“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.” – Zora Neale Hurston
Lois Huffman leads the Studies and Research Committee. The Studies and Research Committee focuses on increasing awareness of and commitment to evidence-based literacy instruction in accordance with the position of the International Reading Association (IRA) http://www.reading.org/General/AboutIRA/PositionStatements/EvidencedBasedPosition.aspx
The committee recommends the following resources:
Duke, N. K., & Martin, N. M. (2011). 10 things every literacy educator should know about research. The Reading Teacher, 65, 9-22.
This article reinforces the value of research for literacy educators and offers information on how to prevent its misuse. (available to IRA members)
Samuels, S. J., & Farstrup, A. E. (Eds.). (2011). What research has to say about reading instruction (4th Ed.). Newark, DE: International Reading Association. (Also available as an eBook)
This new edition offers a comprehensive and clear presentation of the latest literacy research, theory, and practice.
Lassonde, C. A., & Israel, S. E. (Eds.). (2008). Teachers taking action: A comprehensive guide to teacher research. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
This book offers practical advice for teachers who are interested in conducting research to improve the effectiveness of their practice and the success of their students. Topics include planning, funding, managing, and disseminating action research.
International Reading Association (IRA) Teacher as Researcher Grant
Click here to contact NCRA President, Treana Bowling.
Members, find contact information for committee chairpersons in the Members Only section under Leaders, NCRA Committees