Follow up to last session at the Festschrift Symposium

At the end of the discussions on Saturday, I meant to add this to the twitter feed as it relates to some of the words on literacy, activism, etc.. It’s Danah Boyd’s talk from SXSWEdu—if you haven’t seen it, buckle up ’cause it’s a tough listen, but so thought-provoking.… Read the rest

The impact of an integrated approach to science and literacy in elementary school classrooms. Cervetti, G. N., Barber, J., Dorph, R., Pearson, P. D., & Goldschmidt, P. G. (2012)

This report of a randomized field trial also describes the conceptual bases of what we came to call, Seeds of Science–Roots of Reading, a long term project of a collaboration between the Lawrence Hall of Science and the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley.… Read the rest

Putting text complexity in context: Refocusing on comprehension of complex text. Valencia, S. W., Wixson, K. K., & Pearson, P. D. (2014)


The Elementary School Journal115(2), 270-289.

This is the third in a series of 3 papers that Sheila and Karen and I have written to make a case for what we call  Text-Task-Scenarios–a framework that suggests that constructs like reader ability, text complexity, and reading assessment are better viewed as situated (they result from unique and particular combinations of relevant variables) than constitutive (they are not inherent characteristics of entities like people, texts, or tasks).… Read the rest

On becoming a thoughtful reader: Learning to read like a writer. Pearson, P. D. & Tierney, R. J. (1984)

Rob and I wrote this essay for an NSSE volume on secondary literacy edited by Olive Niles and Alan Purves. We used it as an opportunity to take the “constructivist notion of reading comprehension to the nth degree by positing that every act of comprehension is an act of composing.… Read the rest

Toward a Composing Model of Reading—Tierney, R. J. & Pearson, P. D. (1983)

This is the first published appearance of what came to be called our composing model of reading in which we made the argument that readers, like writers, engaged in an original act of “composing” a text for an inner reader and, in the process, made all of the inferences necessary to create a considerate and complete situation model of the meaning of the text.… Read the rest

Children’s Comprehension of Between- and Within-Sentence Syntactic Structures—Bormuth, J. R., Manning, J., Carr, J., & Pearson, D. (1970)

This is my first published piece. Completed while I was in grad school at the U of Minnesota. John Bormuth spent two years there on his way from UCLA to U of Chicago. The idea was to develop, eventually, a systematic way of teaching intersentential syntax.… Read the rest