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Paula J. Schwanenflugel

  • Professor, Department of Educational Psychology (Applied Cognition and Development)

  • On-Site Instructor, Professional Development School District

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Areas of Expertise

  • child development
  • psycholinguistics
  • educational psychology
  • reading education

Research Interests

  • reading fluency
  • vocabulary
  • psychology of reading

Research Summary

My recent investigations have engaged two topics related to literacy development. One topic of focus has centered on classroom practices for enhancing the foundational literacy skills in preschool and kindergarten children, particularly related to enhancing vocabulary skills of children who enter school with insufficient language skills (Ruston and Schwanenflugel, 2010; Schwanenflugel, Hamilton, Neuharth-Pritchett, Restrepo, Bradley, Webb, 2010). I have recently co-authored a classroom vocabulary and oral language program that was shown to be effective by a large federal randomized field trial (Hamilton and Schwanenflugel, 2011). A second topic of my research focus has centered on reading theory, assessment, and pedagogical practices for the development of reading fluency (Schwanenflugel, Kuhn, Morris, Morrow, Meisinger, Woo, and Quirk, 2009; Schwanenflugel, Westmoreland, and Benjamin, 2013).


Degree Concentration Institution Year
PhD Psychology University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana 1983