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Prisca Martens, Ph.D.

Professor and Assistant Chair

Office:   Psychology Building, Room 116
Phone:   410-704-5907

Prisca Martens

Prisca Martens is a professor in the Department of Elementary Education at Towson University, Towson, Maryland, where she teaches courses in literacy and children’s literature. She taught elementary school for 17 years before pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Arizona. Her research and interests focus on early literacy, miscue analysis, and children’s literature. Her current research investigates how helping young children read the language of art in the illustrations of picture books and integrating that meaning with the meaning in the written text enhances children’s understanding and appreciation of story. Prisca is active in professional organizations, including the National Council of Teachers of English, the International Reading Association, the Center for Expansion of Language and Thinking, and the Literacy Research Association. Prisca has written numerous articles and book chapters and is the author of I Already Know How to Read: A Child’s View of Literacy and co-editor (with Yetta Goodman) of Critical Issues in Early Literacy: Research and Pedagogy.

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