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Vicki Risko Interview  -  July 1, 2008, 4:00 p.m. CD Voice of Literacy Webcast

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[Dr. Victoria Risko]

Dr. Victoria Risko
Professor of Education
Vanderbilt University, Department of Teaching and Learning

Dr. Risko's research focuses on literacy development for students experiencing difficulties, reading comprehension and meaningful learning, and uses of technology to support problem solving and social engagement within literacy contexts. Her investigations, situated in elementary, middle school, reading resource, and college classrooms, focus on the development of instructional methods for engaging students in collaborative learning activities and for enhancing students' meaningful and strategic learning.

One aspect of her current work focuses on teacher education research. She and her co-authors completed critical analyses of published research on teacher reflection within teacher preparatory programs and published research on preparing teachers to teach reading. The goal of this research is to identify features of teacher education programs that support prospective teachers’ development in the areas of teacher reflection and applications of pedagogical knowledge within teaching situations. A particular interest for Vicki is preparing teachers for culturally and linguistically diverse students and to teach in ways that maximize students capabilities, interests, and cultural identities.

Dr. Risko is currently a co-editor (with Vanderbilt professors Compton, Dickinson, Jimenez, Kim, Leander, and Rowe) of the annual conference yearbook of the National Reading Conference. Vicki received the A. B. Herr Award from the College Reading Association for Distinguished Contributions to Research (2002) and the Distinguished Research Award (1992) from the Association of Teacher Education for her investigations of multimedia case methodology. She was elected as a member of the Board of Directors, International Reading Association, 2002-2005. She is past-president of The College Reading Association, an international organization for literacy educators and researchers. For the International Reading Association, she was chair of the Teacher Education Research Task Force, the co-chair of the Commission on Diverse Learners, and the Chair of the Video and Literacy Special Interest Group of The International Reading Association.


[Dr. Betsy Baker]

Dr. Betsy Baker
Professor of Literacy Studies
Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum, University of Missouri

Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Baker is a Professor of Literacy Studies at the University of Missouri. Dr. Baker's research interests include integration of literacy and technology, new literacies, future literacies, 21st century literacies, multimedia case-based instruction in teacher education, and sociocognition in teacher education, literacy, and new literacies.


Voice of Literacy host, Dr. Betsy Baker, interviews Dr. Vicki Risko, Professor of Education at Vanderbilt University.

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