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ERI-Talk - Joe Magliano: "Testing the Proficient Academic Reader Framework in Post-Secondary Contexts"

  • May 3rd, 2024
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May 10th 2024. 12:00h. Onsite session (AULA ESTE, 2nd floor, Faculty of Psychology and Speech Therapy). Language: English.

Testing the Proficient Academic Reader Framework in Post-Secondary Contexts

Joe Magliano

Georgia State University (USA)


It is well documented that many college students in the United States are not ready to meet the literacy demands of their coursework.  This is not a new issue and as such, there have been considerable efforts in post-secondary institutions to support underprepared college readers. These efforts should be grounded by theoretical frameworks that specify what aspects of college students that are needed for them to succeed in their reading literacy activities in college.  To this end my colleagues and I have proposed the Proficient Academic Reader (PAR) framework.  PAR specifies that reading literacy activities in academic settings are inherently, complex problem-solving activities.  To engage in these activities, readers need foundational skills of reading, motivation, the propensity to be strategic, and metacognitive awareness of their literacy tasks as they read. In this talk I will discuss two studies that test PAR. Talwar et al. (2022) tested PAR in the context of using general measures of PAR constructs, whereas Kaldes et al. (2024) tested PAR in the context of situated measures. These studies lend support for PAR and insights into its refinement, but also suggest that situated measures are better suited for testing the framework.



Joe Magliano is a professor at Georgia State University (GSU). He is known for his research in the field of psychology, particularly in areas related to language comprehension, reading, and cognitive psychology. Magliano has published numerous articles and papers on topics such as discourse processing, text comprehension, and the cognitive processes involved in reading. He is recognized for his contributions to understanding how people comprehend and process written language, which has implications for education, literacy, and cognitive science.