Faculty Publications

Faculty Publications

Adolescent Literacy & Learning


  • Vacca, R. T., Vacca, J. L., & Mraz, M. (2011). Content area reading: Literacy and learning across the curriculum. (10th ed.). NY: Allyn & Bacon.

  • Wood, K. D., Lapp, D., Flood, J., & Taylor, D. B.  (2008). Guiding readers through text: Strategy guides in “new times” (2nd Ed.). Newark, DE: International Reading Association. 

  • Wood, K. D., & Taylor, D. B. (2006). Literacy Strategies Across the Subject Areas, 2nd Ed. New York: Allyn & Bacon.

Book Chapters

  • Blanton, W., Wood, K. D., & Taylor, D. B. (2010). Rethinking middle school reading instruction:  A basic activity approach. Reprinted in M. Cappello & B. Moss (Eds.), Contemporary Readings in Literacy Education (PP. 213-222). Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications. 
  • Medina, A. L., Tobin, M. T., Pilonieta, P., Chiappone, L. L., & Blanton, W. E. (in press). Application of computer, digital, and telecommunications technologies to the clinical preparation of teachers. In D. Polly, C. Mims, & K. Persichitte (Eds.), Creating Technology-Rich Teacher Education Programs: Key Issues (pp. XX-XX). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Wood, K. D., Taylor, D. B., Drye, B, & Brigman, J. (2007). Assessing students’ understanding of informational text in intermediate and middle level classrooms. In J. R. Paratore & R. L. McCormack,Classroom literacy assessment: Making sense of what students know and do. New York: Guilford.
  • Rickelman, R. J., & Taylor, D. B. (2006). Teaching and learning content-area words. C. C. Block & J. Mangieri, (eds.). The vocabulary-enriched classroom: Practices for improving the reading performance of all students in grades 3 and up. New York: Scholastic.

Journal Articles

  • Pilonieta, P. (2011). Making Sense of the Research: A Teacher’s Resource Guide for Using Expository Text. New England Reading Association Journal, 46(2), 45-51.

  • Wood, K. D., Harmon, J., & Taylor, D. B. (2011). Guidelines for integrating comprehension-based word study in content classrooms. The Middle School Journal, 42(5), 57-64.

  • Taylor, D. B., Mraz, M., Nichols, W. D., Rickelman, R. J., & Wood, K. D. (2009). Using explicit instruction to promote vocabulary learning for struggling readers. Reading-Writing Quarterly, 25, 1-16.

  • Taylor, D. B. (2007). Fostering engaged and active discussions in middle school classrooms. Middle School Journal, (39) 1, 54-59.

  • Blanton, W., Wood, K. D., & Taylor, D. B. (2007). Rethinking middle school reading instruction: A basic activity approach. Reading Psychology, 75-95.

Service Learning & Community Outreach

Journal Articles

  • Rock, T., Heafner, T. & Taylor, D.B. (2010). Developing service learning experiences in teacher education programs: A comparison of approaches (submitted for review). Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning.

  • Rock, T., Heafner, T. & Taylor, D.B. (2010). The Professional Development School: Fertile Ground for Service Learning Initiatives (submitted for review). School-Univeristy Partnerships: The Journal of the National Association for Professional Development Schools.

Cultural Understanding & Awareness

Journal Articles

  • Heafner, T. L. (2009). Cultural universals, big ideas, and young children. Theory and Research in Social Education, 37(2), 273-280. 

Multiliteracies & Technology

Journal Articles

  • Taylor, D. B. (in press). Multiliteracies: Moving from theory to practice in teacher education. In A. B. Polly, Mims, C., & K. Persichitte (Eds.). Creating Technology-Rich Teacher Education Programs: Key Issues.
  • Taylor, D. B., Hartshorne, R., Eneman, S., Wilkins, P., & Polly, A. B., (in press). Lessons learned from the implementation of a technology-focused professional learning community. In A. B. Polly, Mims, C., & K. Persichitte (Eds.). Creating Technology-Rich Teacher Education Programs: Key Issues. 
  • Heafner, T. L. (2009). Mapping the power of technology to promote geography instruction. Book Chapter in Research in Social Studies and Technology. A Volume in a Series. Information Age Publishing, 207-270.
  • Petty, T. & Heafner, T. (2009). What is ROGI? Journal of Technology Integration in the Classroom,1(1), 21-27.

  • Friedman, A., & Heafner, T. (2008). Finding and contextualizing resources: A digital literacy tool's impact in ninth grade world history. The Clearing House, 82(2), 82-86.

  • Heafner, T. L., & Friedman, A. M. (2008). Wikis and constructivism in social studies: Fostering a deeper understanding. Computers in the Schools, 25(3-4), 288-302.

Teaching & Learning

Journal Articles

  • Fitchett, P.G. & Heafner, T.L. (2010). A national perspective on the effects of high-stakes testing and standardization on elementary social studies marginalization. Theory and Research in Social Education, 38 (1), 298-316. [Awarded the 2009-2010 UNC Charlotte College of Education Excellence in Research Award]

  • Miller, S., Heafner, T., & Massey, D. (2009). High-school teachers’ attempts to promote self-regulated learning: I may learn from you, yet how do I do it? The Urban Review, 41, 121-140.

  • Heafner, T. (2008). What does it mean to be a citizen?: Defining social studies in the age of marginalization and globalization. Journal of Curriculum and Instruction, 2(1), 1-5. Winner of the 2010 Edward C. Pomeroy Award.