The UC Davis School of Education provides research and
professional development in academic literacy to inform best
practices, especially related to addressing the literacy needs of
culturally and linguistically diverse students.
Steven Athanases is a Professor in the School of Education at UC
Davis. He researches issues of cultural and linguistic
diversity and educational equity in teaching, adolescent
learning, and teacher education, with a focus on literacy and
English language arts. As a high school English teacher in the
Chicago area, he received several awards for outstanding teaching
of English, with a focus on writing, and drew on his disciplinary
roots in Performance Studies and Communications to stage annual
performance showcases of original student compositions.
I research the relationship between students’ everyday uses of
language (English and Spanish) and their engagement in
school-based uses of language and literacy. Some schools identify
bilingual adolescents as “limited” in their English proficiency
even though they use sophisticated literacy repertoires outside
of school; other learners are deemed ”fluent” in English but
still struggle with the language and literacy demands
of their academic coursework.
Faculty ProfileEMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Adolescent Language and Literacy; English Education; Linguistic Anthropology of Education; Sociocultural Approaches to Learning; Discourse Analysis; Black and Latina/o Youth Interactions; Ethnography
Early Literacy; English Learners; Bilingualism and Bilingual
Education; Educational Television and Multimedia; Language
Acquisition; Literacy development; Quantitative methods;
Sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics.