- Ph. D., Michigan State University, Educational Psychology and Educational Technology With a Language and Literacy option
- B.A., New College of California, Humanities with an emphasis in creative writing
Laura M. Jiménez’s research has thus far focused on adolescent reading comprehension and reading motivation. She is intrigued by the ways various elements – the purpose, the person and the text – of any given reading event interact to influence reading comprehension. This focus has resulted in a research agenda that includes readers, texts, and teacher education.
Dr. Jiménez’s dissertation, “Experts Making Sense of Graphic Novels,” is an aptly-named study of expert graphic novel and expert print-dominant novel readers comprehending graphic novels. The analysis focused on attention shifts, meta-cognitive reading strategies, and the time readers took to understand the texts.
Teaching pre-service educators as well as teachers who are established in the classroom is a great responsibility. With a focus on literature and learners, Dr. Jiménez believes it is her responsibility to provide a variety of avenues and opportunities for students to actively engage with Children’s and Young Adult literature, and to keep the diversity of students in the K-12 classroom in mind. Keeping students interested, engaged, and invested is paramount; as such, Dr. Jimenez models the kind of classroom experience that is cognitively flexible, vibrant, challenging, and fun.
- Jiménez, L.M. (2014, April). Negotiating Graphic Novels: An Analysis of Expert Readers’ Metacognitive Strategies. An accepted paper presented at the AERA Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
- Jiménez, L.M. (2013, December) Inside the Box: Expert Readers Attention Patterns in Graphic Novels. Accepted paper to Literacy Research Association annual conference, Dallas, TX.
- Jiménez, L.M. (2013, November) Going graphica: Diverse contexts, shared purposes. National Council of Teachers of English annual conference, Boston, MA.
- Jiménez, L.M., Wargo, J., and McIlhagga, K.K.A. . (2013, November) “I Just Can’t Go There”: Examining Preservice teacher responses to LGBTQ Literature. National Council of Teachers of English annual conference, Boston, MA.
- Jiménez, L.M. (2013, April) Visual attention mapping: Expert readers journey across the graphic novel page. Roundtable presentation AERA Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA. Norman, R.R. and Jiménez, L. M. (2011, December). Readers Creating Narratives: Making a Story out of a Picture. Literacy Research Association, Jacksonville, Florida.
- Jiménez, L. M. (2011, December). Applying research in the classroom: Beyond a common text. Alternative session presentation, Learning about Literacy in Pre-service and In-service Settings: Research and Developments from the Literacy Achievement Research Center, Literacy Research Association, Jacksonville, Florida.
- Jiménez, L. M. (2011, April). Interest Matters: Fourth-Graders Reading Multiple High- and Low-Interest Texts. AERA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana.
- Jiménez, L. M. (2010, August). Accidentally stereotyping: White readers reading multicultural texts. The American Psychological Association, San Diego, California.
- Jiménez, L. M. (2010, April) Comprehending Captain Underpants: A content analysis for good reading in bad books. Bright Ideas Spring Conference on the English Language Arts, East Lansing, Michigan.
- Jiménez, L. M. (2010, March). Defending Captain Underpants. Michigan State University Graduate Academic Conference, East Lansing, Michigan.
- Jiménez, L. M. (2009, October). Praise and vilification: A Comparative Reading of Ramona the Pest and Junie B. Jones. Midwest Popular Culture Association and Midwest American Culture Association Conference, Detroit, MI.
- Jiménez, L. M. (2009, October). A Place for Inappropriate Literature in the Classroom. Midwest Popular Culture Association and Midwest American Culture Association Conference, Detroit, MI.
- Jiménez, L. M. and McIlhagga, K.K.A., (2013). Books for Young Readers: Strategic Selection of Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Journal of Education, 193(3).
Jiménez, L. M. and McIlhagga, K.K.A., (2013). Books for Young Readers: Strategic Selection of Children’s and Young Adult Literature.Journal of Education, 193(3).