Lynne Watanabe

Assistant Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5411
Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5411

Biography

Lynne Watanabe Kganetso is an assistant professor of literacy in the division of teacher preparation at Arizona State University. She received her doctorate in educational psychology and educational technology with a language and literacy emphasis from Michigan State University. Professor Kganetso taught kindergarten for nine years, and her research interests focus on how context influences young children's abilities to read and write different genres—particularly informational texts. Her examinations of both U.S. and international contexts focus on how connecting home, community, and school contexts can foster language and literacy learning in meaningful, culturally relevant, and culturally sustaining ways.

Education

Ph.D. Educational Psychology and Educational Technology (Language and Literacy), Michigan State University.

Research Interests

Guiding Research Questions:

  • How does context influence young children's literacy learning?
  • How do we promote young children's use and creation of informational texts?

Current Research Projects:

  • Dr. Watanabe Kganetso is currently studying childrens reading and writing of culturally sustaining informational texts. This mixed-methods study involved: (1) surveying parents for topics to create culturally sustaining informational texts for standard 2 children (2nd year of formal schooling) in Botswana, (2) using the texts and topics to create and teach lessons, and (3) examining the childrens emergent reading and writing samples from both before and after the lessons.
  • Dr. Kganetso's interest in promoting the use of high quality informational texts with young children motivated a current project examining the informational texts found in award winning childrens book lists. This content analysis involves the study of the informational texts represented in various books lists by various reading associations, awards, and organizations.
  • As an advocate for high quality writing instruction for young children, Dr. Watanabe is working with a colleague to promote shared and interactive writing in early childhood settings such as preschool and kindergarten classrooms. This involves synthesizing research and her data from a variety of studies to inform the creation of informational texts by and with young children.

Publications

  • Watanabe Kganetso, L. M. (2017). Creating and using culturally sustaining informational texts. The Reading Teacher70(4), 445-455. doi: 10.1002/trtr.1546
  • Block, M. K., & Watanabe Kganetso, L. M. (2017). Write early and often: Interactive writing in the preschool and early elementary classroom. Michigan Reading Journal, 50(1), 18-21.
  • Watanabe, L. M., & Duke, N. K. (2013). Read all about I.T.! Informational text in the early childhood classroom. In D. M. Barone and M. H. Mallette (Eds.), Best practices in early literacy instruction (pp. 135 – 152). New York, NY: Guilford.
  • Duke, N. K., & Watanabe, L. M. (2013). Reading and writing specific genres. In B. M. Taylor & N. K. Duke (Eds.), Handbook on Effective Literacy Instruction (pp. 346-368). New York, NY: Guilford.
  • Mallette, M. H., Duke, N. K., Strachan, S. L., Waldron, C. H., & Watanabe, L. M. (2013). A quest for synergy in literacy research methodology. In N. Unrau & D. Alvermann (Eds.), Theoretical Models and Processes of Reading (pp. 91-128).
  • Watanabe, L. M., & Hall-Kenyon, K. M. (2011). Change in kindergarteners’ writing complexity. Literacy Research and Instruction, 50, p. 272-293.

Courses

Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
EED 433Lng Method Mgt/Assesment
RDG 555Formal Measures of Lit
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
RDG 505Developmental Reading
RDG 556Assess/Proc-Elem/Sec Reading
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
RDG 508Elem Content Area Lit
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
RDG 505Developmental Reading
RDG 556Assess/Proc-Elem/Sec Reading
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EED 433Lng Method Mgt/Assesment
RDG 508Elem Content Area Lit
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EED 433Lng Method Mgt/Assesment
RDG 505Developmental Reading
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EED 433Lng Method Mgt/Assesment

Professional Associations

International Literacy Association Literacy Research Association National Association for the Education of Young Children Pan-African Literacy Association

Consulting

Watanabe Kganetso, L.M. (2016, October). Essential Elements of Literacy Instruction. Workshops presented at Bonneville Elementary, Orem, UT, to the faculty. 

Watanabe Kganetso, L.M. (2016, April). Early Childhood Learning: Literacy Language and Culture. Workshops presented at the Arab Gulf Education Forum, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Watanabe Kganetso, L.M. (2016, April). Early Childhood Learning: Reading and Writing Informational Text. Workshops presented at the Arab Gulf Education Forum, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Industry Positions

Classroom Teacher, Kindergarten

Bonneville Elementary (Orem, UT)

August 2001-May 2010