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Norman Unrau


Norman Unrau

Division of Curriculum and Instruction

Office: Emeritus
Phone: 866-376-3699


After teaching in the Charter College of Education since 1993, I have become Professor Emeritus. However, I continue to teach and write in my field which is, broadly speaking, literacy education. Before teaching a Cal State Los Angeles, I taught twenty-five years in public high schools. During my years of teaching at CSULA, I taught in the Single Subject Credential Program and helped to coordinate the M.A. in Middle and Secondary Curriculum and Instruction.



During the past few years, my teaching has focused on content area reading and writing, cognitive processes of emergent and developing readers, and aspects of motivation and engagement in reading.



When in graduate school at UC, Berkeley, I was primarily interested in cognitive processes in reading and writing. That interest continues to pervade much of my work. For example, I have written Content Area Reading and Writing: Fostering Literacies in Middle and High School Cultures and co-edited Theoretical Models and Processes of Reading (5th and 6th Editions). I have also been doing research and writing on literacy motivation and engagement. In addition, I have been involved in research related to the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) designed primarily for high school seniors, a federally funded i3 grant to explore ERWC's impact on student performance in college, and ERWC's expansion into the middle and high school English curriculum.



Title Date
Theoretical Models and Processes of Reading (6th Ed.), Co-editor. Published by the International Reading Association. 2013
Content Area Reading and Writing: Fostering Literacies in Middle and High School Cultures (2nd Ed.). Published by Pearson/Prentice Hall. 2008
Thoughtful Teachers, Thoughtful Learners: Helping Students Think Critically (2nd Ed.). Published by Pippin Publishing Corporation. 2008
Reading Motivation and Reading Engagement: Clarifying Commingled Conceptions. Reading Psychology. Co-author: Matthew Quirk In Press
Quirk, M., Unrau, N.J., et al. Teacher Beliefs About Reading Motivation and Their Enactment in Classrooms: The Development of a Survey Questionnaire. Reading Psychology 2010



Ed.D. Education in Languages and Literacy 1989

M.A. Teaching of English 1966

B.S. English 1965


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