Missouri State University

Improving literacy in children

In an educational setting, literacy is the foundation of learning.

It is taught early and tested often, and it is a lifetime skill that should be expanded to improve comprehension in daily life.

Although children often enter school with a basic grasp of reading and language, educators must be prepared to engage students to improve these skills.

Dr. Deanne Camp, professor of reading, foundations and technology and the graduate literacy program coordinator at Missouri State, understands the challenges of reading instruction and prepares educators for overcoming them.

Her primary research areas include literacy development, comprehension and struggling readers.

She has authored and co-authored approximately 10 journal articles or book chapters in the last three years, tackling topics like the importance of reading aloud, teaching study skills and developing writing lessons for early elementary school.