Maren Aukerman, PhD
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Werklund School of Education, Specialization, Curriculum and Learning
Werklund Research Professor
Werklund School of Education
Doctor of Philosophy , Univ. of Calif. - Berkeley, 2004
M.A. , Univ. of Calif. - Berkeley, 2000
B.A. , Williams College, 1992
Already known to teachers at the high school she attended for raising questions about prevailing educational practices, Maren Aukerman began her formal career in education as a bilingual Spanish/English teacher in Arizona, where she taught immigrant children in elementary and middle school. She completed her doctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley and subsequently held faculty appointments at the University of Pennsylvania and at Stanford University before joining the faculty at the University of Calgary in 2017. Dr. Aukerman’s interests include literacy, classroom discourse, qualitative research methods, and re-envisioning teaching to better serve children and democracy.
Professional & Community Affiliations
Maren Aukerman sits on the editorial review board of Reading Research Quarterly, Research in the Teaching of English, and the Journal of Literacy Research. She has served as a reviewer for the Spencer Foundation (Large and Small Grants divisions), a faculty representative on the Alberta Advisory Committee for Educational Studies, and and as an adjudicator for the National Council for Teachers of English Alan Purves Award Committee. Dr. Aukerman relishes collaborative work with teachers, and has facilitated professional development projects in early literacy, adolescent literacy, and disciplinary literacy (e.g., reading in math and science)
Areas of Research
Dr. Aukerman’s research focuses on the relationship between talk, child agency, and literacy learning among children/youth and their teachers. She is particularly interested in how teachers engage with children’s non-standard interpretations of text, and how children’s meaning-making can become more honored and valued as a resource within classrooms. Dr. Aukerman’s additional areas of inquiry include sociocultural conceptualizations of reading comprehension; how second-language learners make sense of text through classroom dialogue; the affordances of various genres, modes, and media for shared textual inquiry by child and adolescent readers; and documenting change over time in children’s participation in classroom talk about text.
- Reconceptualizing literacy learning
- Reading comprehension
- Dialogic and multimodal literacy pedagogies
- Child and adolescent sense-making about the media
- Bilingual/second language literacy
- Children's responses to literature
- Elementary and middle years education
|Course number||Course title||Semester|
|EDUC 46003 SEC 01 S01||Splz'n I Elem Engl Lang Arts||2021|
- Canadian and American Youth Perspectives on Media Related to COVID-19
- Werklund Research Professorship, Werklund School of Education. 2020
- Dina Feitelson Research Award “to recognize an outstanding empirical study, published in English in a refereed journal.” , International Literacy Association. 2018
- Faculty Teaching Award, 2013, 2017, Stanford Graduate School of Education .
- Albert J. Harris Award for “journal article or monograph that makes an outstanding contribution to our understanding of the prevention or assessment of reading or learning disabilities.”, International Reading Association. 2009
- National Academy of Education/Spencer Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2008,
- Aukerman, M. & Chambers Schuldt, L.. Reading Research Quarterly. (2021)
- Aukerman, M.; and Boyd, M.. Routledge. (2020)
- Aukerman M., Grovet, K, and Belfatti, M.. Language Arts. 286-299. (2019)
- Aukerman, M., Chambers Schuldt, L., Aiello, L. & Martin, P.. Harvard Educational Review. 482-511. (2017)
In the News
- Too much missing in Alberta’s draft language arts curriculum . Edmonton Journal. (2021)
- Is Alberta's draft curriculum for K-6 really knowledge-rich? . Calgary Herald. (2021)
- Alberta’s New Draft Curriculum. Alberta at Noon, CBC Radio. (2021)
- Seek to Understand: Respectful and Dialogic Teaching. Founder and administrator of Facebook group on respectful teaching. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1699121830362630
- What does it mean for children to flourish in schools in the present tense? (2021). In Re-imagining the Past, Present, and Future of Education in Alberta: An Evening of Dialogue. Invited Speaker. University of Calgary https://werklund.ucalgary.ca/reimagining-education
- Voice of Literacy Podcast (2016) http://www.voiceofliteracy.org/posts/64664