We are gathering a robust collection of scholarly work informed by, building on, or responding to the contributions of P. David Pearson.

Our goal is to build and maintain a website that all of us—and our students—can use in the future.

The “Webfestschrift” is a collection resources related to each of the major themes of the PDP Festschrift Symposium held on June 30, 2018:

  • The Nature of Comprehension
  • Comprehension Instruction
  • Comprehension Assessment
  • Teacher Learning and Comprehension
  • The Stuff of Comprehension: Reader, Text, and Context

Along with these themes, we welcome papers on other related topics, including:

  • Comprehension and English Learners
  • Comprehension as Critique
  • Comprehension and Composition
  • Policies that Impact Comprehension Development
  • Comprehension and Underserved Students


Follow up to last session at the Festschrift Symposium

From Carolyn James:  At the end of the discussions on Saturday, I meant to add this to the twitter feed as it relates to some of the words on literacy, activism, etc.. It's Dana Boyd's talk from SXSWEdu--if you haven't seen it, buckle up 'cause it's a tough listen, but so...

Enhancing the Interpretive Reading and Analytical Writing of Mainstreamed English Learners in Secondary School…Olson CB, Kim JS, Scarcella R, Kramer J, Pearson M, van Dyk DA, Collins P, Land RE (2012).

From Carol Booth Olson: David's work on the reading/writing connection had a major impact on the UCI Writing Project. Specifically, Tierney and Pearson's landmark article "A Composing Model of Reading" which suggests that reading and writing are reciprocal processes of meaning construction helped us to develop a cognitive strategies text-based...

The link between standard and dual language teachers’ Spanish literacy instruction and ue of formative assessments. García, G. E. & Lang, M. G. (2018).

[pdf-embedder url="http://festschrift.pdavidpearson.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/The-link-between-standards-and-dual-language-teachers-Spanish-literacy-instruction-and-use-of-formative-assessments-5b366daa9a4f1.pdf"]This article was submitted by Joey García. After re-reading the 1994 García & Pearson article on assessment and diversity, I realized the relevance of the 2018 article to several of the questions that David and I asked at the end of the 1994 article. In the 2018 article, my...

Three Children, Two Languages, and Strategic Reading: Case Studies in Bilingual/Monolingual Reading. Jiménez, R. T., Garcia, G. E., & Pearson, P. D. (1995).

[pdf-embedder url="http://festschrift.pdavidpearson.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/AERJ-1995-Jimenez-Garcia-Pearson-5b344303e3347.pdf"]This article also was derived from Bob Jiménez's dissertation. It provided qualitative case studies of a successful Latina student's reading comprehension strategies in English compared to those of a less successful Latino student and a successful Anglo student's reading comprehension strategies. The findings showed that although the successful Latina...

The reading strategies of bilingual Latina/o students who are successful English readers: Opportunities and obstacles. Jiminéz, R. T., García, G. E., & Pearson, P. D. (1996).

[pdf-embedder url="http://festschrift.pdavidpearson.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Jimenez-Garcia-Pearson-1996-5b3440ca1f564.pdf"]This article was submitted by Joey (Georgia) Garcia to accompany the 1994 publication entitled "Assessment and Diversity." David was Bob's Ph.D. adviser, and Joey was his thesis director. The actual publication was derived from Bob's dissertation. The findings were from qualitative think-alouds in which Bob, as a bilingual researcher,...

Learning: A process of enculturation into the community’s practices. Kong, A., & Pearson, P. D. (2005)

[pdf-embedder url="http://festschrift.pdavidpearson.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Kong-Pearson-2005-Learning_A-process-of-enculturation-5b3050a40662f.pdf"] From Ailing Kong This piece is the talk that David and I gave at the 2004 NCTE Annual Conference upon receiving the Alan C. Purves Award from NCTE. In this talk, we shared how I was mentored into the educational research community and the important role played by...

Skills management systems: A critique. Johnson, D. D., & Pearson, P. D. (1975)

Dale Johnson and I wrote this 1975 piece in the heyday of Skills Management Systems like Wisconsin Design and Fountain Valley, all of which managed kids' journey through a labyrinth of sub-skill tests and practice dittoes (before photo duplication), one skill after another after another.  We critiqued these early attempts...