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Linda J. Ayres, Ph.D.

Research interests:

  • Literacy acquisition
  • Writing development and instruction
  • Assessment
  • Comprehension
  • Phonological and phonemic awareness

Past research activities/experience:

I joined the Oakland faculty in the fall of 2005, after a long and rewarding career in public education. My professional mission has been to teach conscientiously and rigorously in my own classrooms; to assist teachers in developing expertise in their classrooms; to assist administrators in establishing high standards of instruction in their schools; and to create, support, and implement strong curriculum and instruction for school districts.

My research interests include writing, assessment, and comprehension, all focusing around emergent literacy and reading acquisition. Central to my interest in reading acquisition are the areas of phonological and phonemic awareness, which was the topic of my doctoral study. My dissertation,
The efficacy of three training conditions on phonological awareness of kindergarten children and the longitudinal effect of each on later reading acquisition, was awarded the Outstanding Dissertation Award for 1994-95 by the International Reading Association. 

The overlap of my work in the field and my academic interests resulted in the publication of
The Phonological Zoo, a language awareness program for preschool and kindergarten classrooms. Published by Kendall Hunt, it was one of the first publications to transfer research findings in phonological awareness to the classroom, and it has enjoyed widespread use throughout the country.

Current research activities: I am not currently engaged in active research.

Workshops, In-Service Institutes, and Community Events:

I have given numerous presentations on a range of topics in the field of reading, writing, assessment, early literacy, administration, and school leadership, including:

  • Conference presentations for Michigan Reading Association, International Reading Association, Michigan Early Literacy Council, Oakland County Research Evaluation and Assessment Council, Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals’ Association
  • School district staff development sessions
  • Individual school in-service presentations

Vita available upon request