Steve Graham

Mary Emily Warner Professor of Education
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1811

Biography

Steve Graham is the Warner Professor in the division of leadership and innovation in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. For more than 30 years, he has studied how writing develops, how to teach it effectively, and how writing can be used to support reading and learning. In recent years, he has been involved in the development and testing of digital tools for supporting writing and reading through a series of grants from the Institute of Educational Sciences and the Office of Special Education Programs in the U.S. Department of Education. His research involves typically developing writers and students with special needs in both elementary and secondary schools, with much of occurring in classrooms in urban schools.  

Steve is the former editor of the journals Exceptional Children, Contemporary Educational Psychology, Journal of Writing Research, Focus on Exceptional Children, and he is the current editor of the Journal of Educational Psychology. He is the co-author of the "Handbook of Writing Research," "Handbook of Learning Disabilities," "APA Handbook of Educational Psychology," "Writing Better," "Powerful Writing Strategies for all Students" and "Making the Writing Process Work." He is also the author of three influential Carnegie Corporation reports: Writing Next , Writing to Read , and Informing Writing.

Professor Graham has served as an advisor to a variety of organization, including UNESCO, National Institute of Health, National Writing Project, Institute of Educational Sciences, and the What Works Clearinghouse. He was the chair of the What Works Clearinghouse Practice Guides for both elementary as well as secondary writing. He was a member of the National Research Conference committee on adolescent and adult literacy. He has provided background information for a wide variety of magazine, newspaper, television, and radio reports including National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, La Monde, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, National Public Radio, CBS Sunday Moring News, and NBC Today Show.

Professor Graham is a fellow of the American Educational Research Association, Division 15 of the American Psychological Association, as well as a fellow of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities. He was elected to the Reading Hall of Fame for 2018.

Education

  • Ed.D. Special Education, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 1978
  • M.S. Learning Disabilities, Valdosta State College, Valdosta, GA 1975
  • B.S. Secondary Education, Valdosta State College, Valdosta, GA 1972

Research Interests

Guiding Research Questions:

  • What are best practices for teaching writing to all students?
  • How does writing develop?
  • How does writing facilitate school, work, and life success?

Current Research Projects:

Graham is researching how motivation in writing, print and digital, is related to students writing. This includes developing new measures of motivation and examining what writing motivation looks like in both teachers and students. This work includes partnerships with local schools as well as International partners.

Graham has just created a model of writing that brings together the social context in which writing occurs and the cognitive resources writers bring to the task of writing. He is currently exploring how the model is applicable to various aspects of writing such as writng in science as well as providing feedback.

With a local schools as well as schools in other States, Graham is working with other researchers at ASU and elsewhere to test the effectiveness of instructional procedures for teaching students to write persuasive text from source material. The instructional procedures involve the Self-regulated Strategy Development teaching model developed by researchers at ASU.   

Publications

Graham, S., & Hebert, M. (2010). Writing to Reading: Evidence for how writing can improve reading. Alliance for Excellence in Education. Washington, D.C. (Commissioned by the Carnegie Corp. of New York)

Graham, S., Harris, K.R., & Santangelo, T. (2015). Research-Based Writing Practices and the and the Common Core: Meta-analysis and Meta-synthesis. Elementary School Journal, 115(4), 498-522.

Harris, K.R., Graham, S., & Atkins, M. (2015). Tier 2, Teacher implemented writing strategies instruction following practice-based, professional development. Contemprorary Educational Psychology, 40, 5-16.

Research Activity

  • Harris,Karen R*, Graham,Stephen E. We-Write Pesuasively. TEXAS A & M UNIV(7/1/2014 - 6/30/2016).
  • Harris,Karen R*, Graham,Stephen E. Development of a web-based writing partner (We-Write Persuasively) to improve writing persuasive essays for 5th grade students. PENN STATE UNIV(7/1/2013 - 6/30/2014).
  • Graham,Stephen E*, Graham,Stephen E*, Harris,Karen R. Ctr on the Use of Emerging Technology to Improve Literacy Achievement for Students with Disabilities in Middle School. CAST(8/16/2012 - 12/31/2016).
  • Graham,Stephen E*. Development of Strategic and Interactive Writing Instruction for Deaf and hard of Hearing. UNIV OF TENN(8/1/2012 - 7/31/2015).

Courses

Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 792Research
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 784Internship
DCI 790Reading and Conference
DCI 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 691Seminar
DCI 790Reading and Conference
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 792Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 784Internship
DCI 790Reading and Conference
DCI 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 691Seminar
DCI 790Reading and Conference
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 784Internship
DCI 790Reading and Conference
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 790Reading and Conference
DCI 791Seminar
DCI 792Research
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 784Internship
DCI 790Reading and Conference
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 790Reading and Conference
DCI 791Seminar
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 791Seminar

Honors/Awards

  • Career Research Award from the International Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • Kauffman-Hallahan Distinguished Researcher Award from the Division of Research (CEC)
  • Samual A. Kirk Award from the Division of Learning Disabilities (CEC)
  • Distinguished Researcher Award from the Special Education Special Interest Group of the American Education Research Association
  • J. Lee Weiderhot Lecture Award from the Council of Learning Disabilities
  • Don Johnston Literacy Lectureship Award for career contributions to literacy
  • Fellow, American Educational Research Association
  • Fellow, International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities
  • Elected to the Reading Hall of Fame for 2018

Professional Associations

<p>Professor Graham&nbsp;is a fellow of the American Educational Research Association, Division 15 of the American Psychological Association, as well as a fellow of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities.</p>