Annemarie Sullivan Palincsar

Chair, Educational Studies, Professor of Education; Jean and Charles Walgreen Professor of Reading and Literacy; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

Annemarie Sullivan Palincsar, School of Education

Palincsar is the Jean and Charles Walgreen Jr. Chair of Reading and Literacy, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and a teacher educator at the University of Michigan. She is an instructional researcher who studies teaching and learning in K-8 classrooms, typically collaborating closely with classroom teachers. Currently, Palincsar's primary research interest is in supporting students to learn how to engage in knowledge building with informational text, especially in the context of project-based scientific inquiry. With her research group--and in collaboration with computer engineer Elliot Soloway--she has designed and studied the use of a cyber-learning environment in which students collaborate as they read texts, view video, use simulations, write, and draw, while engaging in scientific inquiry. She recently received funding from the Lucas Educational Research Fund to develop and study the use of project-based learning in the upper elementary grades. With science educator Betsy Davis and the ELECTS team, she recently conducted a series of studies investigating the value of educative supports for science teaching in the upper elementary grades. With linguist Mary Schleppegrell and the Language and Meaning research group, she used design-based research to investigate the process and outcomes of teaching English learners the use of functional grammar analysis as a means of supporting them to interpret and learn from narrative and informational text. Palincsar has served as a member of: the National Academy’s Research Council on the Prevention of Reading Difficulty in Young Children, the OERI/RAND Reading Study Group, the National Research Council’s Panel on Teacher Preparation, The International Reading Association’s Literacy Research Panel and the National Advisory Board to Children's Television Workshop. She was co-editor of the journal Cognition and Instruction and is a member of the National Academy of Education. She was recently appointed to the study group for the preparation of How People Learn, volume 2.           

Palincsar teaches courses in the following program(s):
Literacy, Language, and Culture
Combined Program in Education and Psychology
Elementary Teacher Education
Elementary Teacher Education (ELMAC)


Selected Publications

Kucan, L. and Palincsar, A. S. (in press). "Locating struggling readers in a reconfigured landscape: A conceptual review." To appear in M. Kamil, D. Pearson, P. Afflerbach, and E. Moje (Eds.), The Handbook of Reading Research (fifth edition). To be published by Taylor Francis.

Kucan, L., Hapgood, S. and Palincsar, A. S. (in press). "Teachers’ Specialized Knowledge for Supporting Student Comprehension in Text-Based Discussions." To appear in Elementary School Journal.

Kucan, L., Palincsar, A. S., Khasnabis, D., and Chang, C. (2009). "The Video Viewing Task: A Source of Information for Assessing and Addressing Teacher Understanding of Text-Based Discussion." Teaching and Teacher Education, 25, 415-423.

Palincsar, A. S. (2007). "The role of research, theory, and representation in the transformation of instructional research." National Reading Conference Yearbook, vol. 67, 41-52.

Deshler, D., Palincsar, A. S., Biancarosa, G., and Naire, M. (2007). Informed choices for struggling adolescent readers: A research based guide to principles and practices. Newark, Delaware: International Reading Association.

Palincsar, A. S., Spiro, R..J., Kucan, L., Magnusson, S. J., Collins, B., Hapgood, S., Ramchandran, A., and DeFrance, N. (2007). "Research to practice: Designing hypermedia environment to support elementary teachers’ learning of robust comprehension instruction." In D. McNamara (Ed.). Reading Strategies Handbook. Taylor Francis.

Palincsar, A. S., Hapgood, S., and Magnusson, S. J. (2007). "Examining 'Expert Guidance' in the Context of Inquiry-based Science Teaching: Applying Lenses that Ann Brown Honed to the Study of Teachers’ Practice." To appear in J. C. Campione, K. Metz, and A. S. Palincsar (Eds.), Children's learning in the laboratory and in the classroom: Essays in honor of Ann Brown. Routledge.

Palincsar, A. S. and Ladewski, B. (2006). "Literacy and the learning sciences." In K. Sawyer (Ed.), Handbook of the Learning Sciences (pp. 299-317). New York: Cambridge University Press.



Research Affiliations


1/1/2018 - ongoing Grade 5 ML-PBL Curriculum/Using Multiple Literacies in Project Based Learning-5th Grade Addendum
Granting Agency: Michigan State University and the George Lucas Education Foundation

1/1/2015 - 12/31/2019 Using Multiple Literacies in Project Based Learning
Granting Agency: The Michigan State University/The George Lucas Educational Foundation

9/1/2015 - 8/31/2019 Using Multiple Lenses to Investigate the Development of Content Knowledge and Teaching Practices in Relationship to Learning Opportunities
Granting Agency: Spencer Foundation

9/15/2013 - 8/31/2017 An Integrated Instructional Model for Accelerating Student Achievement in Science and Literacy in Grades 1-2
Granting Agency: Florida Atlantic University / NSF

7/1/2010 - 9/30/2015 The Iterative Development of Modules to Support Teachers' Engagement in Exploring Language and Meaning in Text with English-Language Learners
Granting Agency: U.S. Department of Education/Institute of Education Sciences

8/1/2013 - 7/31/2014 EAGER: WeInvestigate: Collaborative exploration of scientific phenomena with the assistance of hand-held simulations, prose, and graphics.
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

9/1/2010 - 8/31/2013 ELECTS—Elementary Educative Curricula for Teachers of Science—Investigating teachers' Learning, Practice, and Efficacy Using Effective Curriculum Materials across Scientific Disciplines
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

7/1/2006 - 1/1/2012 Developing an Integrative Assessment System for Elementary Teacher Education
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

1/1/2008 - 12/31/2011 The Iterative Design of Modules to Support Reading Comprehension Instruction
Granting Agency: Institute of Education Sciences

1/11/2011 - 10/31/2011 Description of Reading Instruction Study
Granting Agency: Spencer Foundation

2/1/2004 - 12/31/2006 Supporting Literacy Coaches to Teach Middle School Subject Matter Teachers to Help Their Students Learn Subject Matter from Informational Texts
Granting Agency: Carnegie Corporation of New York

2/1/2002 - 1/1/2006 Reading to Learn: Investigating General and Domain-Specific Prompts in a Technology-Rich Environment with Diverse Readers Learning from Informational Text
Granting Agency: Institute of Education Sciences

2/1/2002 - 12/31/2005 The Influence of First and Second Hand Investigations on Learning Opportunities and Outcomes in Inquiry-Based Science in the Elementary School
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

2/1/2003 - 12/31/2005 Scaling Expert Knowledge and Practice for Teaching Elementary School Students
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

Courses & Syllabi

Term Catalogue Course Description Syllabus
Winter 2011 EDUC 403. Individualizing Reading and Writing Instruction in the Elementary Classroom EDUC 403. Individualized Reading Instruction in the Elementary Grades

Fall 2011 EDUC 501. Literacy Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment: Primary / Elementary EDUC 501. Literacy Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Primary/Elementary

Fall 2014 EDUC 500. Foundations of Literacy EDUC 500. Foundations of Literacy

Fall 2014 EDUC 500. Foundations of Literacy EDUC 500. Foundations of Literacy


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