Dr. Kathleen Clark Awarded Elva Knight Research Grant

Released: 5/21/08

The SOE extends sincere congratulations to Dr. Kathleen Clark, who was awarded a $4500 Elva Knight Research Grant from the International Reading Association for 2008. The funds will be used to support her study entitled “The effects of culturally relevant texts on the achievement, motivation, and attitudes of African American children who struggle with reading.”

Dr. Clark, Assistant Professor and Director of the Hartman Literacy and Learning Center at Marquette, has published numerous articles, most recently focusing on comprehension strategies among intermediate readers. Her current study, which focuses on 200 children participating in the Family Literacy Project, will investigate the effect of culturally relevant texts on children’s reading achievement, motivation to read, and attitudes toward reading. It was lauded by one IRA judge as “a superb research application [which] will surely have a positive impact on the field of multicultural and multiethnic children’s literature.”

Through a series of dedicated research awards, grants, and fellowships, the International Reading Association supports research activity and publication in the fields of reading and reading education. The Elva Knight Research Grant provides up to $10,000 annually for research in reading and literacy. Contingent upon available funds in any given year, as many as four grants are awarded.


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