How I Learned My Real Name…

The first week of first grade was especially hard for me. I was greeted with not one but two surprises, both of which were traumatic for my not very resilient 6-year-old ego.

But first a word about my school—a classic prairie style one room schoolhouse in what were then, just after WWII, the wide open spaces of the Sacramento Valley.… Read the rest

First Big Time Publication of Dissertation Work

Finished the D in 1969 but did not get it published until 1974-75 in Reading Research Quarterly.  That’s a long story that is told in a later piece with Kate Frankel in 2013 or so.

Pearson, P. D. (1974-75).  The effects of grammatical complexity on children’s comprehension, recall and conception of semantic relations. Read the rest