A Conversation with Rob Tierney

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Dr. Robert J. Tierney talks to us about waves of thinking in education research, students as agents of change, and crossing borders in new ways by considering our approach to ideas. Rob is known for his work in the areas of reading and the reading-writing connection, theories of literacy instruction and research, and teaching, learning, and researching with digital literacies, and global knowledge mobilization. He has worked in the United States, Canada, Australia, and China. Rob has published numerous books and scholarly articles focused on literacy education, teacher development, cross-national educational research, educational assessment and equity. He recently published A History of Literacy Instruction: Waves of Research and Practice with well-known literacy scholar and former Classroom Caffeine guest, P. David Pearson. Rob currently serves as the President of the Board of the International Literacy Association. Rob is Professor Emeritus and Dean Emeritus of the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia.


Education research has a problem. The work of brilliant education researchers often doesn’t reach the practice of brilliant teachers. Classroom Caffeine is here to help. Each week, I invite a top education researcher to sit down and talk with teachers about what they have learned from years of study.

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