Research Roundup

  • Research-Based Resources on Teaching Writing

    by Timothy Shanahan
    University of Illinois at Chicago
    April 2, 2014

    Timothy Shanahan recently wrote a blog entry titled “Ten Things Good Writers Do” for a group of Chicago high school students, at their request.

  • Multilingual Children: Beyond Myths and Toward Best Practices

    Mariela Paez by Mariela Páez
    Boston College
    March 26, 2014

    The Society for Research in Child Development Policy Report “Multilingual Children: Beyond Myths and Toward Best Practices” addresses important questions about multilingual learners in the United States.

  • Metalinguistic Understanding and Literacy Development

    Beverly Derewianka by Beverly Derewianka
    University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
    September 12, 2013

    A generation ago Bernstein (1971) suggested that much educational failure is primarily linguistic failure. Do the educational challenges facing our students result largely from lack of control over the language of schooling? If we agree that access to curriculum-specific language resources is critical to academic achievement, then what are the implications for curriculum and pedagogy?
  • Literacy and Technology

    Jen Scott Curwood by Jen Scott Curwood
    The University of Sydney
    June 20, 2013

    In and out of school, young adults use digital tools and online spaces to create, collaborate, and communicate through multiple modes and mediums. But how do teachers view digital literacies and how do they integrate technology in meaningful and transformative ways in schools? Two recent studies address this question.
  • A Teacher's Perspective on This Year's IRA Outstanding Dissertation Finalists

    Amy Correa Nell Duke by Amy Correa, Chicago Public Schools
    with Nell Duke, University of Michigan
    June 7, 2013

    As a classroom teacher (or geek) who finds learning about reading research not only interesting but also imperative in making me a better teacher, I really enjoyed the IRA Outstanding Dissertation Research Poster Sessions. Each year IRA selects ten finalists and one winner of this prestigious award. These finalists are among the next generation of researchers who will influence our profession, and many of their studies have direct implications for classroom practice.
  • Practice Guides Review Research and Offer Recommendations on Topics in Literacy

    Nell Duke by Nell Duke
    University of Michigan
    April 15, 2013

    The What Works Clearinghouse is a federal initiative founded in 2002 “to be a central and trusted source of scientific evidence for what works in education.” The WWC engages in many activities related to the review and dissemination of literacy research. WWC Practice Guides are developed by panels of researchers and practitioners who, with WWC staff, review research and then offer recommendations in a particular area.
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