Barnes Honored with Dissertation Award

Albany, NY (February 23, 2015) – Dr. Erica Barnes, assistant professor in Literacy Teaching and Learning, is recipient of the 2015 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Early Education and Child Development SIG Outstanding Dissertation Award.

The award acknowledges an exceptional dissertation which investigates a topic related to the development of children between birth and age 8. Dr. Barnes will be recognized for her dissertation entitled, "Head Start Preschool Teachers’ Commenting Practices During Shared Book Reading Sessions: Describing Learning Opportunities for Children with Varying Vocabulary Abilities," at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting in April.

Dr. Barnes earned her PhD in Development, Learning, and Diversity at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College. Dr. Barnes’ current research investigates teacher-child interactions in preschool classrooms that promote vocabulary growth, examining developmental trajectories of children with varying levels of language abilities and from low-income homes. She is interested in how language facilitates literacy growth and how teachers may differentiate instruction for children from underserved populations.