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Laurie MacGillivray
Professor, Instruction Curriculum Leadership
Email: lmcgllvr@memphis.edu
Office Location: 416B Ball Hall
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Profile

Laurie MacGillivray is a professor in the Department for Instruction, Curriculum and Leadership at the University of Memphis.  Her research over the past dozen years has focused on literacy practices in and out of schools in urban areas. She has worked with elementary children in traditional and multiage classrooms, the families of these ethnically diverse students, first generation Latina teachers and other school-based educators, multiethnic teen-agers, and mothers and children living in homeless shelters.  By examining literacy from these multiple perspectives, she has been seeking to improve education in urban schools.

She recently edited a volume entitled, "Literacy in Times of Crisis: Perspectives and Practices." Her work on the literacy practices of families who are homeless has been published in The Reading Teacher and Urban Education. She has published in other top journals including  Journal of Literacy Research, Journal of Latinos in Education, and Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.  She has also published her own teacher research in journals such as Curriculum Theory, Teacher Education Quarterly, and Action in Teacher Education.  She is a currently on the review board of The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and The Reading Teacher.  

 

  

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 Class Resources and Publications 

Journal Articles
  • Yaden, D. B., Smolkin, L. B., MacGillivray, L. (1993). A Piagetian interpretation of children’s understanding of letter associations during alphabet book reading.  Journal of Reading Behavior, 25 (1), 43-68. 
  • Yaden, D. B., & MacGillivray, L., Way, R. D., & Villareal, J. (1994).  Authentic literacy assessment:  NASA technology addressing adult literacy.  Computers in the Schools, 2, 73-84. 
  • MacGillivray, L., & Hawes, S. (1994). “I don’t know what I’m doing, they all start with ‘B’:” Children negotiating peer reading interactions.  The Reading Teacher, 48, 210-217.  
  • MacGillivray, L. (1994). Tacit shared understandings of a first grade writing community.   Journal of Reading Behavior, 26 (2), 245-266. 
  • MacGillivray, L. (1994). Juggling as a metaphor for learning to composing. The California Reader, 28, 10-14. 
  • MacGillivray, L. (1995).  Teacher research.  In J. Lemlech (Ed.), Teachers and principals at work: Becoming a professional leader (pp.117-140).  New York:  Scholastic.  
  • MacGillivray, L., Tse, L., & McQuillan, J. (1995).  Second language and literacy teachers consider literature circles:  A play. Journal of Reading, 39, 36-44. 
  •  MacGillivray, L., & King, J. (1995).  Inside/out:  Talking and questioning our teaching selves through email exchanges. In K. Hinchman, D. Leu, & C. Kinzer (Eds.), National Reading Conference Yearbook (pp. 407-416). Chicago: National Reading Conference. 
  • Freppon, P., &  MacGillivray, L. (1996).  Imagining self as teacher:  Preservice teachers’ creations of personal profiles of self as first year teacher. Teacher Education Quarterly, 23, 19-33. 
  • MacGillivray, L. (1997). “I’ve seen you read:” Reading strategies in a first grade classroom.  Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 11, 135-146.  
  • MacGillivray, L. (1997). Do what I say, not what I do: An instructor rethinks her own teaching and research. Curriculum Theory, 27(4), 469-488. 
  • Carspecken, P., & MacGillivray, L.  (1998). Raising consciousness about reflection, validity, and meaning.  In O. Shacklock & J. Smyth (Eds.), Being reflective in critical educational and social research (pp. 171-190). London: Falmer Press.
  • MacGillivray, L., & Martinez, A. M. (1998).  Princesses who commit suicide: Primary children writing within and against gender stereotypes.  Journal of Literacy Research, 30 (1), 53-84. 
  • Yaden, D., Rowe, D., & MacGillivray, L.  (1999). Emergent literacy (Technical Report No. 1-005).  Ann Arbor, MI:  University of Michigan, Graduate School of Education, Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement. [peer reviewed by representatives of the federal grant] 
  • Yaden, D., Rowe, D., & MacGillivray, L.  (2000).  Emergent literacy.  In M. Kamil, P. Mosenthal, P. D. Pearson , & R. Barr (Eds.), Handbook of Reading Research, Volume III.  Mahwah, NJ:  Erlbaum.   
  • MacGillivray, L., & Freppon, P. A.  (2000). Reflections over time:  Preservice teachers’ images of their first year of teaching.  Action in Teacher Education, 22 (2), 122-132. 
  • Davis, J. B., & MacGillivray, L. (2001).  Life lessons from adolescent books with teen parents. English Journal, 90, 90-96.          
  • Rueda, R., MacGillivray, L., Monzo, L., & Arzubiaga, A. (2001). Engaged reading: A multi-level approach to considering sociocultural factors with diverse learners. (Research Report No. 1-012). Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan, Graduate School of Education, Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement. [peer reviewed by representatives of the federal grant] 
     
  • Rueda, R., MacGillivray, L., Monzo, L., & Arzubiaga, A. (2001).  Engaged reading: A multi-level approach to considering sociocultural factors with diverse learners. In D. McInerny & S. VanEtten (Eds.), Research on socio-cultural influences on motivation and learning (pp. 233-264). Information Age Publishing, Inc. 
  • Walker, N. T., MacGillivray, L., & Aguilar, J. A.  (2001). Negotiating higher education: Latina teachers’ memories of striving for success (Research Report No. 3-010).  Ann Arbor, MI:  University of Michigan, Graduate School of Education, Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement. [peer reviewed by representatives of the federal grant]
  • Orellana, M., Monkman, K., & MacGillivray, L. (2002). Parents and teachers talk about literacy and success. CIERA Report No. 3-020. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan, Graduate School of Education, Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement.  [peer reviewed by representatives of the federal grant] 
     
  • MacGillivray, L., Aguilar, J., & Walker, N. (2002). Latina educators and school discourse: Dealing with tension onthe path to success.  CIERA Technical Report 3-018. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan, Graduate School of education, Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement. [peer reviewed by representatives of the federal grant] 
     
  • Aguilar, J. A., MacGillivray, L., & Walker, N. T. (2003). Latina educators and school discourse:  Dealing with tension on the path to success. Journal of Latinos and Education, 2, 89-100.  
  • Monkman, K., MacGillivray, L., & Leyva, C. (2003). Literacy on three planes: Infusing social justice and culture into classroom instruction. Bilingual Research Journal, 27, 245-258. 
  • MacGillivray, L., Ardell, A. L., Curwen, M. S., Palma, J. (2004). Colonized teachers: Examining the implementation of a scripted reading program. Teaching Education, 15(2), 131-144.  
  • MacGillivray, L. & Rueda, R. (2004).  Listening to inner city teachers of English language learners: Differentiating literacy instruction.  In F. Boyd (Ed.), Multicultural and multilingual literacy and language practices. New York: Guildford Publications, Inc.  
  • MacGillivray, L., & Curwen, M. (2007). Tagging as a social literacy practice. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 50(5), 354-369.   
  • MacGillivary, L., Ardell, A., & Curwen, M.  (2009). Libraries, churches and schools: Literate lives of homeless women and children. Urban Education (45) 221-245.
       
  • MacGillivray, L. (2010).  "Hallelujah!” Bible-based Literacy Practices of Children Living in a Homeless Shelter. In MacGillivray, L. (Ed.) Literacy in Times of Crisis. New York: Routledge.    
  • MacGillivray, L., Ardell, A., & Curwen, M. (2010). Supporting the Literacy Development of Children Living in Homeless Shelters. The Reading Teacher, 63(5), 384–392.

     
  • Heise, D. & MacGillivray, L. (2011). Implementing an art program for children in a homeless shelter. Studies in Art Education, 52(4), 323-336  
  • Henward, A. & MacGillivray, L. (2012) “It’s a combination of the Bible and what’s in your heart”: Unresolvable tensions and contested narratives in a southern child care center. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing.
  • Heise, D. & MacGillivray, L. (in press). Fostering resilience in an intergenerational art and literacy program. Intersection of Art and Special Education. A Publication of the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.
  • Henward, A. & MacGillivray, L. (under review) Preschool Girls as Bricoleurs: Poaching Horror and Gendered Discourses. Gender and Education.
Presentations
  • MacGillivray, L. (1993, December). Teaching and learning critical literacy: An instructor rethinks her own assumptions. In J. Niles (Chair), Looking critically at our own teaching: Sharing power in undergraduate literacy classes. Paper presented at the 43th Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference, Charleston, SC.  
  • Henward, A. & MacGillvray, L. (1213, April). Preschool girls taking up horror. AERA Annual Meeting:San Francisco.
  • MacGillivray, L., Curwen, M., & Ardell, A. (2012, December). Violence, Poverty and Addiction: Responding to Literature in a Book Club at a Homeless Shelter for Mothers in Recovery. Paper presented at the Literacy Research Association Conference: San Diego,CA.
  • MacGillivray, L. (1994, November).  Insight or mis-sight:  Examining qualitative research processes in a study of primary children’s home and school literacy interactions.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English Research Assembly, Orlando, FL.
  • MacGillivray, L.  (1993, April).  Shared understandings about creating meaning in a literacy community.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Reading Association, San Antonio, TX.
  • King, J., & MacGillivray, L.  (1994, November).  Inside/outside: Talking and questioning our teaching selves.  Paper presented at the 44th Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • MacGillivray, L.  (1994, November).  The relationship between feminism and teaching in the academy:  One woman’s journey.  Paper presented at the 44th Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • MacGillivray, L., & Freppon, P.  (1995, April).  Imagining self as teacher:  Preservice teachers’ creations of personal profiles of self as first year teacher.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • MacGillivray, L. (1995, April).  Do what I say, not what I do: An instructor rethinks her own teaching and research.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • MacGillivray, L. (1995, November).  To gather or not to gather: Selective data collection during home literacy observations.  Paper presented at the 44th Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • MacGillivray, L. (1995, November).  Hit and run activism. Paper presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference, New Orleans, LA. 
  • MacGillivray, L., & Freppon, P. (1996, November). Reflections over time:  Preservice teachers’  images of their first year of teaching. Paper presented at the 46th Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference, Charleston, SC.
  • MacGillivray, L., Martinez, A. & Simonsen, H.  (1996, October). “Girls look silly when they play baseball!” “Boys can’t play Chinese jump-rope!": What happens when feminist researchers get a chance to teach. Paper presented at the AERA SIG’s Research on Women in Education Conference, San Diego, CA. 
  • MacGillivray, L. (1997, March). Inner city parents' beliefs about literacy.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL. 
  • MacGillivray, L. (1997, November). Inner city parents and literacy: What do parents  believe and what does this mean for classroom instruction?  Paper presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference, Scottsdale, AZ.
  • MacGillivray, L. (1997, November). Boys, bodies, and blood: Learning masculinity in a literacy classroom.  Paper presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference, Scottsdale, AZ. 
  • Yaden, D., Rueda, R., MacGillivray, L., & Orellana, M. (1998, February). Fostering emergent literacy in a bilingual preschool setting. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English Research Assembly Midwinter Conference, Sociocultural Views of Literacy: Creating Communities of Learners, Los Angeles, CA. 
  • MacGillivray, L., & Martinez, A.  (1998, May). Literacy research: Home tours with young children.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.
  • MacGillivray, L., Leyva, K., & Monkman, K.  (1999) Collaboration with reading educators: Setting the stage for success.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the California Reading Association, San Diego, CA.  
  • MacGillivray, L., Orellana, M. F., Monkman, K., & Rueda, R. (1999, April).  Parents and teachers from an inner city immigrant community talk about literacy and success.  Paper presented at the  annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. 
  • Walker, N., & MacGillivray, L. (June, 1999). Latina teachers: Outsiders within teacher education.  Paper presented at Reclaiming Voices Conference, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Walker, N., Aguilar, J., & MacGillivray, L. (December, 1999).  How early experiences in reading and writing influence Latina educators/paraeducators’ views of English literacy.   Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Reading Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Aguilar, J., Walker, N., & MacGillivray, L.  (December, 1999).  Latina educators: Finding a place in higher education.  Paper presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Rueda, R., MacGillivray, L., & Vargas, E.  (2000, May).  Research vs. administrative issues and considerations in school change for English language learners: A case study.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Reading Association, Indianapolis, IN. 
  • Rueda, R., & MacGillivray, L.  (2000, May).  Latina teachers talk about their own early reading:  What we can learn about teaching reading to English language learners?  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Reading Association, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Aguilar, J., MacGillivray, L., & Walker, N.  (2000, April).  Latina educators and dominant school discourses:  The costs of success. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Rueda, R., MacGillivray, L., Arzubiaga, A., & Monzo, L.  (2000, November).  Reading engagement and motivation to read:  A multi-level approach.  Paper presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference, Scottsdale, AZ. 
  • Monzo, L., & MacGillivray, L. (2000, December). Gender, culture, and literacy: Competing discourses in Latina mothers’ talk. Paper presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference, Scottsdale, AZ. 
  • MacGillivray, L., Walker, N. T., & Aguilar, J. A. (2000, December). Literacy learners as literacy teachers: Then and now.  Paper presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference, Scottsdale, AZ. 
  • MacGillivray, L., Aguilar, J. A., & Walker, N. T. (2000, December). School literacies and dominant school discourses: Latina educators and academic success. Paper presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference, Scottsdale, AZ. 
  • MacGillivray, L. (2000, December). (Chair and Discussant). Critical spaces in teacher education: Exploring issues of teaching and diversity through adolescent literature. Symposium conducted at the 50th Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference, Scottsdale, AZ. 
  • Rueda, R., Arzubiaga, A., Monzo, L., & MacGillivray, L. (2001, March). The relationship of Latino family’s instrumental knowledge about school. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Seattle, WA. 
  • Rueda, R., MacGillivray, L., Monzo, L., & Walker, W. (2001, December).  Early language learning and literacy experiences:  How they impact current ideology and teaching practices of Latina teachers and paraeducators.  Paper presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference, San Antonio, TX.  
  • MacGillivray, L., Skoda, J., Curwen, M. S., & Ardell, A. L. (2001, December). Implementation of a reading program: Inner-city teachers reflect. Paper presented at the 51st   Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference, San Antonio, TX. 
  • MacGillivray, L., Skoda, J., Curwen, M., & Ardell, A. L. (2002, April). “We’re more than just teachers…”:  Teacher discourses and their responses to a mandated scripted reading program. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA. 
  • MacGillivray, L., & Rueda, R. (2002, May). Early language learning and literacy experiences:  How they impact current ideology and teaching practices of Latina teachers and paraeducators. Paper presented at the International Reading Association, San Fransisco, CA.  
  • MacGillivray, L., Ardell, L. A., Curwen, M. S., & Skoda, J.  (2002, December).  “It’s all about the teacher…”: Teacher discourse and a mandated scripted reading program. Paper presented at the 52nd   Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference, Miami, FL.
  • MacGillivray, L., Curwen, M. S., Skoda, J., & Ardell, A. L. (2002, December). “If I could be a whole language teacher”: Subjugated knowledges through a mandated scripted reading program. Paper presented at the 52nd  Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference, Miami, FL. 
  • MacGillivray, L., Curwen, M. S., Skoda, J., & Ardell, A. L. (2003, May). Text, talk, and $$$: Lessons learned from taking teacher inquiry to the next step. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL. 
  • MacGillivray, L., Curwen, M. S., Ardell, A. L., & Skoda, J. (2003, December).  Alliances, bridges, and clashes: Examining conflict in teacher inquiry groups. Paper presented at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference, Scottsdale, AZ.
  • MacGillivray, L., Curwen, M., & Ardell, A. (2004, May). “So it’s not literacy…it’s reading  and writing”: Diverging definitions of “literacy” among members of a teacher inquiry group. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association. 
  • Barillas, M., & MacGillivray, L. (2004, December). Immigrant Mexicano: Adolescents' literacy discourses. Paper presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference, San Antonio, TX. 
  • MacGillivray, L., & Ardell, A. (2004, December). When "home" is a homeless shelter. Paper presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference, San Antonio, TX.    
  • MacGillivray, L., & Curwen, M. (2004, December). Tagging as a situated local literacy practice. Paper presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference, San Antonio, TX.  
  • MacGillivary, L., Ardell, A., & Curwen, M. (2005, April). Libraries, churches, and schools: Literate lives of homeless women and children. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Canada.
  • MacGillivray, L., & Curwen, M. (2005, April). Literate acts: Practices of young adult Mexican American taggers. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Canada. 
  • MacGillivray, L., Curwen, M., & Ardell, A. (2005, November). Literacy and homelessness. Paper presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the California Reading Association, Ontario, CA.   
  • Tsai, T. & MacGillivray, L. (2005, December).  The construction of gender in an Asian American adolescent girl's writing. Paper presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference, Miami, FL.   
  • Barillas, M.  & MacGillivray, L. (2007, May). For the family: One teen's self-selected digital literacy practices. Paper presented at the International Reading Association, Vancouver, Canada.    
  • Colorado, K., & MacGillivray, L. (2007, May). Siblings reading together. Paper presented at the International Reading Association, Vancouver, Canada.  
  • MacGillivray, L., Curwen, M., & Ardell, A. (2007, April). Examining institutional resources for the academic success of homeless children. Paper presented at the 2007 AERA Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois.  
  • MacGillivray, L. (2007, December). Children Living in a Homeless Shelter.  Paper presented at the National Reading Conference, San Antonio, TX.    
  • MacGillivray, L. (2007, December). (Discussant). Literacy in Times of Crisis: Four Perspectives.  Symposium conducted at the National Reading Conference, Austin, Texas. 
  • MacGillivray, L. (2008, February). Homelessness and literacy: exploring reciprocity. Paper presented at the National Conference of Teachers of English Assembly for Research, Bloomington, Indiana. 
  • MacGillivray, L & Goode, G. (2012, December). “What’s our word?” “Focus”: An Analysis of a Tutoring Program at a Family Homeless Shelter. Presented at the Literacy Research Association, San Diego, CA.