Dale M. Willows
Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study
My research interests are in normal reading and writing processes as well as in the causes of difficulties and disabilities. My practical work is focused on literacy education in classroom instruction and on reading/writing assessment and intervention for children and adolescents with learning disabilities. My research involves multidimensional longitudinal studies of the impact of various factors in pre-service and in-service teacher education in the area of literacy. A particular focus of my work at the present time is on knowledge mobilization, putting literacy research into practice through an evidence-informed website and examining uses of these internet resources as a tool for professional development.
Basic processes in reading and writing
Reading/writing difficulties and disabilities
Classroom reading and writing instruction
Assessment and intervention for learning disabilities
Pre-service and in-service teacher preparation in literacy education
The internet as a tool for professional development.
Corcos, E. & Willows, D. M. (2009). Processing words varying in personal familiarity (based on reading and spelling) by poor readers and age-matched and reading-matched controls. Remedial and Special Education 30 (4), 195-206. doi: 10.1177/0741932508315377.
Kruk, R. S., Sumbler, K. & Willows, D. M. (2008). Visual processing characteristics of children with Meares-Irlen Syndrome. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, 28, 35–46.
Terepocki, M., Kruk, R. S., & Willows, D. M. (2002). The incidence and causes of letter orientation errors in reading disability. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 35 (3). 214-233.
Ehri, L., Nunes, S., Stahl, S., & Willows, D. M. (2001). Systematic phonics instruction helps students learn to read. Review of Educational Research, 71 (3), 393-447.
Ehri, L., Nunes, S., Willows, D. M., Schuster, B., Yaghoub-Zadeh, Z., & Shanahan, T. (2001). Phonemic awareness instruction helps children learn to read. Reading Research Quarterly, 36 (3), 250-287. (Reprinted in web version of Theoretical Models and Processes of Reading, 2004.)
Willows, D. M., Kruk, R., & Corcos, E. (Eds.) (1993). Visual Processes in Reading and Reading Disabilities. Hillsdale, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Pp. 506.
Willows, D. M. & Houghton, H. A. (Eds.) (1987). The Psychology of Illustration: Basic Research (Volume 1). New York: Springer-Verlag. Pp. 214.
Houghton, H. A. & Willows, D. M. (Eds.) (1987). The Psychology of Illustration: Instructional Issues (Volume 2). New York: Springer-Verlag. Pp. 196.
Early Reading Strategy: A Report of the Expert Panel on Early Reading in Ontario (2003). Ontario Ministry of Education Publication.
Report of the National Reading Panel: Teaching Children to Read(2000). National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, USA Government.