In 2020, I worked with a team of several colleagues to synthesize the contributions of the IES funded Reading for Understanding Initiative that produced 300+ publications over the period extending from 2010-2019 concerning comprehension development, assessment, and pedagogy. This synthesis summarizes and contextualizes that effort.… Read the rest
Author: P. David Pearson
MSU Reunion at LRA in Nashville…
David Pearson, Devon Brenner, Mary McVee, Gina Cervetti, and Kara Lycke—all of whom occupied the same office suite in CIERA days at MSU—got together for dinner when LRA was in Nashville.… Read the rest
Enhancing the Interpretive Reading and Analytical Writing of Mainstreamed English Learners in Secondary School…Olson CB, Kim JS, Scarcella R, Kramer J, Pearson M, van Dyk DA, Collins P, Land RE (2012).
From Carol Booth Olson: David’s work on the reading/writing connection had a major impact on the UCI Writing Project. Specifically, Tierney and Pearson’s landmark article “A Composing Model of Reading” which suggests that reading and writing are reciprocal processes of meaning construction helped us to develop a cognitive strategies text-based writing intervention geared towards English Learners in grades 6-12.… Read the rest
The link between standard and dual language teachers’ Spanish literacy instruction and ue of formative assessments. García, G. E. & Lang, M. G. (2018).
This article was submitted by Joey García. After re-reading the 1994 García & Pearson article on assessment and diversity, I realized the relevance of the 2018 article to several of the questions that David and I asked at the end of the 1994 article.… Read the rest
Three Children, Two Languages, and Strategic Reading: Case Studies in Bilingual/Monolingual Reading. Jiménez, R. T., Garcia, G. E., & Pearson, P. D. (1995).
This article also was derived from Bob Jiménez’s dissertation. It provided qualitative case studies of a successful Latina student’s reading comprehension strategies in English compared to those of a less successful Latino student and a successful Anglo student’s reading comprehension strategies.… Read the rest
The reading strategies of bilingual Latina/o students who are successful English readers: Opportunities and obstacles. Jiminéz, R. T., García, G. E., & Pearson, P. D. (1996).
This article was submitted by Joey (Georgia) Garcia to accompany the 1994 publication entitled “Assessment and Diversity.” David was Bob’s Ph.D. adviser, and Joey was his thesis director. The actual publication was derived from Bob’s dissertation. The findings were from qualitative think-alouds in which Bob, as a bilingual researcher, interacted with the students in Spanish and English to document how they approached and comprehended narrative and informational texts in each language.… Read the rest
Learning: A process of enculturation into the community’s practices. Kong, A., & Pearson, P. D. (2005)
From Ailing Kong
This piece is the talk that David and I gave at the 2004 NCTE Annual Conference upon receiving the Alan C. Purves Award from NCTE. In this talk, we shared how I was mentored into the educational research community and the important role played by “a composite mentor”, a collective group of several different senior colleagues who provide the right bits and pieces to meet the range of needs of a young scholar.… Read the rest
The Road to Participation: The construction of a literacy practice in a learning community of linguistically diverse learners. Kong, A., & Pearson, P. D. (2003)
From Ailing Kong
David and I published this article in Research in the Teaching of English in 2003. It was about how Ellen, a classroom teacher, engaged her students from diverse backgrounds in learning to read, to think, to write about and discuss about what they read.… Read the rest
The assessment of reading comprehension: A review of practices: past, present, and future. Pearson & Hamm, 2005.
During the work of the Rand Commission that redefined reading comprehension at the last run of the century, they commissioned some papers on aspects of reading comprehension, assessment among them. They asked me to do the review of the history of reading comprehension assessment. … Read the rest
Skills management systems: A critique. Johnson, D. D., & Pearson, P. D. (1975)
Dale Johnson and I wrote this 1975 piece in the heyday of Skills Management Systems like Wisconsin Design and Fountain Valley, all of which managed kids’ journey through a labyrinth of sub-skill tests and practice dittoes (before photo duplication), one skill after another after another. … Read the rest