Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) A. Baker


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Associate Professor
Literacy Studies
University of Missouri-Columbia

303 Townsend Hall
Columbia, MO • 65211
Phone: (573) 882-4
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Email: BakerE@missouri.edu

About Dr. Elizabeth Baker

•Areas of Interest

•Educational Background

•Employment Record

•Recent Awards and Honors

•Recent Grants

•Recent Projects

•Recent Publications

•Recent Presentations

•Recent Service


Areas of Interest

Literacy Studies
Integration of literacy and technology
New Literacies
Multimedia case-based instruction in teacher education

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Educational Background

1995 EdD, Literacy Education, minor in Cognition
Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (August, 1995)
Dissertation title: The Nature of Literacy Activities in a Technology Rich Fourth Grade Classroom from a Meaning-Making Perspective;
Dissertation Committee: Charles K. Kinzer (Chair), Deborah W. Rowe, Robert D. Sherwood, Herb A. Rieth

1990 MEd, Reading Education
Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

1986-1989 Reading Education
Furman University, Greenville, SC, (teacher recertification program, transferred to Peabody College of Vanderbilt University for Master’s program)

1982 BA, Elementary Education
Furman University, Greenville, SC
Additional work in Special Education

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Employment Record

2002-present
Associate Professor
Department of Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum
University of Missouri-Columbia, College of Education

1996-2002
Assistant Professor
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education
University of Missouri-Columbia, College of Education

1995-1996
Assistant Professor
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Texas Tech University, College of Education

1989-1995
Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant
Department of Teaching and Learning
Vanderbilt University, Peabody College

1983-1989
Elementary Teacher
Monaview Elementary School, Greenville County School District, Greenville, SC (James Patterson, Principal)

1982-1983
Elementary Permanent Substitute
Greenville County School District, Greenville, SC

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Recent Awards and Honors

2005 Finalist for the University of Missouri Teaching with Technology Award

2004 Finalist for the University of Missouri Teaching with Technology Award

2002 Awarded High Flyer for excellent teaching at the University of Missouri Columbia

2001 Nominated for “Best Article in an Electronic Journal,” Communication of Research Special Interest Group, American Educational Research Association

2001 Awarded High Flyer for excellent teaching at the University of Missouri Columbia

1998 Awarded Doctoral Faculty status at the University of Missouri-Columbia

1996 Nominated for the Spencer A. Wells Faculty Award for creativity of approach to excellent teaching, Division of Curriculum and Instruction, Texas Tech University

1996 Nominated for the Hemphill-Wells Professor Excellence in Teaching Award for excellence in teaching, Division of Curriculum and Instruction, Texas Tech University.

1996 Received the Otto C. Bassler Award for Outstanding Research from the Department of Teaching and Learning, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.

1993 Invited to participant in the Department of Teaching and Learning Graduate Research presentations, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.

1990 Invited to join Kappa Delta Pi (honorary Education society), Peabody College of Vanderbilt University

1990 Invited to present Reading Assessment Strategies, Columbia State Community College, Franklin, TN

1983-1989 Nominated twice by a faculty of 70 for Teacher of the Year, Monaview Elementary, Greenville County Schools, South Carolina

1980 Member of Kappa Delta Epsilon (honorary Education society), Furman University

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Recent Grants

2000-2003 Principal Investigator
Grant title: Production of the Digital Literacy Portfolio Series (Project No. P116B001494)
Funded Funding agency: United States Education Department, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education ($96,164; 6% acceptance rate)

2000-2003 Co-Principal Investigator (with Judy Wedman)
Grant title: Production of the Digital Literacy Portfolio Series
Funded Funding agency: Verizon ($10,000)

1997-2001 Co-Principal Investigator (with Judy Wedman)
Grant title: Interdisciplinary multimedia literacy portfolios in elementary classrooms. Project No. P116B71861.
Funded Funding agency: United States Education Department, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education ($367,789; 3% acceptance rate)

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Recent Projects

ChALK (Children As Literacy Kases)
This project was supported by six years of grants from USED/FIPSE and Verizon. During this project, the development team created 27 multimedia CD-ROMs that allow users to track 5 elementary children's literacy development for 8 months. Several studies were conducted to consider various aspects of using ChALK to improve the preparation of preservice literacy teachers.

Web Site Features for Literacy Teachers
This project involves research and teaching regarding the use of classroom web sites in the support of children's literacy development.

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Recent Publications: Journals, Chapters, Software

Journals

Baker, E. A. (in press).  Promote Literacy:  Reasons to Create a Classroom Web Site.  Learning and Leading with Technology

Baker, E. A. (in press).  Create a classroom web site:  Where can I begin?.  Learning and Leading with Technology

Baker, E. A., & Wedman, J. (in press).  Developing Preservice Literacy Teachers’ Observation Skills:  Two Stories, Two Technologies.  Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education

Baker, E. A. (in press).  Support for New Literacies, Cultural Expectations, and Pedagogy:  Potential and Features for Classroom Web Sites.  New England Reading Association Journal

Baker, E. A., & Labbo, L. D. (in press).  Preparing preservice teachers to use technology for responsive literacy instruction.  Journal of Reading Education.

Baker, E. A. (2007).  Elementary classroom web sites:  Support for literacy within and beyond the classroom.  Journal of Literacy Research, 39(1), 1-38.

Baker, E. A. (2005). Can preservice teacher education really help me grow as a literacy teacher?: Examining preservice teachers’ perceptions of multimedia case-based instruction. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 13(3), 415-431.

Baker, E. A. (2003). Integrating literacy and technology: Making a match between software and classroom. Reading and Writing Quarterly, 19 (2), 193-197.

Baker, E. A. (2001). The nature of literacy in a technology rich classroom. Reading Research and Instruction, 40 (2), 153-179.

Baker, E. A. (2000). Integrating literacy and tools-based technologies: Examining the successes and challenges. Computers in Schools, 16 (3), 73-89.

Reprint: Baker, E. A. (2000). Integrating literacy and tools-based technologies: Examining the successes and challenges. In D. LaMont, C. D. Maddux, and L. Liu (Eds.), Integration of technology into the classroom: Case studies (pp. 73-89). New York: Haworth Press.

Baker, E. A. (2000). Case-based learning theory: Implications for software design. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 8 (2), 85-95.

Baker, E. A. (2000). Digital Literacy Portfolio Series: Purpose, development, implementation. The Reading Professor, 22 (2), 8-25.

Baker, E. A. (2000). Instructional approaches used to integrate literacy and technology. Reading Online, 4 (1). Available: http://www.readingonline.org/articles/baker/

Repost: Baker, E. A. (2004). Instructional approaches used to integrate literacy and technology. Available: http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/index.asp

Baker, E. A. (2000). Sociocultural theory, semiotics, and technology: Implications for the nature of literacy. Reading Improvement, 37 (3), 101-109.

Baker, E. A., Rozendal, M., & Whitenack, J. (2000). Audience awareness in a technology rich elementary classroom. Journal of Literacy Research, 32 (3), 395-419.

Chapters

Baker, E. A. (2001). Technology and values: Connecting with classroom literacy learning. In P. Schmidt & A. Pailliotet (Eds.), Exploring values through literature, multimedia and literacy events: Making connections (pp. 112-125). Newark, Delaware: International Reading Association.

Baker, E. A., & Kinzer, C. K. (1998). Effects of technology on process writing: Are they all good? In T. Shanahan & F. Rodriguez-Brown (Eds.), Forty-seventh National Reading Conference Yearbook (pp. 428-440). Chicago: National Reading Conference.

Baker, E. A., & Wedman, J. (2000). Lessons learned while using case-based instruction with preservice literacy teachers. In T. Shanahan & F. Rodriguez-Brown (Eds.), Forty-ninth National Reading Conference Yearbook (pp. 122-136). Chicago: National Reading Conference.

Software

Children As Literacy Kases (ChALK): This series contains 27 multimedia CD-ROMs that allow users to track 5 elementary children's literacy development for 8 months. Several studies were conducted to consider various aspects of using ChALK to improve the preparation of preservice literacy teachers.

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Recent Presentations

Baker, E. A. (2007, April).Multimedia case-based instruction:  Interrelationships among empirical investigation.  Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

Baker, E. A. (2007, February).  Workplace Literacies, Peer Literacies, and Elementary Classroom Web Sites:  A Comparison of New Literacies.  Paper presented at the meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research, Nashville, TN. 

Baker, E. A. (2006, December). Multimedia case-based instruction: Pedagogy, effectiveness, and perceptions. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Reading Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

Baker, E. A. (2006, April). Elementary Classroom Web Sites: An Examination of How They Support Literacy. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

Baker, E. A., & Rozendal, M. (2006, April). Fostering Reflective Dispositions among Preservice Teachers: An Examination of Cognitive-based Rubrics. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

Baker, E. A. (2006, March). Design of Classroom Web Sites: Support for Elementary Literacy Programs. Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Instructional Technology in Teacher Education, Orlando, FL

Baker E. A. (2005, May). I’ve got a web site--does it support children’s literacy? An exploration of Elementary classroom web sites. Paper to be presented at the meeting of the International Reading Association, San Antonio, TX.

Baker E. A. (2004, December). Integrating Literacy and Technology: How Classroom Teachers are Using their own Web Pages. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Reading Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Baker E. A. (2003, December). Matchmaking.com: An Evaluation Framework Designed to Match Literacy Programs with Appropriate Technologies. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Reading Conference, Scottsdale, AZ.

Baker, E. A. (2003, April). Integrating literacy and technology: A Theory-based Evaluation Framework. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

Baker E. A. (2002, December). Digital literacy portfolios, case-based instruction, and teacher education: Evaluation from the perspective of preservice literacy teachers. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Reading Conference, Miami, FL.

Baker E. A. (2002, November). Choosing useful software: Exploring and making sense of your options. Invited paper presented at the meeting of the New York State Reading Association, New York, NY.

Baker, E. A. (2002, April). Preservice teachers’ perceptions of factors that contributed to their growth as literacy teachers. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

Baker, E. A. (2002, April). Improving Elementary Preservice Teachers’ Kidwatching Abilities: Evaluation of Multimedia Case-based Instruction. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

Baker, E. A. (2002, March). Can preservice teacher education really help me grow as a literacy teacher?: Examining preservice teachers’ perceptions of multimedia case-based instruction. Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Instructional Technology in Teacher Education, Nashville, TN.

Baker, E. A. (2001, December). Using multimedia cases as a tool for understanding literacy teaching and learning. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Reading Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Baker, E. A. (2001, April). Examining the theoretical underpinnings of case-based instruction: Investigations with the Digital Literacy Portfolio Series. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, Seattle, WA.

Baker, E. A., & Wedman, J. M . (2001, April). Lessons learned while using Case-based Instruction with Preservice Literacy Teachers. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, Seattle, WA.

Wedman, J. M ., & Baker, E. A. (2001, April). The effects of using cases to bring an elementary classroom into a preservice teacher classroom: Learning about literacy and analyzing literacy processes. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, Seattle, WA.

Baker, E. A. (2001, March). Overcoming challenges in preservice literacy education: Examining kidwatching abilities. Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Instructional Technology in Teacher Education, San Diego, CA.

Baker, E. A., & Wedman, J. M. (2000, December). Developing kidwatching among preservice literacy teachers using digital portfolios. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Reading Conference, Scottsdale, AZ.

Wedman, J. M., & Baker, E.A. (2000, December). What is the relative value of multimedia portfolio cases to a literacy methods course: Who’s learning what and how? Paper presented at the meeting of the National Reading Conference, Scottsdale, AZ.

Baker, E. A. (2000, March). Preservice literacy teachers, digital literacy portfolios, and multimedia case-based instruction: Examining the theoretical basis for case-based instruction. Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Instructional Technology in Teacher Education, San Diego, CA.

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Recent Service: Profession, University, Department, College

Profession

2004-present Invited and served as member of Field Council for the National Reading Conference

2003-2006 Invited and served as Co-chair of National Reading Conference Program Area 3: Literacy Instruction and Literacy Learning

2002-2005 Invited and served as member of Technology Committee for the National Reading Conference

2000-2003 Invited and served as reviewer for National Reading Research Center

1996-present Served as Proposal Reviewer for the National Reading Conference annual meeting

University

2003-2006 Elected COE representative to University Faculty Council (elected by @ 80 COE colleagues)

2004-2005 Elected as University Faculty Council Web Editor

2004-2005 Elected and served as member of University Faculty Council Executive Committee

2003-2004 Appointed and served as member of Special Project Committee of University Faculty Council

2003-2004 Appointed and served as Faculty Council representative to the board of the Program for Excellence in Teaching

2000 Liaison between Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education Program Officer, Don Fisher, and College of Education Research Office for college and university collaborations and workshop; a result of this liaisonship was that the University served as a proposal review site for the FIPSE Comprehensive Competition

College

2004-present LTC representative to COE Curriculum Committee

2002-2003 ECEE representative to COE Curriculum Committee, 2002-2003 served as committee secretary

2002-present Developed and maintain web site from Graduate Literacy Programs, see http://www.coe.missouri.edu/~literacy/

2002-2003 NCATE/DESE responsibilities:
Coordinator for Elementary Language Arts SPA Report
Coordinator for Elementary SSC Matrix and MO-Step Matrix
Coordinator for Special Reading SSC Matrix and MO-Step Matrix
Coordinator for revisions to COE Special Reading coursework fulfillment of DESE course requirements

2001-present Online Certification Portfolio evaluator, team leader

1997-2004 Advisory committee, Child Assessment Clinic, UMC

1996-2002 Appointed to and served on various Undergraduate Teacher Development program committees (i.e., Inquiry into Schools, Community, and Society; Language and Literacy; Governance) for restructuring and implementing the undergraduate program.

1996-present Created and maintain a listserv for students and teachers to discuss concerns, interests, and discoveries with regard to teaching literacy. Participants can sign on and off through the following web site: http://web.missouri.edu/~cieab/

2000-2002 C&I / ECEE representative to Missouri Partnership for Educational Renewal

2000-2002 Served as a member of the search committee for a Special Education professor with expertise in literacy

Department

1998-present Served as a member of the Doctoral Faculty

1996-present Served as a member of the Language and Literacy Graduate Faculty

2003 Directed analysis of Graduate Enrollment Project for Literacy, resulted in revised COE course work offerings to meet DESE requirements, understanding of local and state needs for graduate literacy programs, Literacy Education web page, development of prescribed MEd program that allows students to know what they need to take and when it is offered

1996-2001 Appointed to and served on Master's Admissions Committee

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