Dr. Rebecca McGill-Wilkinson
The Reading and Writing (Read/Write) topic supports research on the improvement of reading and writing skills of students from kindergarten through high school.
Through this topic, the Institute is interested in improving learning, higher-order thinking, and achievement in reading and writing. The Institute encourages researchers to explore malleable factors (e.g., children's behaviors, instructional practices) that are associated with better reading and writing outcomes, as well as mediators and moderators of the relations between these factors and student outcomes, for the purpose of identifying potential points of intervention. The Institute is also interested in applications to develop reading and/or writing interventions, and to examine the efficacy and/or effectiveness of fully-developed reading and/or writing interventions. The Institute also continues to solicit research to develop and validate assessments of reading and writing appropriate for students from kindergarten through high school.
The long-term outcome of this research will be an array of tools and strategies (e.g., curricula, assessments, instructional approaches) that are documented to be effective for improving or assessing reading and writing.