Annemarie Sullivan Palincsar

Professor of Education; Jean and Charles Walgreen Professor of Reading and Literacy; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

Annemarie Sullivan Palincsar, School of Education

Annemarie Sullivan Palincsar’s research focuses on the design of learning environments that support self-regulation in learning activity, especially for children who experience difficulty learning in school; she has studied how children use literacy in the context of guided inquiry science instruction, what types of text support children's inquiry, and what support students who are identified as atypical learners require to be successful in this instruction. She has investigated the use of a hypermedia tool (called EASE-C) to support bringing to scale knowledge and practice regarding text comprehension instruction. She has studied the role of computer-assisted instruction in enhancing children's understanding of subject-matter text and web-based 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 National Education Goals Panel, and the National Advisory Board to Children's Television Workshop. She was recently co-editor of the journal Cognition and Instruction. She completed her doctorate at the Center for the Study of Reading at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. 

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


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

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

7/1/2010 - 6/30/2013 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

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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