Poonam Arya

Poonam  Arya
Associate Professor of Reading, Language & Literature
279 Education Building

Office Hours: Contact via-e-mail 

(313) 577-1643
(313) 577-4091

Education

Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, 1998
Major: Reading Education
State University of New York at Buffalo, NY

Masters of Education, 1992
Major: Reading Education
Central Institute of Education
Delhi University, India

M.A. English Literature, 1990
Delhi University, India

B.A. English, 1988
Delhi University, India

Responsibilities

Dr. Arya is a tenured faculty member in Reading, Language, and Literaure in the Teacher Education Division. She teaches masters, education specialist, and doctoral courses in reading theory, research, and practice. 

 

Area Of Expertise

  • Miscue Analysis
  • Literacy Assessments 
  • Comprehension - Retellings
  • Eye Movements and Reading
  • Teacher Reflection and Pedagogy

Research Interests

  • Text Features
  • Comprehension - Retellings
  • Peer Discussions of Literature
  • Eye Movement Miscue Analysis Research
  • Video-based Teacher Reflection

Courses Taught

  • Literacy Across the Curriculum
  • Organization & Supervision of Literacy Programs
  • Seminar and Practicum in Instruction & Evaluation
  • Internship in Research and Teaching
  • Research Applications in Literacy
  • Practicum in the Supervision and Administration of Programs in Literacy Development

 

Community Engagement Activities

The High Five Literacy Program in the College of Education is an innovative program available for youth (1st - 8th grade) throughout the Detroit metropolitan area. It runs from October through April each year and provides free instruction in reading and writing skills to students on Wednesdays evenings. The program is led by certified teachers who are working on completion of their master’s degree in reading under the supervision of Dr. Arya, who is the course instructor/director of the High Five Literacy program. The teachers use a balanced literacy curriculum that is research-based and addresses students’ interests and needs. Teachers assess students continuously throughout the program using informal methods. This allows them to focus on a strengths-based approach to student learning and engagement.

Grants

1) A Unified Approach to Literacy Learning
2015 - 2016

Awards & Honors

2014
Kathleen Reilly Koory Endowed Faculty Development Award
2002
Recipient of the Literacy Award from the Baltimore County Council of the International Reading Association
1992
Awarded Gold Medal for standing first in the M.Ed. Program in Education, Delhi University, India

Presentations

The logic of substitution miscues: A study of readers navigating texts
Arya, P., Wilson, P., Martens, P 2008   58th National Reading Conference Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL.
Exploring children's reading of original and anthology versions of texts
Feather, K. & Arya, P. 2008   58th National Reading Conference Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL.
Shifts in understanding: Learning from children's reading of two stories.
Arya, P., Martens, P., Wilson, P. 2008   National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention. San Antonio, TX.
"I can read this!": Texts that Support Reading Development
Arya, P. 2008   Reading Miscue Conference. Long Island, NY.
Texts, Readings, Retellings: Analysis of children's reading of two stories.
Arya, P., Wilson, P., Jin, L., Martens, P. 2007   57th National Reading Conference Annual Meeting. Austin, TX.
What Retelling Scores Reveal and Don't Reveal about Readers and Retellings.
Arya, P., Wilson, P., Jin, L., Martens, P. 2007   National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention. New York, NY.
Directions of Miscue Analysis Research and Practice
Martens, P., Arya, P., & Wilson, P. 2007   Reading Miscue Conference, Long Island, NY.
Beginning Reading Instruction in China and India
Jin,L., Ruan,J., & Arya, P. 2006   56th National Reading Conference Annual Meeting. Los Angeles, CA.
The Anatomy of Retelling Evaluations: What These Evaluations Do (and Don't) Reveal about Readers and Readings
Arya, P., Wilson, P., Jin, L., Martens, P. 2006   56th National Reading Conference Annual Meeting. Los Angeles, CA.
Text Characteristics, Readings and Retellings
Arya, P., Martens, P., Wilson, P. 2006   56th National Reading Conference Annual Meeting. Los Angeles, CA.
Critical Issues in Early Literacy Development: Growing as Compleat Teachers of Young Children
Arya, P., Martens, P., Wilson, P. 2006   National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention. Nashville, TN.
Critical Issues in Early Literacy Development: Their Significance for Parents, Teachers, and Children of Diverse Backgrounds
Arya, P., Martens, P. 2006   Symposium at the 21st World Congress on Reading. Budapest, Hungary.

Publications

Exploring Young Children’s Use of Illustrations in a Picturebook.
Feathers, K., & Arya, P.   2015 Language and Literacy 17(1) 42-62
A three-pronged approach to video reflection: Preparing literacy teachers of the future.
Christ, T., Arya, P., & Chiu, M. M.   2015 Video Reflection in Literacy Teacher Education and Development: Lessons from Research and Practice
TAP (Teacher Learning and Application to Pedagogy) through Digital Video Mediated Reflections.
Arya, P., Christ, T., & Chiu, M. M.   2015 Handbook of Research on Teacher Education in the Digital Age.
Facilitation and Teacher Behaviors: An Analysis of Literacy Teachers’ Video-Case Discussions.
Arya, P., Christ, T., & Chiu, M. M.   2014 Journal of Teacher Education 65(2) 111-127
Teachers Reports of Learning and Application to Pedagogy based on Engagement in Collaborative Peer Video Analysis.
Christ, T., Arya, P., & Chiu, M. M.   2014 Teaching Education 25(4) 349-374
An Exploration of How Professors' Facilitation is related to Literacy Teachers' Meaning Construction Process During Video-Case Discussions
Arya, P., & Christ, T.   2013 Journal of Reading Education 39(1) 15-22
“He did like this against the tree.” The Role of Illustrations during Independent Reading.
Feathers, K. & Arya, P.   2012 Journal of Children’s Literature 38(1) 36-43
Collaborative Peer Video Analysis: Insights about Literacy Assessment & Instruction.
Christ, T., Arya, P., & Chiu, M. M.   2012 Journal of Literacy Research 44(2) 171-199
Reconsidering Children’s Readings: Insights into the Reading Process.
Arya, P. & Feathers, K.   2012 Reading Psychology 33(4) 301-322
We-e-el-l or We'll: Children Negotiating Orthographic Features of A Letter to Amy
Arya, P., Wilson, P., & Martens, P.   2009 The Reading Teacher
Readers, instruction, and the NRP.
Wilson, G. P., Martens, P., Arya, P., & Altwerger, B.   2008 R. Robinson (Ed.), Issues and Trends in Literacy Education (Fourth ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon, a Pearson Education imprint.
The anatomy of retelling scores: What these scores do (and don't) reveal about readers' understandings of texts
Wilson, G. P., Martens, P., Arya, P., Jin, L.   2007 56th Yearbook of the National Reading Conference. Oak Creek, WI: National Reading Conference, Inc.
Text structures, readings and retellings: An exploration of two texts
Martens, P., Arya, P., Wilson, G.P.   2007 Literacy Teaching and Learning 11(2) 49-64
An open look at the Open Court Program
Arya, P., Laster, B. & Jin, L.   2005 Reading for Profit: Corporate Control of Reading Instruction
Reclaiming Literacy Instruction: Evidence in support of literature-based programs
Arya, P., Martens, P., Wilson, P., Altwerger, B., Jin, L., Laster, B., & Lang, D.   2005 Language Arts 83(1)

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