Learning and Instruction
Nicola A. McClung

Nicola A. McClung, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Learning and Instruction

Nicola McClung was a teacher in San Francisco public schools for eight years prior to receiving her doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on illuminating various factors in the environment that mitigate or exacerbate reading difficulties. She is particularly interested in challenging the pervasive view in special education that learning difficulties are caused by "problems in children" and, instead, advocates addressing the issue of instructional opportunity.


Ph.D., Human Development and Education, University of California, Berkeley

Research Areas

Reading acquisition; reading instruction; literacy in international contexts; environmental causes of reading difficulty; cross-linguistic reading research; specific learning disabilities; disability studies; data analysis in educational research; multilevel and longitudinal modeling.

Courses Offered
  • Atypical Learning and Development
  • Early Literacy
  • Psychology of Reading
  • Curriculum and Instruction in Special Education
  • Research Methods
  • Secondary Analysis
  • Dissertation Proposal Seminar

Arya, D., McClung, N. A., Maul, A. & Cunningham, A. E. (in press). Exploring the association between early childhood home environment and literacy development internationally. International Journal of Quantitative Research in Education.

McClung, N. A., O'Donnell, C. R. & Cunningham, A. E. (2012). Orthographic learning and the development of visual word recognition. In J. Adelman (Ed.) Visual Word Recognition. Psychology Press.