paid to fiction in I-IV gymnasium classes. Theories of media, communication, semiotics, cognitive activities help to reach the aim – to reveal how experiences of reading literature affect the resilience of today's Lithuanian gymnasists. Tasks: 1. To describe experience of reading literature, taking into account the communicative (media) situation of Lithuanian gymnasists. 2. To highlight the links between reading literature, resilience and critical thinking in the adolescence. 3. To analyze how experiences of reading literature form the ability to resist noisy information. The result: it will be revealed how experiences of reading literature, affect the resilience of today's Lithuanian gymnasists.
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