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Brenda J. Buckner

Assistant Professor of Education
Middlefork Hall 358
(765) 973-8581


  • Ph.D., Literacy and Elementary Education, Ball State University, 1994
  • M.Ed., Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education, Ball State University, 1986
  • B.S., Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education (K-8), Indiana State University, 1970

Current Research Interests

Integrating primary sources into the K-12 curriculum; using discussions to teach vocabulary, content, and higher level thinking skills; computer based afterschool programs;  using children’s literature to teach diversity.

Selected Publications

  • Wilde, J., Kreamelmeyer, K., & Buckner, B.( 2008). “The Construction, Administration, and Validation of a Written and Oral Language Assessment in an Undergraduate Teacher Education Program”, Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. London, UK: Routledge.

Selected Presentations

  • “That’s Not a Text!: Primary Sources as Teaching Tools”, National Council of Social Studies Annual Conference, Houston, Texas, Nov 14-16, 2008
  • “Is it really a discussion or are you just asking questions?: Teach Students a Variety of Strategies that will Foster Comprehension”  International Reading Association Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada, May 2-6, 2007
  • “The Development of Written and Oral Assessments for Teacher Candidates”, Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters Annual Meeting, Ferris State University, March 9-10, 2007

Selected Previous Employment Positions

  • Assistant Professor of Literacy Education, Wittenberg University, 2000-2005
  • Instructor of Literacy, Ball State University, 1997-2000
  • Teacher of Grades K-12, 1979-1995

Selected Offices Held in Professional Organizations

  • Indiana State Reading Association Literacy Celebration and Awards Committee, 2007-present

Selected Academic Awards/Recognitions

  • Indiana University East Student Alumni Association Professor of the Month, April 2008
  • Teacher of the Year, Rossville, Georgia, 1990


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