Dr. Christina L. Dobbs Co-Authors New Book: Disciplinary Literacy Inquiry and Instruction

Dr. Christina L. Dobbs, assistant professor in BU Wheelock’s English Education program, has a new book out with co-authors Dr. Jacy Ippolito, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Secondary and Higher Education in the School of Education at Salem State University, and Dr. Megin Charner-Laird, Associate Professor at Salem State University. 

In Disciplinary Literacy Inquiry and Instruction, Ippolito, Dobbs, and Charner-Laird provide research-based frameworks, guiding questions and examples, and lots of stories from teachers who have already walked the path of Disciplinary Literacy Inquiry and Instruction.

“My favorite part of this new book project is that we were able to feature the work of so many teachers doing innovative work to better support students in their respective disciplines” says Dr. Dobbs. 

Learning Sciences International published the new book, and also posted a sample of learning materials taken from the book for educators to download for free (see the “Free Resources” tab on the page linked to here). Disciplinary Literacy Inquiry and Instruction is a follow up to Investigating Disciplinary Literacy, which the authors published together in 2017.

Writing in praise of the book, Clemson University’s Dr. Phillip Wilder cited the authors’ use of “rich classroom examples and a powerful framework.” He continues, nothing that the book “illustrates how teachers can engage in collaborative inquiry to design instruction around disciplinary texts and tasks while considering specific students and the cultural context [and that] efforts to support students’ disciplinary literacies must be grounded in the expertise of teachers.

Throughout her academic career, Dr. Dobbs has authored publications on academic language development, the argumentative writing of students, and professional development for secondary content teachers. This past year, she also began contributing entertaining and insightful book reviews to The Horn Book Magazine. Most recently, she reviewed Angie Thomas’ On the Come UpUpcoming reviews will cover the following titles: 

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert
Let’s Call it a Doomsday by Katie Henry
This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura

Grace Hagerty