Phone: (703) 993-5257
Fax: (703) 993-5300
Email: award12 (@gmu.edu)
George Mason University
Thompson Hall 1603
4400 University Dr.
Fairfax, VA 22030
My key interests include effective literacy teacher practices and professional development. This includes literacy coaching, adaptive teaching, culturally relevant teaching, and classroom practices that support students’ reading motivation and engagement. Classroom culture and language/discourse can aid or inhibit student learning, particularly in the early grades when students are learning vocabulary and content through teacher talk. Effective instructional practices, supported by knowledgeable literacy coaches and specialists can improve students’ literacy outcomes. My recent work has focused on design-based research and qualitative methodologies involving video analysis, as well as survey research.
Drawing from my background as a kindergarten teacher in a Title I urban school, I am interested in improving the literacy outcomes for all students, particularly in the areas of early literacy development, vocabulary, and academic language development through interactive reading and related activities. Students need excellent teachers who are supported with effective professional development and ongoing support from literacy specialists and instructional coaches, and so my research also explores aspects of teaching and leadership. I enjoy collaborating with others to advance my research agenda. I currently have multiple projects in various stages of data collection and analysis:
1. I'm investigating literacy coaching development, examining the processes through which teachers learn to become literacy leaders.
2. I'm exploring the types and amounts of early childhood literacy and elementary reading instruction in schools with Mason colleagues Leslie LaCroix, Holly Klee, as well as Kristin Conradi Smith at the College of William and Mary and Margaret Vaughn at Washington State University.
3. I'm exploring elementary students' engagement to read fiction and nonfiction with a diverse team of researchers across the United States.
4. I'm investigating the effects of longitudinal literacy professional development with a diverse team of Mason colleagues and recent Mason graduates.
5. I'm exploring adaptability in teachers' instruction as a way to build their awareness of effective teaching that meets students' identified needs. This work is part of a larger research agenda led by Mason colleague Seth Parsons.
In order to be a more effective professor, I find it important to study my own teaching and learning through self-study. Much of my research employs design-based research methods, surveys, and qualitative methods.
Parsons, A. W., Samaras, A. P., *Dalbec, B., Constantine, L. S., & Evmenova, A., (in press). Facilitators’ self-study of a virtual adjunct faculty self-study collaborative. Studying Teacher Education.
Parsons, A. W. & Irish, C (2021). Print and text-rich classrooms. In S.A. Parsons & M. Vaughn (Eds). Principles of effective literacy instruction, K-5. Guilford
Hjalmarson, M., Parsons, & A. W. (2021). Conjectures, cycles, and contexts: A systematic review of design-based research in engineering education. Studies in Engineering Education on Theory and Methods in Engineering Education, 1(2). pp. 142-155. https://doi.org/10.21061/see.35
Hjalmarson, M., Parsons, A. W., Parsons, S. A., & Hutchison, A. C. (2021). Design-based research and publication challenges. In Z. Philippakos, A. Pellegrino, & E. Howell (Eds.), Design-based research in education: Theory and applications. Guilford
Irish, C. & Parsons, A. W. (2021). Educational reform policies. In R. Rycroft & K. Kinsley (Eds). Inequality in America: Causes and Consequences. ABC-CLIO
*Ives, S. T., Parsons, S. A., Parsons, A. W., Robertson, D. A., Young, C., Polk, L., & Daoud, N. (2020). Students’ reading motivation and genre preferences: Validating two scales. Reading Psychology.https://doi.org/10.1080/02702711.2020.1783143
Coogle, C. G., Parsons, A. W., Ott, J. R., & LaCroix, L. (2020). A comparison of dialogic reading, modeling, and dialogic reading plus modeling. Infants and Young Children, 33(2), pp. 119-131. doi: 10.1097/IYC.0000000000000162
Ankrum, J. W., Morewood, A., Parsons, S. A., Vaughn, M. A., Parsons, A. W., Hawkins, P. (2020). Documenting adaptive literacy instruction: The adaptive teaching observation protocol. Reading Psychology, 41, 71-86.https://doi.org/10.1080/02702711.2020.1726845
Parsons, A. W., Parsons, S. A., Dodman, S. L., Ramirez, E.* Nuland, L. R*., Pierczynski, M.*, & Caufman, R.* (2019). A literacy professional development initiative in an urban elementary school: Year 2 of a longitudinal design-based study. Journal of Educational Research, 112, 447-462. https://doi.org/10.1080/00220671.2018.1552915
Parsons, A. W. & Hathaway, J. I. (2019). Video based coding tools to guide reflection. In R. Karchmer-Klein & K. Pytash (Eds.). Effective practices in online teacher preparation for literacy educators. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
Parsons, S. A., Hutchison, A., Hall, L. C., Parsons, A. W., Samantha T. Ives, & Alicia Bruyning Leggett (2019). Teachers’ perceptions of online professional development: A national survey. Teaching and Teacher Education, 82, 33-42. doi: 10.1016/j.tate.2019.03.006
- Assessment and Differentiation (EDCI 545)
- Literacy Teaching and Learning in Diverse Elementary Classrooms I (EDCI 555)
- Literacy Teaching and Learning in Diverse Elementary Classrooms II (EDCI 556)
- Research and Assessment in Elementary Education (EDCI 559)
- Professional Development in Elementary, Literacy, and Secondary Education (EDPD 502)
- Literacy in Fine Arts, Health, and Physical Education (EDRD 300)
- Facilitating Literacy in School or Community Settings (EDRD 301)
- Literacy in Fine Arts, Health, and Physical Education (EDRD 501)
- Literacy Foundations and Instruction for Diverse Populations: Birth through Middle Childhood (EDRD 630)
- Literacy Foundations and Instruction for Diverse Populations: Adolescence Through Adulthood (EDRD 631)
- Literacy Assessments and Interventions for Groups (EDRD 632)
- Literacy Assessments and Interventions for Individuals (EDRD 633)
- School-Based Leadership in Literacy (EDRD 634)
- School-Based Inquiry in Literacy (EDRD 635)
- Collaboration and Communication in Literacy Coaching (EDRD 681)
- Creating Change through Data-Oriented Coaching (EDRD 682)
- Theory, Research, and Practice in Literacy: Birth through Middle Childhood (EDRD 830)
- Advanced Research Methods in Self-Study of Professional Practice (EDRS 825)
- Independent Study for the Doctor of Philosophy in Education (EDUC 897)
- Advanced Internship in Education (EDUC 994)
- Doctoral Dissertation Proposal (EDUC 998)
- Doctoral Dissertation Research (EDUC 999)
- Children's Literature for Teaching in Diverse Settings (ELED 358)
- Emergent and Early Literacy (ELED 410)
- Literacy Teaching and Learning in Diverse Elementary Classrooms I (ELED 555)
- Literacy Teaching and Learning in Diverse Elementary Classrooms II (ELED 556)