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
M.A., Human Development and Education, University of California, Berkeley
Teaching Credential: Education Specialist, San Francisco State University
B.A., Art, Grinnell College
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.
- 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
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.