Education 24, Section 2

Book Smart: How to Support and Develop a Motivated, Successful Beginning Reader (1 unit, LG)

Professor Anne Cunningham
Wednesday 12:00-2:00, 2319 Tolman Hall, Class number: 46880

How do children learn to read? What are the factors that contribute to a successful, motivated reader in third grade? As future teachers or parents, students will learn about the psychological science underlying the developmental trajectory of a beginning reader. We will discuss, for example, how the oral language skills children acquire as a toddler influence their later reading comprehension. Also how shared book reading with young children fosters their cognitive and social-emotional growth.

Instructor Bio

Anne E. Cunningham (Ph.D., University of Michigan in Developmental Psychology) is Professor of Education and Director of the Joint Doctoral Program in Special Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Known for her research on literacy and development, she examines the cognitive and motivational processes that underlie reading ability and the interplay of context, development, and literacy instruction, including the pedagogical constructs that may affect instruction. Dr. Cunningham teaches the psychology of reading courses for the School Psychology doctoral program and the reading methods courses in the Developmental Teacher Education (DTE) multi-subject credential program. She is a former classroom teacher and reading resource specialist who taught kindergarten through fifth grade for ten years. And she enjoys reading!


This seminar is relevant for future educators and parents, or simply interested students who want to understand how we learn to read and the factors that influence successful reading development and engagement.