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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 classrooms and teachers' collaborative learning, to the standards-based policies that impact those experiences. These research studies are linked by a commitment to equity and justice, 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, poststructuralist theory, feminist theory, trauma studies, affect, children and impacts of race, class, gender, and sexuality in schools, qualitative research, teacher learning


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courses taught

  • EDUC 2150 - Education in Film
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2020
    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.
  • EDUC 4341 - Elementary Reading Assessment and Instruction
    Secondary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Builds on knowledge and teaching practices introduced in EDUC 4320. Addresses five critical components of reading. Refines understanding of research-based practices for diagnostic assessments and intervention, and teaching strategies for elementary age learners. Prepares candidates to deliver a comprehensive reading curriculum in the elementary grades.
  • EDUC 5245 - Foundations of Reading Instruction K-12
    Secondary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Comparatively analyzes current and emerging philosophies and programs in K-12 with focus on teaching reading and thinking skills.
  • EDUC 8155 - Advanced Topics in Literacy Education
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Examines special topics in theory and research related to literacy and literacy education. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.
  • EDUC 8210 - Perspectives on Classroom Teaching and Learning
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Introduces students to various theoretical perspectives informing educational research and how they are employed to study teaching, learning, and policy in K-12 classrooms. Includes reading and discussion related to the assumptions,questions, methods, and findings associated with theoretical traditions within and across disciplines.


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