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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Center Graduate Students: Carrie James


Carrie is a PhD student in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Writing Studies.

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Biographical Statement

Carrie received a B.A. in English and a B.J. in journalism from the University of Missouri-columbia. She worked as a journalsit for a few years before returning to school, through the New York Teaching Fellows, to get an M.S. Ed. in secondary English education. After teaching secondary English language arts for 14 years in New York City, she came back to the University of Ullinois to study for a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction at the College of Eduation and is in her fourth year of the program. She is also working toward a concentration in Writing Studies.

Biographical Statement

Broadly, I am itnerested in how we teach and learn writing practices. More specifically, I am interested in teacher education programs for writing instruction, multimodality and multimodal text composition, and writing assessment. I am also exploring how design thinking, including human-centered design practices, might mesh with writing processes and practices.

Courses Taught

CI 476 Teaching Language Arts in Elementary and Middle grades (writing methods)

CI 475 Teaching English Language Arts in Elementary Grades (reading methods)

CI 401 Teaching in a Diverse Society - Secondary English