Scholarly Impact

(Bold indicates student author)

Books

Kerkhoff, S. & Spires, H. (Eds).(Proposal Under Review). Handbook of global literacies.

Spires, H., Kerkhoff, S., & Medlock Paul, C. (2020). Read, Write, Inquire: Disciplinary Literacy in Grades 6-12. Teachers College Press.

Spires, H. (2018). (Ed.) Digital transformation and innovation in Chinese education. Hershey, PA: IGI Global Publishing.

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Editor for Special Issue of Journal of Media and Communication

Spires, H. (2019). (Ed). Critical perspectives on digital literacies: Creating a path forward. Journal of Media and Communication, 7(2).

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Chapters

Kerkhoff, S. N., Spires, H., & Wright, S. J. (2020). A world of difference: Teaching global citizenship through inquiry in a rural junior high school. In A. Cordova W. Reynolds (Eds.) Educating for social justice: Field notes from rural communities. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Spires, H., Green, K., & Liang, P. (2018). Chinese parents’ perspectives on international higher education and innovation. In H. Spires (Ed.), Digital transformation and innovation in Chinese education. Hershey, PA: IGI-Global Publishing.

Spires, H., Himes, M., & Wang, L. (2018). Connecting to the future: Designing a state-of-the-art high school in Suzhou, China. In H. Spires (Ed.), Digital transformation and innovation in Chinese education (pp. 191-210). Hershey, PA: IGI-Global Publishing.

Spires, H., Kerkhoff, S. & Zheng, M. (2018). Creating a community of inquiry with teachers in China: New literacies, new complexities. In H. Spires (Ed.), Digital transformation and innovation in Chinese education (pp. 100-118). Hershey, PA: IGI-Global Publishing.

Spires, H., Paul, C., & Yuan, C. (2018). Project-based inquiry: Professional development with Chinese EFL elementary teachers. In P. Roberson & T. Huber (Eds.), Inquiries into literacy learning and intercultural competency in a world of border tensions. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Spires, H. A., Paul, C., & Kerkhoff, S. N. (2018). Digital literacy for the 21st century. In M. Khosrow-Pour (Ed.), Encyclopedia of information science and technology (4th ed, pp. 2235 – 2245). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Spires, H., & Kerkhoff, S. (2016). New literacies. In S. B. Mertens, M. M. Caskey, & N. Flowers (Eds.), The encyclopedia of middle grades education (2nd ed., pp. 282-286). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Spires, H., Zheng, M., & Bartlett, M. (2015). Digital gameplay: Effects on young adolescents’ science content learning. In K. Malu & M.B. Schaefer, (Eds.), Research on teaching and learning with the literacies of young adolescents (Vol. 10, pp. 75-95). Handbook of research in middle level education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

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Refereed Journal Articles

Spires, H., Himes, M., & Lee, C., & Gambino, A. (2021, in press). “We Are the future”: Embracing the potential for critical literacy and social action. Journal of Literacy Research.

Himes, M., Spires, H.A., Krupa, E., & Good, C. (2020). Project-based inquiry (PBI) global: Interdisciplinary science learning on water and sanitation. The Science Teacher, 88(2), 36-41.

Kerkhoff, S., Spires, H., & Wanyonyi, P. (2020). Teaching new literacies and inquiry: A grassroots effort to bring about educational change in Kenya. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 64(2), 145-156.

Spires, H., Nesbitt, K., Paul, C. & Lester, J. (2019). Game-based literacies and learning: Towards a transactional theoretical perspective. Journal of Literacy and Technology, 20(4), 81-134.

Spires, H., Himes, M., Paul, C. & Kerkhoff, S. (2019). Going global with project-based inquiry: Cosmopolitan literacies in practice. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 63(1), 51-64.

Johnson, L., & McHugh, S., Eagle, J., & Spires, H. (2019). Project-based inquiry (PBI) global in the kindergarten classroom: Inquiring about the world. Early Childhood Education Journal, 47(5), 607-613.

Spires, H., Medlock Paul, C., Himes, M. & Yuan, C. (2018). Cross-cultural collaborative inquiry: A collective case study with students from China and the US. International Journal of Educational Research, 91, 28-40.

Spires, H., Kerkhoff, S., & Fortune, N. (2018). Educational cosmopolitanism and collaborative inquiry with Chinese and US teachers. Teaching Education, 30(4), 437 – 454.

Spires, H., Kerkhoff, S., Graham, A., Thompson, I., & Lee, J. (2018). Operationalizing and validating disciplinary literacy in secondary education. Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 31(6), 1401 – 1434.

Graham, A., Kerkhoff, S., & Spires, H. (2017). Disciplinary literacy in the middle school: Exploring pedagogical tensions. Middle Grades Research Journal, 11(1).

Pruden, M., Kerkhoff, S., Spires, H., & Lester, J. (2017). Enhancing writing achievement through a digital learning environment: Case studies of three struggling adolescent male writers. Reading and Writing Quarterly: Overcoming Learning Difficulties, 33(1), 1–19.

Spires, H., Himes, M., & Wang, L. (2016). Cross-cultural inquiry in science. Educational Leadership, 74(4), 72-74.

Spires, H., Himes, M., & Lyjak, E. (2016, July). Connecting classrooms to the future: Developing cross-cultural understandings through project-based inquiry. Literacy Today, 34(1), 26-27.

Spires, H., Kerkhoff, S., & Graham, A. (2016). Disciplinary literacy and inquiry: Teaching for deeper learning. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 60(2), 51-61.

Spires, H. & Lester, J. (2016). Game-based learning: Creating a multidisciplinary community of inquiry. On the Horizon, 24(1).

Kerkhoff, S. & Spires, H. (2015). Getting close to close reading: Teachers making instructional shifts in early literacy. Journal of Language and Literacy, 11(2).

Spires, H. (2015). Digital game-based learning: What’s literacy got to do with it? Journal of Adolescent and Adult Learning, 59(2), 125-130.

Lee, J., Spires, H., Wiebe, E., Hollebrands, K., & Young, C. (2015). Portrait of a one-to-one learning environment within a new learning ecology. International Journal of Learning, Teaching, and Educational Research, 10(3), 78-101. http://ijlter.org/index.php/ijlter/article/view/274/pdf

Lester, J., Spires, H., Nietfeld, J., Minogue, J., Mott, B., & Lobeni, E. (2014). Designing game- based learning environments for elementary science education: A narrative centered learning perspective. Information Sciences, 264, 4-18.

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Conference Papers and Presentations

International

Spires, H., & Himes, M. (2020, November). Supporting students’ science content knowledge through Project-Based Inquiry (PBI) Global. Global Education Conference Online.

Spires H., Himes, M., & Gambino, A. (2020, May). Engaging in Global Inquiry: Students and teachers as agents of change. Learning Revolution Conference Online.

Spires, H. (2019, May). Going global with teaching and learning. Beijing Royal School Conference, Beijing, China. (invited)

Spires, H. (2019, May). Going global with project-based inquiry: Embracing diverse learners. Moonshot Academy. Beijing, China. (invited)

Spires, H., Himes, M., & Lee, C. (2019, April). “We are the future”: Embracing the potential for critical literacy and social action. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada.

Lecorchick, D., & Peterson, B., Spires, H. (2019, April). Curricular STEMification, In-service teacher education, and course development in a semi-periphery country: An American and Chinese collaboration. Paper presented at the IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Spires, H. & Liu, H. (2016, March). Collaborative inquiry and mobile learning: An innovative, pedagogical approach with Chinese and American students. Paper presented at UNESCO Mobile Learning Conference, Paris, France.

Spires, H. (2015, December). Innovative pedagogies for the Chinese high school. Keynote speaker at Suzhou North America High School, Suzhou, China. (invited).

Spires, H., Gambino, A. & Wang, L. (2015, July). Designing a state-of-the-art high school in China: Partnerships that transform student learning. Paper presented at The Learner Conference, Madrid, Spain.

Spires, H., Yuan, C., Bot, S., & Himes, M. (2015, July). Embracing project-based inquiry and multimodality: A cross-cultural collaboration among Chinese and US students. Paper presented at The Learner Conference, Madrid, Spain.

Spires, H., Kerkhoff, S. & Graham, A. (2015, July). Teaching disciplinary literacy for deeper learning through a massively online open course. Paper presented at The Learner Conference, Madrid, Spain.

Spires, H. (2015, March). Innovative pedagogies for the Chinese high school classroom. Keynote speaker for Mudhu High School, Suzhou, Jiangsu, Province, China. (invited).

Spires, H. (2015, March). Project-based inquiry goes global. Keynote speaker at Beijing Royal School, Beijing, China. (invited).

Spires, H. (2015, March). Suzhou North America High School: Connecting to the future. Keynote speaker at the New High School Planning and Development Conference, Suzhou, Jiangsu, Province, China. (invited).

Spires, H. (2014, January). Embracing blended learning: Personalization, academic rigor, and global connections. Invited presentation for Suzhou Education Commission. Suzhou, China.

Spires, H., Zheng, M., & Meluso, A. (2012, April). Digital gameplay: Enhancing science content learning and problem solving with early adolescent students. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, Canada.

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National

Kerkhoff, S., Spires, H. & Wanyoni, P. (2021). Teaching new literacies and inquiry: A grassroots effort to bring about educational change in Kenya. Paper presented at American Education Research Association.

Spires, H., Himes, M., Gambino, A. (2020, October). Reconnecting in disconnected times: Project-Based Inquiry (PBI) Global. Emergency Home Learning Summit Online.

Kerkhoff, S. N. & Spires, H.A. (2019, October). Disciplinary literacy and inquiry for deep learning. Paper presented at the International Literacy Association Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Kerkhoff, S. N., & Spires, H. A. (2018, November). The Inquiry Initiative: Professional development with teachers in rural Kenya to integrate inquiry-based learning and critical literacy instruction. Paper presented at NCTE Annual Convention, Houston, TX.

Spires, H., Green, K., & Liang, P. (2018). Chinese parents’ perspectives on international higher education and innovation. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.

Spires, H.A., Paul, C.M., Himes, M., & Yuan, C. (2017, December). Cross-cultural, digital, collaborative inquiry: A collective case study with students from China and the US. In H.A. Spires (Chair), Expanding meaning through digital literacies and inquiry: Research perspectives from diverse geographical and cultural contexts. Symposium conducted at the Literacy Research Association Conference, Tampa, FL.

Spires, H., Kerkhoff, S., & Fortune, N. (2017, April). Educational cosmopolitanism and collaborative inquiry: A collective case study with teachers from China and the US. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.

Hagerman, M. & Spires, H. (2017, April). Synthesis of digital literacies research: Informing practice. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.

Graham, A., Kerkhoff, S., & Spires, H. (2016). Disciplinary literacy in the middle school: Navigating pedagogical tensions. Paper presented at the Literacy Research Association, Conference, Nashville, TN.

Spires, H., & Paul, C. (2016). MOOCs, disciplinary literacy, and inquiry: Supporting transformative teaching and learning. Paper presented at the Literacy Research Association Conference, Nashville, TN.

Graham, A., Spires, H., & Kerkhoff, S. (2016, April). Towards disciplinary literacy for deeper learning: Case studies of middle grades teachers. Paper presented at the American Education Research Association, Washington, DC.

Spires, H., Kerkhoff, S., Graham, A., Thompson, I., & Lee, J. (2015, December). Operationalizing and validating disciplinary literacy. Paper presented at the Literacy Research Association Conference, Carlsbad, CA.

Spires, H., Kerkhoff, S., & Graham, A. (2015, December) Designing and implementing a massive open online course (MOOC) to support disciplinary literacy and inquiry. Paper presented at the Literacy Research Association Conference, Carlsbad, CA.

Spires, H., Thompson, I., Kerkhoff, S., Graham, A., & Lee, J. (2015, April). Understanding and testing the construct of disciplinary literacy. Poster session at the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

Hagerman, M. & Spires, H. (2014, December). Synthesis of digital literacies research: Informing practice. Paper presented at the Literacy Research Association Conference, San Marco, FL.

Spires, H., Zheng, M., & Bartlett, M. (2014, April). Digital gameplay: Effects on young adolescents’ science content learning. Paper presented at American Education Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.

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Regional

Spires, H. (2021). Engaging students in critical literacy and inquiry during remote learning. LeJeune Reading Council. (invited).

Spires, H. (2020). Engaging students in inquiry during a pandemic: Strategies that work. Raleigh/Wake Reading Association, Raleigh, NC. (invited).

Spires, H. (2020). Teaching remotely during a pandemic. AB Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School. Raleigh, NC. (invited).

Spires, H. Himes, M. & Eagle, J. (2019, April). Project-based inquiry (PBI) global: Engaging readers who struggle. NC Reading Association. Raleigh, NC. (invited)

Lecorchick, D., Spires, H., & Gallo, L. (2019, March). Makerspace curriculum development and implementation toward cross-cultural integrative STEM learning: A US and China high school collaboration. Paper presented at the American Society of Engineering Education Southeastern Section Conference, Raleigh, NC.

Spires, H. Himes, M. & Eagle, J. (2019, February). Digital and global literacies: Engaging all students to read, write, and inquire. Raleigh/Wake Reading Association. Raleigh, NC.

Spires, H. (2018). Navigating educational collaborations with China in turbulent times. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Raleigh, NC. (invited)

Spires, H. (2018, April). Collaborate across cultures: Read, write and inquire. Featured speaker for the North Carolina Reading Association, Raleigh, NC. (invited)

Spires, H.A., Paul, C.M., & Ndey-Bongo, N. (2018, March). Every drop counts: A PBI Global project. Professional development session presented at the North Carolina Reading Association Annual Conference, Raleigh, NC. (invited)

Spires, H.A., Paul, C.M., Yuan, C., & Wang, L. (2018, March). Inquiry as an engaging, high impact practice for readers who struggle. Professional development workshop conducted at the North Carolina Reading Association Annual Conference, Raleigh, NC.

Spires, H. (2017, March). Going digital, going global: Read, write and create for deeper learning. Invited featured speaker for North Carolina Reading Association, Raleigh, NC.

Spires, H., Himes, M., & Paul, C. (2017, March). High impact practices for readers who struggle. Institute conducted at the North Carolina Reading Association, Raleigh, NC. (invited)

Spires, H., Himes, M., Medlock Paul, C. & Chang, Y. (2017, March). Engaging struggling readers through digital literacies. Institute conducted at the North Carolina Reading Association, Raleigh, NC. (invited)

Spires, H. (2016, October). Going digital, going global: Inquiry for deeper learning. Keynote speaker for World View Conference – K-12 Global Symposium: Innovation and Technology to Drive Global Learning, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. (invited)

Spires, H. (2016, August). Project-based inquiry going global: Connecting to the future. Keynote speaker for World View Conference, Ragsdale High School, Jamestown, NC. (invited).

Spires, H., Kerkhoff, S., Himes, M. & Chang, Y. (2016, March). Digital literacies: Engaging struggling readers. Institute conducted at the North Carolina Reading Association, Raleigh, NC. (invited).

Spires, H. & Medlock, C. (2016, March). Reading strategies for students who live in poverty. Paper presented at the North Carolina Reading Association, Raleigh, NC.

Spires, H., Yuan, C., Sonja Bot, & Himes, M. (2015, March). Project-based inquiry goes global. Paper presented at the North Carolina Reading Association, Raleigh, NC.

Spires, H., Kerkhoff, S., & Hoffman, A. (2015, March). Disciplinary literacy for deeper learning. Paper presented at the North Carolina Reading Association, Raleigh, NC.

Spires, H. (2014). Disciplinary literacy for deeper learning. Adolescent Literacy Research to Practice Bridge Event. REL Southeast at Florida State University. Friday Institute, NCSU. (invited)

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Ph.D. Students

Lili Wang (expected August, 2021), (Chair, Hiller Spires) Dissertation: Exploring how Chinese English learner teachers integrate technology

Dr. Casey Medlock Paul (2018), (Chair, Hiller Spires) Dissertation: Critical literacy pedagogy: Establishing the factors of critical literacy instruction through a mixed methods approach

Dr. Michael Shane Fletcher (2016, December), (Chair, Hiller Spires) Dissertation: Finding their voices: A narrative inquiry of sixth-grade Lumbee males who struggle with reading

Dr. Shea Kerkhoff (2016), (Chair, Hiller Spires) Dissertation: Designing global futures: A mixed methods study to develop and validate the teaching for global readiness scale

Dr. Erin Culpepper Edwards (2015), (Chair, Hiller Spires; Co-chair, Kristin Conradi) Dissertation: Exploring teachers’ beliefs about reading standards: A Q-methodology study.

Dr. Melissa Bartlett (2014), (Chair, Hiller Spires) Dissertation: High school students reading informational texts: A comparison of written and video response modalities

Dr. Meghan Leibfreund (2014), (Chair, Kristin Conradi; Co-chair, Hiller Spires) Dissertation: Success with informational text comprehension: An examination of underlying factors

Dr. Meixun Zheng (2012), (Chair, Hiller Spires) Dissertation: Fifth graders’ flow experience in a game-based science learning environment

Dr. Lisa Hervey (2011), (Chair, Hiller Spires) Dissertation: Between the notion and the act: Veteran teachers’ TPACK and practice in 1:1 setting

Dr. Pru Cuper (2003), (Chair, Hiller Spires) Dissertation: Novel readings: Exploring the effects of technology-enhanced activities on literature engagement and social learning in middle school

Dr. Marianna Walker (1999), (Chair, Hiller Spires) Dissertation: Hemispheric processing characteristics for lexical decisions in adults with reading disorders

Dr. Cheryl Bolick (1998), (Chair, Peter Martorella; Co-chair, Hiller Spires) Dissertation: An analysis of patterns of computer mediated communication within the social studies student teaching experience

Dr. Lois Huffman (1998), (Chair, Hiller Spires) Dissertation: Race and ethnic portrayal in widely adopted reading methods textbooks

Dr. Patricia Douville (1996), (Chair, Hiller Spires) Dissertation: Bringing text to life: The effects of a multi-sensory imagery strategy on fifth-graders’ prose processing

Dr. Cynthia Chamblee, (1995), (Chair, Hiller Spires) Dissertation: Peer group discussion: Developing the evolving, personal interpretations of literary and expository text in the middle school

Dr. Lu Huntley (1994), (Chair, Hiller Spires) Dissertation: Connections between writing and reading: A description of secondary integrative pedagogy

Dr. Jan Donley (1993), (Chair, Hiller Spires) Dissertation: Effects of instructional context on academic performance and self‑regulated learning in underprepared college students

Dr. June Marshall (1992), (Chair Peter Martorella; Co- chair Hiller Spires;) Dissertation: The effects of reciprocal teaching with a group recognition structure on fifth graders’ reading comprehension achievement and attitudes toward reading

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