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Communication Toolbox: Reading

Reading tool

Reading is the process of simultaneously extracting and constructing meaning through interaction and involvement with written language.”  (Kirby, 2003) It is more than simply extracting words from a page—it is the reconstruction of meaning from written language.

As you advance in your professional life, you will increasingly be expected to read and evaluate volumes of material.   Whether you are approving a new training manual or reviewing various vendor proposals, your ability to rapidly read and extract the salient information will serve you well in your career.

In this section you will find tools and techniques for active reading and ways to improve comprehension in different types of written communication: formal, informal, and scientific.

Source: Kirby, S.N. (2003). Developing an R&D Program to Improve Reading Comprehension. Retrieved from: