Deborah R Dillon

1985 …2018
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Research interests

My scholarship focuses addressing the opportunity or achievement gaps that impact students’ learning in grades K-12. I am most interested in understanding the role of students’ motivation to learn, innovative ways to prepare K-12 educators as effective teachers and leaders, and the creation of reading assessments that are motivating and accessible to all students. Ways I engage in research include: (a) collaborating with teachers to study literacy teaching, learning, and assessment in classroom settings; (b) studying literacy acts such as discussion and reading and writing to learn as these acts are embedded in the context of classroom lessons; and (c) sharing methodological information on how to study teaching, learning, social interactions, and educational change, using qualitative and quantitative approaches.

Research interests

  • achievement gap
  • teacher education
  • reading and literacy learning
  • educational disparities
  • opportunity gap

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Projects 2002 2018


Research on Accessible Reading Assessments

Thurlow, M. L. & Dillon, D. R.

U.S. Department of Education


Project: Research project


Research Output 1985 2013

Literacy research in the 21st century: From paradigms to pragmatism and practicality

Dillon, D. R., O'Brien, D. G. & Heilman, E., 2013, Theoretical models and processes of reading. Alvermann, D. E., Unrau, N. J. & Ruddell, R. B. (eds.). 6th Edition ed. Newark, DE: International Reading Association, p. 1104-1132

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Annotated bibliography of research in the teaching of english

Beach, R., Bigelow, M., Brendler, B., Coffino, K., Dillon, D. R., Frederick, A., Gabrielli, M., Helman, L. A., Ngo, B., O'Brien, D., Rambow, A., Scharber, C., Sethi, J., Braaksma, M., Janssen, T., Thein, A. H., Liang, L. & Stornaiuolo, A., Nov 1 2012, In : Research in the Teaching of English. 47, 2, p. 198-200 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Teaching English

Annotated bibliography of research in the teaching of English

Beach, R., Bigelow, M., Braaksma, M., Dillon, D. R., Dockter, J., Galda, L., Helman, L., Janssen, T., Jorgenson, K., Kapoor, R., Liang, L., Ngo, B., O'Brien, D., Sato, M. & Scharber, C., 2011, In : Research in the Teaching of English. 46

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Editorial: Our New Ambitions for Educational Researcher: A One-Year Progress Report

Yussen, S. R., Dillon, D. R., Harwell, M. R., Hearn, J. C. & Lawrenz, F., Jan 2011, In : Educational Researcher. 40, 1, p. 3-4 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

A new ambition for the journal

Yussen, S., Dillon, D. R., Harwell, M. R. & Hearn, J. C., Jan 1 2010, In : Educational Researcher. 39, 1, p. 3-4 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial