Goatley and Johnston Named to International Reading Association Literacy Research Panel

Albany, NY (March 6, 2012) - The International Reading Association recently formed an expert research panel which includes two members of UAlbany’s School of Education—Dr. Virginia Goatley, associate professor in the Reading Department and research director at the International Reading Association, and Dr. Peter Johnston, professor and chair of the Reading Department. The Literacy Research Panel will explore the major issues in the field and provide leadership to advance the quality of literacy instruction across the nation.

Four critical issues the group will examine are the socioeconomic achievement gap, motivation and engagement, standards and assessments, and teacher education.  The panel aims to shape change by working with state and national policy groups as well as to introduce productive initiatives to shift policy and practices in districts and schools.


Dr. Goatley is currently Director of Research for the International Reading Association, and associate professor in the School of Education.  Dr. Goatley’s research interests include classroom integrations of literature, discussion and literacy.  Recently, she collaborated with colleagues Donna Scanlon, Kim Anderson, and Lynn Gelzheiser on research grants regarding the literacy course content for undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs.  Dr. Goatley served as Vice Dean and Associate Dean for Professional Studies in the School, leading the effort toward successful accreditation of the UAlbany Teacher Education Program via the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). She is a regular participant in national and state-wide efforts for teacher education. Her publications from these projects have appeared in several journals including, Reading Research Quarterly, Reading and Writing Quarterly, Language Arts, Language and Literacy Spectrum, Reading Research and Instruction, and Journal of Educational Research.


Dr. Johnston, professor and chair in the Reading Department, has published eight books and numerous articles in the most highly regarded journals in literacy and educational research. His most recent books are Opening minds: Using language to change lives (2012, Stenhouse), Critical literacy/critical teaching: Tools for preparing responsive teachers (2006, Teachers College Press, with Cheryl Dozier & Rebecca Rogers), and Choice words: How our language affects children’s learning (2004, Stenhouse). He chaired the International Reading Association and National Council of Teachers of English Joint Task Force on Assessment that produced the position monograph Standards for the assessment of reading and writing. His current work investigates literacy assessment, the consequences of teaching practices for the kind of literacy children acquire, how teachers and students build productive learning communities, and the process of building critical inquiry into literacy teacher education. 


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