President's Lecture Series


David Pearson: "The Politics of Reading Pedagogy: The Role of Research in Shaping National, State and Local Reading Policy and Practices"


David Pearson

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Mills Godwin Jr. Building - Auditorium

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President's Lecture Series


P. David Pearson,the Parsons Foundation Early Childhood Lecturer, discusses the history of reading research policy and practice in the United States since the 1960s, particularly illustrating how educational theories have influenced legislation and standards.

Pearson is dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley and is a faculty member in the language and literacy program at Berkeley. Pearson is the principal investigator for the Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement. His research focuses on issues of reading instruction and reading assessment policies and practices at all levels.

Pearson began his professional academic career at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Since then he has served as the John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Education in the College of Education at Michigan State University. He has also served as the dean of the college of Education, co-director of the Center for the study of Reading, and professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Illinois.

Pearson has written and co-edited several books including the "Handbook of Reading Research" and "Effective Schools and Accomplished Teacher." He received a bachelor's degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in reading education from the University of Minnesota.

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A 1/2" VHS copy of this lecture is available in the Special Collections & University Archives Department of Old Dominion University Perry Library. Call #: LD4331.A57 2004

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