Recursion involves repeatedly applying a procedure to a set of data, ideas, or a text with each repetition building on the results of the previous one. For example, reading is a set of procedures or strategies to be applied to a text.


Recursive reading would be repeating the reading strategy on the same text two or more times with the intention of gaining a deeper understanding with each repetition. Writing and research strategies are also often recursive in their application.


Academic Reading

Reading in an academic context is different from everyday reading. Academic reading requires a more active, probing and recursive strategy than does recreational reading. It is an essential skill for completing a written assignment.


Reading strategically is integral to the process of understanding your topic, finding research materials, and developing your ideas.


Academic reading involves layers of:


asking questions

reflecting on relationships among parts of the text

interpreting meaning

making connections with other readings

refining your topic and purpose