Ian Wilkinson has recently taken up a position as Professor in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the Faculty of Education & Social Work, The University of Auckland. Ian, formerly a Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University, received the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to his appointment at Ohio State, he held positions at the University of Illinois and the University of Auckland.
Originally from Australia, he has lectured and conducted research in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. His research focuses on school and classroom contexts for literacy learning and the cognitive consequences for students. He has conducted research on the impact of classroom talk on students’ reading comprehension and argument literacy and the implications for professional development of teachers, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. As part of his federally funded work, in collaboration with colleagues, he developed ‘Quality Talk’—a general approach to conducting classroom discussions to promote students’ high-level comprehension of text.
His most recent book, co-authored with Alina Reznitskaya, is entitled ‘The Most Reasonable Answer: Helping Students Build Better Arguments Together.’