Presented by the Literacy Research Association #LRA2021

The Arthur Applebee Award for Excellence in Research on Literacy is presented annually to honor an outstanding article in literacy research published in a refereed journal in the previous calendar year. Amanda Kibler (Professor in the OSU College of Education) and her co-authors, Judy Paulick, Natalia Palacios and Tatiana Hill received the award for their recent research article, Shared Book Reading and Bilingual Decoding in Latinx Immigrant Homes, published in the Journal of Literacy Research. This ethnographic study identified recurring literacy practices in which mothers, older siblings, and younger children participated during shared reading in the home. The researchers found that families engaged in context-sensitive and cooperative shared reading practices around decoding that the authors describe as “transcultural decoding.” These findings highlight decoding as a cultural and social practice rather than simply a technical skill, and one to which immigrant families bring significant and varied expertise.

This award was presented at the LRA conference in Atlanta, GA on December 2, 2021.

Award details:

The Arthur Applebee Award for Excellence in Research on Literacy is presented in memory of Professor Arthur N. Applebee (University at Albany – SUNY Distinguished), internationally renowned for his seminal scholarship in the fields of literacy and language learning.

Author bios:

Amanda K. Kibler is a professor at Oregon State University’s College of Education. Her research focuses on the interactional and ecological contexts through which multilingual children and adolescents develop language and literacy expertise, as well as the ways teachers understand these processes.

Judy Paulick is an assistant professor of elementary education at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on supporting preservice and in-service teachers to engage in solidarity with culturally and linguistically marginalized families and to use what they learn from families to inform culturally sustaining classroom literacy practices.

Natalia Palacios is an associate professor of Education in the Educational Psychology – Applied Developmental Sciences program at the University of Virginia’s School of Education and Human Development. Her research explores the familial and instructional process that support children’s academic and socio-emotional development during the transition to school and the early elementary period, with an emphasis on families and children from minoritized backgrounds.

Tatiana Hill is Evaluation Analyst on the Strategic Information and Planning Team at the First 5 Contra Costa Children and Families Commission in Contra Costa County, California. She currently focuses on research and evaluation of local early childhood and family-serving programs and systems, with a culturally responsive and equitable evaluation lens.

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