This conversation between Dr. Sharon Vaughn and her former student, Dr. Jeanne Wanzek, who is now a Professor at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, tells the story of how their research ideas were influenced by their classroom teaching. They also discuss the growing need for intervention research that addresses the specific needs of students with the most intractable reading difficulties.
Together, their work spans more than 3 decades. Dr. Vaughn’s early research was on better understanding literacy practices in special education resource room settings and continued with examining the malleable factors associated with improved intervention effects for a range of learners, including students with reading disabilities and students who are emerging bilingual. From there, Dr. Wanzek examined preventative and remedial instruction for students with reading difficulties, including the factors for implementing the most intensive interventions for students with reading disabilities.