Linda Kucan

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Linda Kucan

Linda Kucan

University of Pittsburgh
5113 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-648-7348


My research interests focus on comprehension and learning from text--particularly informational text. I investigate discussion as a context for comprehension instruction as well as the role of tasks in mediating student learning from text. I am also interested in supporting the vocabulary development of students as a way to mediate their comprehension of complex texts.

I am currently refining a tool for teacher candidates to use in analyzing a text and developing ways for candidates to use the results of that analysis in planning text-based discussions. I am also working on an intervention with middle school students that engages them in using multiple sources in history to learn about the historical practices of sourcing, contextualizing, corroborating, and close reading.

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Recent Publications

  • Cho, B. -Y., Han, H., & Kucan, L. (in press). An exploratory study of middle school learners' historical reading in an Internet environment. Reading and Writing.
  • Kucan, L., & Palincsar, A. S. (2017). Text analysis: Critical component of planning for text-based discussion focused on comprehension of informational texts. Literacy Research and Instruction, 57(2), 100-116.
  • Kucan, L., Cho, B.-Y., & Han, H. (2017). Introducing the historical thinking practice of contextualizing to middle school students. The Social Studies, 108(5), 210-218.