Friday, September 26, 2008

How to read...

Many years a go Mortimer J. Adler wrote "How to Read a Book" with the intention of helping the reader read specific books. His concepts have been used numerous times in different publications. In Infrastructure Testing we read documentation instead of books, but the method introduced by M.J. Adler still applies.

Good reading means reading a document three times. The first time is "structural reading" and is intended to understand the goal and structure of the document. The second time is "understanding; what information/knowledge is transferred. The final time is "critical" to see if the document answers the readers questions.

So to properly read documentation, it should be read three times. Often documentation is delivered in the end and there is not enough time to read everything three times. This is where (again) Deep Knowledge is necessary.

1 comment:

Max Weismann said...

We have recently made an exciting discovery--three years after writing the wonderfully expanded third edition of How to Read a Book, Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren made a series of thirteen 14-minute videos on the art of reading. The videos were produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica. For reasons unknown, sometime after their original publication, these videos were lost.

When we discovered them and how intrinsically edifying they are, we negotiated an agreement with Encyclopaedia Britannica to be the exclusive worldwide agent to make them available.

For those of you who teach, this is great for the classroom.

I cannot over exaggerate how instructive these programs are--we are so sure that you will agree, if you are not completely satisfied, we will refund your donation.

Please go here to see a clip and learn more:

http://www.thegreatideas.org/HowToReadABook.htm