Read Oregon: An Oregon Collaborative for Improvement of Literacy

formerly known as CREADE
Collaborative Reading Education And Distance Education

ED 569: Issues & Research in Literacy (2 credits)

Spring 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Summer 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Spring 2014: 03/31/14 06/13/14

Dr. Phillip Hofmann, Eastern Oregon University

Ed 569 is a seminar providing a synthesis of research and current practices in literacy education. Issues are selected based on current public, political and professional trends.
PREREQUISITES Graduate standing.
Upon completion of the course, the student will:
  • Have knowledge of current and historical perspectives about the nature and purposes of literacy and about widely used approaches to literacy instruction
  • Pursue knowledge of professional journals and publications and participate in conferences and other professional activities
  • Interpret and communicate research findings related to the improvement of instruction to colleagues and the wider community
  • Initiate, participate in, or apply research in literacy
  • Read or conduct research with a wide range of methodologies (e.g., ethnographic, descriptive, experimental, or historical)
  • Promote and facilitate teacher-based and classroom-based research
STANDARDS This course supports the following International Reading Association's 2010 revised Standards for Reading Professionals:
1.1 Candidates understand major theories and empirical research that describe the cognitive, linguistic, motivational, and sociocultural foundations of reading and writing development, processes, and components, including word recognition, language comprehension, strategic knowledge, and reading-writing connections.
1.2 Candidates understand the historically shared knowledge of the profession and changes over time in the perceptions of reading and writing development, processes, and components.
2.1 Candidates use foundational knowledge to design or implement an integrated, comprehensive, and balanced curriculum.
2.2 Candidates use appropriate and varied instructional approaches, including those that develop word recognition, language comprehension, strategic knowledge, and reading-writing connections.
4.2 Candidates use a literacy curriculum and engage in instructional practices that positively impact students' knowledge, beliefs, and engagement with the features of diversity.
6.2 Candidates display positive dispositions related to their own reading and writing and the teaching of reading and writing, and pursue the development of individual professional knowledge and behaviors.
Students will be familiar with current reading research and recent literacy issues.
CORE/ELECTIVE This graduate-level course can be used as 2 core or elective credits in the Literacy Leadership thematic area in the 24-credit Reading Endorsement program, the 12-credit Literary Education program, or for individual professional development. Please consult an advisor at your home institution about adding this course to your program.
INSTRUCTOR Dr. Phillip W. Hofmann, Assistant Professor of Literacy and Education, Eastern Oregon University. 21 years as K-12 language arts and reading teacher in California and Oregon. Eleven years teaching at EOU. Reader's Theater expert. Author of children's books. (BA, San Diego State University; MA and PhD, Claremont Graduate University)
Teachers interested in reading research and current literacy issues, especially those seeking a reading endorsement.
Approximately 60 total hours in course-related activities (e.g., reading the text and course materials, posting to discussion forums, completing written assignments). This course is online and does not require in-person attendance. Assignments are completed on the learner's time schedule and are due as posted.
TEXTBOOK Textbook(s) are required for this course. You will find the textbook listed in the syllabus that is posted online at the EOU website or you may contact the instructor. For most classes, the EOU Bookstore will be a source for the textbook.
COST No course in the ReadOregon curriculum will cost more than $359 per credit, including all fees.
CONTACT For more details on this course, please contact Dr. Phillip W. Hofmann, Eastern Oregon University.


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