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Dutro, Elizabeth Professor


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research overview

  • Dr. Dutro’s research has investigated literacy education from children’s experiences in high-poverty classrooms and teachers' collaborative learning, to the standards-based policies that impact those experiences. These research studies are linked by a commitment to equity, particularly for those children who have been least well-served by public schools. The primary strand of her research is driven by questions about the intersections of literacy, identity, life experiences, and children’s and youth’s opportunities for positive, sustained, and productive relationships with schooling. She is particularly investigating issues of trauma in schools. She has conducted intensive qualitative investigations of classrooms in four state contexts. Her findings emphasize the consequences of children’s encounters with schoolfor their social and academic positioning and opportunities to achieve success in in US schools.


  • literacy studies, critical theory, feminist theory, children and poverty, race, class, gender, qualitative research, teacher learning


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courses taught

  • EDUC 2150 - Education in Film
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Provides opportunities to view and analyze how facets of education are represented (or misrepresented) in film. Considers narratives constructed about education and how those stories fuel popular conceptions of and assumptions about students, teachers, and schools. Examines how issues of race, class, and gender are embedded in how films represent schools, teachers, students, and communities.
  • EDUC 4321 - Writing Instruction for Elementary Schools
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Participants will engage theories and processes of literacy learning, writing development, and equity-oriented teaching. Students will learn, develop, and enact instructional strategies and lessons to support all students' successful participation in a range of multimodal literacy practices embedded in writing instruction in elementary classrooms.


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