Mag. Jörg Ehtreiber
The exhibition Leselust invited visitors to wander along diverse carpeted landscapes with integrated stage sets while reading or listening to passages of text. The communication tool employed here is known as a “reading pen”, including headphones.
Visitors were presented with a total of 6 “reading landscapes”. Each reading landscape was devoted to a specific theme: Animal, Funny, Factual, Fantastic, Loving, Scary
- Each landscape was composed of the following elements:
Specially designed carpet.
- Diverse stage scenery / objects designed to suit the ambience, which capture and further develop the contents of the text, and
- Several reading columns with texts in four variants:
o Literature for children learning to read
o Children’s literature (including literature for reading out aloud)
o Adolescent literature
o Adult literature
Visitors now wandered over this carpet and through the reading landscape at the same time. They read the text books that suited their chosen age. The theme exhibits had a built-in option that allowed the reading pen to read individual passages out loud. So not only children but also young people and adults were encouraged to read, because there is no sense in a mere succession of texts read out aloud by the reading pen. In order to follow the story line, the printed texts had to be read out loud. The fact that short passages of text were read aloud with multimedia support brought an element of variety and promoted the pleasure of reading.
One aspect within literacy to which particular attention should be paid in relation to child development is reading that captures the meaning of what is being read. Often, reading a text is not synonymous with capturing the meaning of that text. The use of the reading pen allowed primary school children to find out whether they had also understood what they had read. Using the reading pen also allowed questions to be answered in conclusion.