University at Albany

Excellence in Research and Creative Activities

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Three faculty members received this tribute in 2012 for Excellence in Research and Creative Activities.

Peter JohnstonPeter Johnston, Reading

Peter Johnston is a leading expert in the field of literacy, with research contributions that focus on the complexities of reading/writing assessment, instructional policies, classroom discussion, and instruction for struggling readers. His research explores the consequences of teaching and assessment practices for the lives of children and teachers, and for the literacies children acquire.  

Professor Johnston is a rare educational scholar whose research allows him to converse with both scholars and classroom teachers about how to change learning in the classroom.   Early on, he introduced new ways to think about comprehension assessment and test bias.  His work has laid the foundation for successful research that has spanned over three decades, exploring the complexities and overlapping nature of assessment, instruction, and classroom talk.  Much of his work has targeted “struggling” readers, who are marginalized from learning unless placed in a situation where teachers know how to assess progress and use instructional talk to help students learn.  His work, anchored in classroom observational data, is also situated  in the context of current educational policy.  He most recently edited a book onResponse To Intervention, a new policy that transforms the role of assessment and instruction in schools.

Professor Johnston has a sustained record of scholarship, publishing numerous books, peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, policy documents, and practitioner-based texts. He has been a PI on grant projects in the National Center for English Learning and Achievement and the Center for Teaching and Learning of Literature.  He has accomplished what many researchers find most difficult: developing a respected research agenda and perspective valued by other researchers that also directly impacts the understandings and instructional practices of teachers who apply his research.

Excellence in Research and Creative Activities

Graham Barker-Benfield Peter Johnston


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