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AERA Literature SIG recognizes dissertation work of UW-Madison alum Quast

April 06, 2018

UW-Madison alumna Erin Quast is receiving recognition for her dissertation work from the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Literature Special Interest Group (SIG).

Erin Quast
Quast, who received her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, is being honored for her dissertation titled, “Racial Meaning Making in 4K: An Ethnographic Collective Case Study.” This work explored preschoolers’ racial meaning making as they participated in an instructional unit on the topic of racial diversity.

Quast is the second place winner of the Shelby Wolf AERA Literature SIG Award for Outstanding Dissertation. This honor recognizes Wolf’s extraordinary legacy in language and literacy education through literature. This biannual award recognizes an outstanding recent doctoral student whose research contributes significantly to understanding educational research on the teaching and learning of literature.

Quast today is an assistant professor of elementary literacy at Illinois State University. Her research focuses on young children’s experiences of literacy, including the reading of diverse texts in classroom contexts.

Quast will be recognized in New York City on Saturday, April 14, during the Literature SIG’s awards presentation. This meeting is taking place during AERA’s 2018 Annual Meeting, which runs April 13-17 in New York.