Kate T. Anderson

Associate Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1811

Biography

Kate T. Anderson's research draws on traditions in sociolinguistics, anthropology, and literacy studies with primary methodological expertise in discourse analysis, ethnography, and other forms of qualitative inquiry surrounding classroom interactions and ideologies of language and learning. Professor Anderson's research agenda interrogates the role of ideologies in constructing everyday notions of social difference, regarding ability, race, language learning, and other social categories and constructions.

Professor Anderson is interested in understanding how people and institutions--through intersections of talk, action, and policy--shape students' opportunity to learn and be viewed as successful. She seeks to understand how inequities around student learning opportunities might be addressed through interdisciplinary research and practice. Professor Anderson is also the lead editor of the journal Linguistics and Education and Chair of the Language and Social Processes special interest group (SIG) in the American Education Research Association.. 

In addition to her research, Professor Anderson teaches qualitative methods courses and linguistics courses in bilingual education in the division of educational leadership and innovation in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. One current project examines how teachers make sense of linguistically diverse students' abilities and needs. Kate and her research team aim to help local teachers best serve the diverse refugee, immigrant, and other linguistically marginalized student populations by exploring intersections between multiple stakeholder assumptions, articulated community needs, and present educational realities. This project will be expanding to involve teachers across the U.S. including in-service teachers enrolled in online master's classes.

Education

  • Ph.D. Sociolinguistics, University of Georgia 2006
  • Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Studies, The University of Georgia 2006
  • Bachelor's degree. Music, New York University 2000

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Research Interests

Guiding Research Questions:

  • How do different types of stakeholders (teachers, students, parents, schools, policymakers, researchers) make sense of learning processes, the goals of education, and the individuals involved; and how do these stakeholders shape what we take for granted as ability, academic English, and paths to success, both at systemic and individual levels?
  • In what ways do researchers methods and perspectives shape the types of questions we ask and answers we find?
  • How can researchers be more expansive and reflexive about our collective efforts to understand, represent, and shape educational research, policy, and practice?

Current Research Projects:

Dr. Anderson is currently engaged in a project examining how teachers make sense of linguistically diverse students abilities and needs. Kate and her research team are aiming to help local teachers working with refugee and immigrant students as well as other linguistically marginalized students best serve these diverse populations by exploring intersections between multiple stakeholder assumptions, articulated community needs, and present educational realities. This project also includes in-service teachers enrolled in online masters classes and will be expanding to include teachers across the U.S.

Publications

Anderson, K.T., Ambroso, E., Cruz, J., Zuiker, S., & Rodriguez-Martinez, S. (2021). Complicating methods for understanding educators’ language ideologies: Transformative approaches for mixing methods, Language and Education, doi:10.1080/09500782.2021.193129

 

Anderson, K.T., & Holloway, J. (2020). Discourse analysis as theory, method, and epistemology in mstudies of education policy. Journal of Education Policy, 35:2, 188-221. doi:10.1080/02680939.2018.1552992
 

Anderson, K.T., & Kachorsky, D. (2019). Assessing students’ multimodal compositions: An analysis of the literature. English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 18(3), 312-334. https://doi.org/10.1108/ETPC-11-2018-0092

Zuiker, S.J., & Anderson, K.T. (2019). Fostering peer dialogic engagement in science classrooms with an educational videogame. Research in Science Education. doi: 10.1007/s11165-019-9842-z

Anderson, K.T., Stewart, O.G., & Kachorsky, D. (2017). Seeing academically marginalized students’ multimodal authoring from a position of strength. Written Communication, 34(2), 104-134. doi:10.1177/0741088317699897

Anderson, K.T. (2017). Leveraging researcher reflexivity to consider a classroom event over time: Reflexive discourse analysis of ‘what counts.’ Classroom Discourse, 8(1), 36-54. doi:10.1080/19463014.2016.1271742

Courses

Fall 2021
Course Number Course Title
COE 503 Intro to Qualitative Research
BLE 535 Sociolinguistic Iss/Bilingual
EPA 790 Reading and Conference
DCI 790 Reading and Conference
EPA 799 Dissertation
DCI 799 Dissertation
Summer 2021
Course Number Course Title
BLE 529 Lang Assess & Eval ESL/BLE St
BLE 537 Linguistics for Educators
DCI 799 Dissertation
Spring 2021
Course Number Course Title
BLE 537 Linguistics for Educators
DCI 691 Seminar
DCI 784 Internship
EPA 790 Reading and Conference
EPA 799 Dissertation
DCI 799 Dissertation
Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
BLE 535 Sociolinguistic Iss/Bilingual
DCI 784 Internship
EPA 790 Reading and Conference
DCI 790 Reading and Conference
EPA 799 Dissertation
DCI 799 Dissertation
Summer 2020
Course Number Course Title
BLE 529 Lang Assess & Eval ESL/BLE St
BLE 537 Language Structure Acquisition
DCI 799 Dissertation
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
DCI 784 Internship
EPA 799 Dissertation
DCI 799 Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
BLE 535 Sociolinguistic Iss/Bilingual
DCI 784 Internship
EPA 790 Reading and Conference
DCI 790 Reading and Conference
EPA 799 Dissertation
DCI 799 Dissertation
Summer 2019
Course Number Course Title
BLE 537 Language Structure Acquisition
BLE 597 Capstone
DCI 799 Dissertation
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
BLE 597 Capstone
DCI 691 Seminar
DCI 784 Internship
EPA 799 Dissertation
DCI 799 Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
BLE 535 Sociolinguistic Iss/Bilingual
DCI 784 Internship
EPA 790 Reading and Conference
DCI 790 Reading and Conference
EPA 799 Dissertation
DCI 799 Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
BLE 537 Language Structure Acquisition
DCI 799 Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
BLE 597 Capstone
DCI 691 Seminar
DCI 784 Internship
DCI 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
COE 503 Intro to Qualitative Research
BLE 535 Sociolinguistic Iss/Bilingual
EPA 790 Reading and Conference
DCI 790 Reading and Conference
DCI 799 Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
BLE 537 Language Structure Acquisition
DCI 799 Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
COE 503 Intro to Qualitative Research
DCI 784 Internship
DCI 799 Dissertation