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PhD, Clemson Univeristy
Associate Professor
Literacy and Reading
PhD in Education and Human Development

Contact Information

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Phone: (703) 993-2166
Fax: (703) 993-5300

George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Thompson Hall 1506
4400 University Dr.
MS 4B3
Fairfax, VA 22030

Profile

Email: ahutchi9@gmu.edu, Twitter:@HutchisonAmy

Dr. Hutchison is an associate professor in the Division of Elementary, Literacy, and Secondary Education at George Mason University. Her scholarship centers around three primary areas of inquiry: (1) Understanding how digital technology can be used equitably and to support diverse learners; (2) Understanding and Supporting the Development of STEM literacy among underrepresented students; and (3) Understanding how digital technology can support the development of literacy skills and how to support and prepare preservice and inservice teachers to effectively integrate digital technology into literacy and language arts instruction. Focused on these areas of interest, she conducts research across the PK-20 spectrum, across disciplines, in formal and informal learning environments, and with pre-service and practicing teachers using a variety of inquiry tools and methodologies. In her work, she has constructed and examined innovative instructional approaches and practices that are facilitated by the integration of digital technology, which most recently include the use of coding apps and augmented reality for literacy instruction. Insights from her work in the field, and research from the field more broadly, are brought together in her recently published book entitled Bridging Technology and Literacy: Developing Digital Reading and Writing Practices in Grades K-6 (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers), in which she and her coauthor explore the complexities of digital literacies and invite teachers and schools to reconsider the role of digital technology in today’s literacy instruction and how literacy education is undertaken in schools. Through her work, Dr. Hutchison encourages teachers to examine their instructional practice, to understand the ways that digital technology transforms what it means to be literate, to understand the importance of providing equitable access to high-quality instruction with digital technology, and to understand the interconnected nature of reading, writing and digital technology.

For her collective work in the field, Dr. Hutchison was recently awarded the 2014 Early Career Achievement Award from the Literacy Research Association, the 2014 Early Career Scholar Award by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Technology As An Agent of Change Special Interest Group, and the 2014 Early Career Achievement in Research Award at Iowa State University. She also received the 2012 Thomas N. Urban Award for outstanding scholarly contributions to Iowa education and was awarded the distinction of Fellow with the Center for Educational Transformation from 2014-2016.

Research Interests

Dr. Hutchison is the developer and director of The Technology Integration Project, a program designed to support teachers in designing effective and innovative instruction with digital tools:  http://tipcycle.wixsite.com/tech-integration

GRANTS AWARDED:

Fall 2015      PI, Fellowship awarded by the Center for Educational Transformation. Implementing the Technology Integration Planning Cycle.

Fall 2014      PI, Grant from Iowa Reading Research Center Iowa. Intensive Summer Reading Programs Landscape Assessment. 

Fall 2014      PI, Fellowship awarded by the Center for Educational Transformation. Implementation and Evaluation of the Technology Integration Planning Cycle for Literacy and Language Arts.

Spring 2014 Co-PI, Seed Grant, College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University. Epistemic Beliefs and Reading Strategies When Competent High School Readers Select and Learn from Internet Sources. 

Fall 2013      Co-PI, Educational Testing Services Grant, Tablet Technology and English Language Assessments for Young Learners: First Steps on an ECD Path. 

Spring 2013  PI, Iowa Reading Research Center, Needs Assessment: The State of PK-3 Literacy in Iowa. 

Spring 2013  Co-PI, Intramural Collaborative Seed Grant, College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University. Improving Teachers Implementation of Movement into the Classroom Through Social Networking Tools. 

Fall 2010       PI, Untenured Faculty Seed Grant, College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University. Identifying the Affordances and Constraints of using iPads with Elementary Students for Reading and Responding to Text. 

Spring 2010  Co-PI, Intramural Collaborative Seed Grant, College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University. Advancing Knowledge on the Integration of Information and Communication Technologies for Learning in K-12 Settings.

Spring 2010  PI, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Grant. Developing Leading STEM Elementary Educators Through a Coherent and Interdisciplinary Elementary Education Program. 

Recent Publications

Hutchison, A., Woodward, L., & Colwell, J. (2016). What are Preadolescent Readers doing online? An examination of upper elementary students’ reading, writing, and communication in digital spaces. Reading Research Quarterly.
Hutchison, A. (2016). Considering the role of coding in literacy classrooms. Literacy Today, 33(4), 14-15.
Hutchison, A. & Colwell, J. (2016). Preservice teachers’ use of the Technology integration planning cycle to integrate iPads into literacy instruction.  Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 48(1), 1-15.
Hutchison, A., Nadolny, L., & Estapa, A. (2016). Using coding apps to support literacy instruction and develop coding literacy. Reading Teacher, 69(5), 493-503. DOI:10.1002/trtr.1440
Beschorner, B. & Hutchison, A. (2016). Parent education for dialogic reading: Online and face-to-face delivery methods. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 30(3), 374-388.
Colwell, J. & Hutchison, D. (2015). Refining a flipped classroom model in a content area literacy course: Determining modification through reflection. International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, 3(4), 249-266. DOI: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2015.074007
Colwell, J. & Hutchison, A. (2015). Supporting teachers in integrating digital technology into language arts instruction to promote literacy. Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, 31(2), 56-63. DOI: 10.1080/21532974.2014.991813
Hall, A., Hutchison, A., & White, A. (2015). Teachers’ beliefs about the common core english language arts writing standards. Journal of Research in Education, 25(1), 88-106.
Hutchison, A. (2015).  Technology Integration: What’s Your Next Step? The Oklahoma Reader.
Pang, S., Reinking, D., Hutchison, A., Ramey, D.  (2015). South Korean teachers’ perceptions of integrating information and communication technologies into literacy instruction. Education Research International, 2015, 1-13. DOI: 10.1155/2015/783593
Hutchison, A., & Beschorner, B.  (2014). Using the iPad as a Tool to Support Literacy Instruction. Technology, Pedagogy & Education, 24(5), 407-422. DOI: 10.1080/1475939X.2014.918561
Hutchison, A. & Colwell, J. (2014). The Potential of Digital Technologies to Support Literacy Instruction Relevant to the Common Core State Standards. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 58(2). DOI: 10.1002/jaal.335
Hutchison, A. & Woodward, L. (2014). An Examination of How A Teacher’s Use of Digital Tools Empowers and Constrains Language Arts Instruction. Computers in the Schools, 31(4), 316-338. DOI: 10.1080/07380569.2014.967629
Hutchison, A. & Woodward, L. (2014). A Planning Cycle for Integrating Technology into Literacy Instruction. Reading Teacher, 67(6), 455-464. DOI:10.1002/trtr.1225.
Hutchison, A. Beschorner, B. & Schmidt-Crawford, D. (2013). Exploring the use of the iPad for literacy learning. International Reading Association Cross Journal Virtual Issue on Hot Topics in Education.
Beschorner, B. & Hutchison, A. (2013a). iPads as tools for communicating with parents. The Oklahoma Reader, 49(1), 17-19.
Beschorner, B. & Hutchison, A. (2013b). iPads as a literacy teaching tool in early Childhood. International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology, 1(1), 16-24.
Hutchison, A. & Wang, W. (2012). Blogging within a social networking site as a form of literature response in a teacher education course. Educational Media International, 49(3). DOI:10.1080/09523987.2012.741197
Hutchison, A., Beschorner, B., & Schmidt-Crawford, D. (2012). Exploring the use of the iPad for literacy learning. Reading Teacher, 66(1), 15-23.
Colwell, J., Hutchison, A., & Reinking, D. (2012). Using social network blogs to promote literary response during teachers’ professional development. Language Arts, 89(4), 232-243.
Hutchison, A. (2012). Literacy teachers’ perceptions of professional development that increases integration of technology into instruction. Technology, Pedagogy & Education, 21(1), 37-56.
Hutchison, A. & Colwell, J. (2012). Using a wiki to facilitate an online professional learning community for induction and mentoring teachers. Education and Information Technologies, 17(3), 273-289.
Hutchison, A. & Reinking, D. (2011). Teachers’ Perceptions of Integrating Information and Communication Technologies into Literacy Instruction:  A National Survey in the U.S. Reading Research Quarterly, 46(4), 308-329.
Hutchison, A., & Reinking, D. (2010). A national survey of barriers to integrating information and communication technologies into literacy instruction. In R. Jimenez, V. Risko, M. Hundley, & D. Rowe (Eds.), Fifty-Ninth Yearbook of the National Reading Conference (pp.-230-243). National Reading Conference. Milwaukee, WI.
Mokhtari, K., Hutchison, A., & Edwards, P. (2010). Organizing instruction for struggling readers in tutorial settings. Reading Teacher, 64(4), 287-290.
Hutchison, A., & Henry, L.  (2010). Internet use and online reading among middle-grade students at risk of dropping out of school.  Middle Grades Research Journal, 5(2).

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