Open Journal Systems
Readers Matter: Reading Practices and the Future of Solution-Focused Thought and Practice
This paper examines three orientations to reading texts about solution-focused thought and practice: the rumor, paradigm, and instrumental orientations. I analyze these orientations as interpretive communities that shape readers’ interpretations of texts. Readers participate in constructing the future of the solution-focused world by choosing to tell others about the texts they like and dislike and by using ideas found in some texts in their professional practices. I also address questions about whether there is a best reading orientation for solution-focused readers, why solution-focused thinkers and practitioners should pay attention to how they interpret texts, and how readers influence authors and editors. Finally, I discuss how readers (as workers) might enhance their professional skills by reflecting on how they read journal articles and other texts.
interpretive communities, rumor reading, paradigm reading, instrumental reading, constructing the future, reading as work, solution-focused
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