chapter  15
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Creative Reading and Writing

ByMildred C. Robeck, Randall R. Wallace

All reading embodies an element of creativity. Readers bring part of themselves and their background to the interpretation of what the author has written. Creative readers are self-directed; they engage themselves in cognitive and affective responses that go beyond comprehension of the author's message to satisfy purposes of their own. Positive research findings were cited by Belanger in the persistence of statistically significant correlations between reading and writing across a broad range of subjects, measures, and experimental settings. The method of historical research requires evaluative reading of material that throws light on a particular era or problem. The essence of philosophical structure is logical organization and integration. An example is the controversy between Leibnitz and Voltaire about this being the best of all possible worlds. Strategies for interpreting the social sciences often revolve around the political decisions. Semantic-logical thinking is an inherent contribution of the reader in all complex discourse of literature and the social sciences.