Brian Cambourne – March 4, 2012

“Conditions of Literacy Learning”
 Dr. Brian Cambourne
University of Wollongong in NSW, Australia

March 4, 2012, 7:00 p.m. EST/USA
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GSU Student moderator: Christi Pace

Dr. Brian Cambourne, associate professor, is currently a Principal Fellow at the University of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia. He started his career by teaching for fifteen years in a variety of small, mostly one-teacher schools. He has since become one of Australian’s most eminent researchers of literacy and learning. He was a post-doctoral Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; a Fulbright Scholar; Research Fellow at the Centre for Studies in Reading at the University of Illinois and Research Fellow at the Learning Centre at Tucson. Currently he is Associate Professor and head of the Language, Learning and Literacy Unit at the University of Wollongong. He began teaching for the NSW Department of Education in 1956 before moving into academic life where he has devoted his research to literacy learning and teaching. His major interest is in professional development for literacy education and he is committed to the idea of co-learning and co-researching with teachers. His national and international scholarship has earned him many prestigious awards, including being inducted into the International Reading Association’s Reading Hall of Fame, and the Outstanding Educational Achievement Award by the Australian College of Educators. Both awards recognize his long-term outstanding contribution over many years to education. In recognition of Dr. Brian Cambourne’s unique contribution to improving the pedagogy of English teaching in Australia and internationally, he was awarded PETAA (Primary English Teaching Association) Life Membership in September 2013.

Dr. Brian Cambourne was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australian 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. He received the honor for his significant service to education in the field of language and literacy, to professional skills development for teachers, and as an author. The GCLR team congratulates Brian Cambourne, whose work is foundational to whole language pedagogy.

A sampling of articles, presentations, and blog posts by or about Brian Cambourne:

Cambourne, B. (August, 2013). The conditions of learning revisited. Presented at Australian Literacy Educators’ Association Tas South, Howrah, Australia.

Cambourne, B. (2012, September 25). Why is reading education so pedagogically confused? [Web log comment]. Retrieved from

Cambourne, B. (2002). The conditions of learning: Is learning natural?. Reading Teacher, 55(8), 758-762. Cambourne-IsLearningNatural

Cambourne, B. (2000). Conditions for literacy learning. Reading Teacher, 54(4), 414-417. Cambourne-ConditionsforLiteracyLearning

Taylor, D. (2001). A day in the life of Brian Cambourne: Teacher, activist, scholar. Language Arts, 79(2), 178-187. Taylor_CambourneTchrActivistScholar

Cambourne, B. (2000). Observing literacy learning in elementary classrooms: Nine years of classroom anthropology. Reading Teacher, 53(6), 512-515. Cambourne-ObservingLiteracyLearning in Elementary Classrooms

Cambourne, B. (1999). Explicit and systematic teaching of reading-a new slogan?. Reading Teacher, 53(2), 126-127. Cambourne-ExplicitSystematicTchgRdg

Cambourne, B. (1995). Toward an educationally relevant theory of literacy learning: Twenty years of inquiry. Reading Teacher, 49(3), 182-190. Cambourne-TowardsEdRelevantTheoryLitLearning

Books by Brian Cambourne:

Geekie, P., Cambourne, B., & Fitzsimmons, P. (1999). Understanding Literacy Development. Trentham Books.

Cambourne, B. & Turbill, J. (Eds.). (1994). Responsive Evaluation: Making Valid Judgments About Student Literacy. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Cambourne, B. & Turbill, J. (1991). Coping with Chaos. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Cambourne, B. (1993). The Whole Story: Natural Learning & the Acquisition of Literacy in the Classroom. NY: Scholastic.

 Brown, H. & Cambourne, B. (1990). Read and Retell: A Strategy for the Whole Language/Natural Learning Classroom. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Cambourne, B. (1984). Language, learning and literacy. Rigby.

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