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Mary Beth Schaefer

Associate Professor
Curriculum and Instruction
EdD, Literacy, University of Pennsylvania
MA, Supervision and Administration, Texas Woman's University
MA, English Literature, Queens College (CUNY)
BA, Secondary Education, Queens College City University of New York
Mary Beth Schaefer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at St. John’s University; she holds a doctorate in Reading/Writing/Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania. She recently published an article in "Urban Education" with Lourdes M. Rivera and has a sole-author article that is provisionally accepted in the Journal of Adult and Adolescent Literacy. She has published in journals such as Middle Grades Research Journal, Middle School Journal, Research in Middle Level Education, Tamara, and Voices in the Middle. The focus of her research is on middle grade students’ college and career readiness and responses to literature. She and co-author Lourdes M. Rivera currently have a book under contract with Palgrave on the research and practice of infusing career development into the academic programs of middle and high schools.

Teaching Interests

Literacy Acquisition and Development Developing Effective Strategies to Teach English Methods Middle School Teaching Methods Understanding the Middle Level Learner

Research Interests

*College and Career Readiness in Secondary Schools *Middle Grades *Literary Responses and Understandings among Young Adolescents *Martial Arts and Literacy *College-School Partnerships

Courses Taught

EDU
101
INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION
EDU
1012
LANG AQUISITION& LITERACY/ADOL
EDU
1096
INNOV STRAT SEC SET: ENGLISH
EDU
7891
INDEPENDENT STUDY - CURR & INS

Select Publications

Journal Articles

Schaefer, M., Malu, K. F., and Yoon, B. (2016). An Historical Overview of the Middle School Movement (1963-2015). Milton Park, Abingdon/Taylor& Francis Group: Research in Middle Level Education/Taylor & Francis. vol. 39, pp. 1-27.

Schaefer, M., and Rivera, L. M. Educational Experiences that Matter to Seniors Graduating From an Urban Early College High School. SAGE publications: Urban Education. pp. 38 .

Yoon, B., Malu, K. F., Schaefer, M., Reyes, C., and Brinegar, K. (2015). Comprehensive and Critical Review of Middle Grades Research and Practice: 2000-2013.. Charlotte, North Carolina: Middle Grades Research Journal/Information Age Publishing. vol. 10, pp. 1-16.

Schaefer, M., and Rivera, L. M. (2014). Working Collaboratively in a Small Secondary School to Facilitate Career Development. Ashland, Ohio/Ashland University: American Secondary Education. vol. 43, pp. 51-68.

Schaefer, M., and Rivera, L. M. (2014). "Just Chillin' on the Quad:" Middle Grades Students in College. Charlotte, North Carolina: Middle Grades Research Journal/Information Age Publishing. vol. 9, pp. 91-107.

Schaefer, M., and Cannova, T. (2014). Navigating Service in Untenured Waters: What it Means to be a Service-Learning Mentor. Greensboro, North Carolina/University of North Carolina: Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement. vol. 5, pp. 4-23.

Schaefer, M. (2014). Facilitating College Readiness through Campus Life Activities.. Milton Park, Abingdon: Research in Middle Level Education Online. vol. 37, pp. 1-19.

Schaefer, M., and Rivera, L. M. (2013). The Prickly Embrace of Engaged Scholarship: What it means to do Research in an Urban Secondary School. Tamara Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry. vol. 11, pp. 67-78.

Schaefer, M. (2013). High Stakes: Teaching Against the Test in an Urban ELA Classroom. Albany, New York: The English Record. vol. 63, pp. 1-43.

Cannova, T., and Schaefer, M. (2012). SAT Coaching in Unlikely Places: Offering Achievement Test Preparation to Students with Academic and Economic Need. Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences. vol. 10,

Schaefer, M., and Rivera, L. M. (2012). College and Career Readiness in the Middle Grades. Charlotte, North Carolina: Middle Grades Research Journal/Information Age Publishing. vol. 7, pp. 51-66.

Schaefer, M. (2011). Becoming a Good Teacher: Struggles from the Swampland. Voices from the Middle/National Council of Teachers of English. vol. 19, pp. 41-45.

Schaefer, M., and Rivera, L. M. (2011). Partnering for College and Career Readiness. Academic Exchange Quarterly. vol. 15, pp. 131-136.

Schaefer, M., Rivera, L. M., and Ophals, E. (2010). Creating a Collaborative Career Development Program for Middle School Students. Middle School Journal/Association for Middle Level Education. vol. 42, pp. 30-38.

Rivera, L. M., and Schaefer, M. (2009). The Career Institute: A Collaborative Career Development Program for Traditionally Underserved Secondary (6-12) Students. Journal of Career Development. vol. 35, pp. 406-426.

Book Chapters

Schaefer, M., and Malu, K. F. (2015). Directions for Future Research: Young Adolescents and Literacy. In: Research on Teaching and Learning with the Literacies of Young Adolescents. Charlotte, North Carolina: pp. 267-273.

Malu, K. F., and Schaefer, M. (2015). Introduction to Teaching and Learning with Young Adolescents. In: Research on Teaching and Learning with the Literacies of Young Adolescents. Charlotte, North Carolina: pp. xxiii-xxvi.

Schaefer, M. (2010). From Loathing to Love: Sandy's Reading Journey. In: Voices from the Middle: Narratives For, By and About the Middle Level Community. Charlotte, North Carolina: pp. 107-125.

Others

Schaefer, M., and Rivera, L. M. College and Career Readiness. In: The Encyclopedia of Middle Grades Education (2nd ed.). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Schaefer, M. (2011). An Interview with author Mary Beth Schaefer by Diane Lapp. Voices from the Middle/National Council of Teachers of English.