Kresge Faculty Fellows

Kresge College Fellows are dedicated artists, teachers, and scholars drawn from every field of study at the University.
Lucinda Pease-Alvarez
  • Title
    • Professor Emerita
    • Research Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Education Department
  • Affiliations Latin American & Latino Studies, Research Center for the Americas
  • Phone
    831-459-3369
  • Email
  • Fax
    831-459-4618
  • Office Location
    • McHenry Library, rm 3124
  • Mail Stop Education Department
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064

Summary of Expertise

My research focuses on topics related to the use and development of language and literacy among Mexican-descent children and the development of pedagogical perspectives that build on the resources that these children and their families bring to schools and classrooms. I am also engaged in research examining how teachers of English learners are responding to and negotiating recent policy mandates related to the teaching of language and literacy. My scholarship in teacher education is focused on investigating how prospective teachers' experiences with language minority children and their families outside of school informs their perspectives on learning and teaching as well as their instructional practice.

Biography, Education and Training

BA Political Science, Willamette University

MA Education, Stanford University

PhD Education, Stanford University

Honors, Awards and Grants

• 2011-2013 Alliance for Language and Literacy Instruction Effecting Standards (ALLIES), Improving Teacher Quality Grant,California Postsecondary Education Commission. ($500,000)
• 2007- Co-Principal Investigator, Central California Writing Project
• 2005 Carnegie-Goldman QUEST Teacher Educator Fellow
• 2005-07 Making Sense of Open Court: Teachers Negotiating Top-Down Reform in Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners. Linguistic
Minority Research Institute ($61,223)
• 1996-2004 UCSC Links, UC Office of the President ($370,000)
• 1996-1997 AERA/Spencer National Research Faculty
• 1994-98 Language Maintenance and Shift in Early Adolescence, The Spencer
Foundation ($187,5000)
• 1992-94 National Academy of Education, Spencer Fellow

Selected Publications

  • Pease-Alvarez, L. and Samway, K. D. (2012). Teachers of English learners negotiating authoritarian policies. The Netherlands: Springer.
  • Walqui, A. & Pease-Alvarez, L. (2011). Teacher learning for instruction of second language learners. In K. S. Gallagher, R. Goodyear, D. J. Brewer, & R. Rueda (Eds.), Urban education: A model for leadership and policy (pp. 297-310). New York: Routledge.
  • Pease-Alvarez, L. & Thompson, A. (2011). Teachers organizing to resist in a context of compliance. In Kathryn Davis (Ed.), Critical qualitative research in second language studies: Agency and advocacy (pp. 277-295). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Pease-Alvarez, L., Samway, K. D., & Cifka-Herrera, C. (2010). Working within the system: Teachers of English learners negotiating a literacy instruction mandate. Language Policy, 9(4), 313-334.
  • Pease-Alvarez, L. & Samway, K. D. (2008). Negotiating a top-down reading mandate. Language Arts, 86(1), 32-41.
  • Pease-Alvarez, L. & Schecter, S. R. (Eds.) (2005). Learning, Teaching, and Community: Contributions of situated and participatory approaches to educational innovation. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Samway, K. Davies, & Pease-Alvarez, L. (2005). Teachers' perspectives on Open Court. In B. Altwerger (Ed.), Reading for profit: The commercialization of reading instruction (pp. 142-157). Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Pease-Alvarez, L. (2003). Transforming perspectives on bilingual language socialization. In R. Bayley & S. Schecter (Eds.), Language socialization in bi- and multi-lingual societies (pp. 9-24). Clevedon, England: Multilingual Matters.
  • Pease-Alvarez, L. (2002). Moving beyond linear trajectories of language shift and bilingual language socialization. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 24(2), 114-137.