2013 Award Recipient: Peter Smagorinsky
"Vygotsky and Literacy Research: A Methodological Framework"
Peter Smagorinky's culminating book, "Vygotsky and Literacy Research: A Methodological Framework", was chosen by the committee because in it Dr. Smagorinsky helps move his readers beyond the ZPD in relation to Vygotsky's theories to important issues that many of us are thinking and talking about now. He highlights the role of "emotion" (the affective aspect that is often left behind in our discussion about learning as well as other ideas Vygotsky explored).
The committee chose him for this book and for his lifetime contributions as a researcher in English Education. His ability to translate research and theory into support for teachers is a very important contribution to English education.
Peter Smagorinsky will be presented with the 2013 David H. Russell Research Award during the NCTE Annual Convention in Boston, Massachusetts during the General Session on Sunday, November 24, 2013.