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Dr. Alan Flurkey Investigates Strategy to Help Struggling Readers

Dr. Alan Flurkey, professor of literacy studies in Hofstra University’s School of Education, has coauthored a major article titled “Revaluing Readers: Learning from Zachary,” which was published in the January 2016 issue of the National Council of Teachers of English Language Arts journal.

Together with Yetta Goodman (regents professor emerita at the University of Arizona) and Prisca Martens (professor of elementary education at Towson University), Dr. Flurkey investigates retrospective miscue analysis (RMA), which is one of the most powerful instructional strategies for helping readers. In the article, the authors share a case study of their work with Zachary, a 4th grader, to demonstrate the potential of RMA in bringing positive changes for struggling readers.

In addition to authoring several other journal articles and book chapters, Dr. Flurkey is co-editor of three books: Scientific Realism in Studies of Reading; On the Revolution of Reading: The Selected Writings of Kenneth S. Goodman; and Under the Whole Language Umbrella: Many Cultures, Many Voices.

Dr. Flurkey earned a PhD in reading from The University of Arizona in 1997. For his doctoral dissertation, he used miscue analysis to investigate oral reading rate, a study that was awarded as a finalist in the International Reading Association’s Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award in 1998. Prior to joining the Hofstra faculty, he taught elementary grades and special education classes and applied knowledge of the reading process in his work with students. He is the former director of the Reading/Writing Learning Clinic in the Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center at Hofstra.

Dr. Flurkey’s teaching interests include teacher education and doctoral courses that focus on reading and writing assessment, and working with learners with special needs. His research interests focus on reading fluency (flow), miscue analysis and retrospective miscue analysis, slow and inefficient reading, eye-movement miscue analysis, and early literacy development.

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