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Nell Duke and Shenglan Zhang Interview  -  July 3, 2008, 3:00 p.m. CD Voice of Literacy Webcast

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[Dr. Shenglan Zhang]

Dr. Shenglan Zhang
Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology and educational te
College of Education at Winona State University

Shenglan Zhang is an assistant professor of educational psychology and educational technology in the College of Education at Winona State University. Zhang received her Bachelor's degree from Hebei Normal University China and Masters degrees from Beijing Normal University in China and the University of Southern California. She received her Doctoral degree from Michigan State University. Zhang's research focuses on hypertext reading (both in Chinese and in English) and integration of computer technology in literacy learning. She just finished a research project on examining the effect of an intervention to improve students' critical reading of Internet sites. She is currently conducting research on how English language speakers read on the Internet written in a target language (Chinese). Zhang's next step is to explore ways to teach students Internet reading strategies and assess Internet comprehension and strategy use. She also plans to do research on integrating research findings of hypertext reading into the technology education curriculum for pre- and in-service teachers.
[Dr. Nell Duke]

Dr. Nell Duke
Associate Professor of Teacher Education and Educational Psychol
Michigan State University

Nell K. Duke is an associate professor of teacher education and educational psychology, an affiliate of the program in school psychology, and co-director of the Literacy Achievement Research Center (LARC) at Michigan State University. Duke received her Bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College and her Masters and Doctoral degrees from Harvard University. Duke's work focuses on early literacy development, particularly among children living in poverty. Her specific areas of expertise include development of informational literacies in young children, comprehension development and instruction in early schooling, and issues of equity in literacy education. Duke is the recipient of the International Reading Association Outstanding Dissertation Award, the National Council of Teachers of English Promising Researcher Award, the International Reading Association Dina Feitelson Research Award, and the National Reading Conference Early Career Achievement Award. She is co-author of the books Reading and Writing Informational Text in the Primary Grades: Research-Based Practices; Literacy and the Youngest Learner: Best Practices for Educators of Children from Birth to Five; Beyond Bedtime Stories: A Parent's Guide to Promoting Reading, Writing, and Other Literacy Skills From Birth to 5; and co-editor of the book Literacy Research Methodologies. Duke teaches preservice, inservice and doctoral courses in literacy education at Michigan State, speaks and consults widely on literacy education, and is an active member of several literacy-related organizations. Duke also has a strong interest in improving the quality of educational research training in the U.S.


[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.


The Voice of Literacy host, Dr. Betsy Baker, interviews Dr. Nell Duke and Shenglan Zhang, Michigan State University

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