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Robert Jiménez

Research Professor, Emeritus Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning

Research Area

Comprehension strategies of bilingual readers and their uses for designing instruction; historical, transnational, and economic influences on literacy learning of linguistically diverse students; alternative literacies employed by linguistically diverse students.

Short Biography

Robert Jiménez received his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1992. He was previously a faculty member at the University of Oregon (1990-1994) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1994-2004). He teaches courses in research methods, second language literacy, and issues related to the education of Latino/Latina students. Jiménez has conducted research on the strategic processing of competent and less competent bilingual readers, and on the delivery of services and instruction to language minority students at risk for referral to special education and those with learning disabilities. He is now interested in using an ecological framework to examime the literacies of linguistically diverse students. He is also interested in the potential of alternative literacy practices to promote these same students' personal, political, and economic goals. Previously, Jiménez was both a bilingual and a migrant teacher for three years in northern Illinois. His work has been published in several journals including the American Educational Research Journal, Elementary School Journal, Reading Research Quarterly, The Reading Teacher, and the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.