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Penny Freppon

Title: Professor Emerita
Office: 608E Teachers College
Tel: 859-760-7512
Email: freppopa@ucmail.uc.edu

Dr. Freppon joined the University of Cincinnati in 1990. Her research interests are in teachers’ professional development and teachers’ interpretations of their professional development, and in children’s literacy interpretations in different instructional settings. Dr. Freppon has done comparative research on whole language/literature-based classrooms and skills-based classrooms. She is published in national and international journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, The Journal of Literacy Research, Language Arts, Reading and Writing Quarterly, Research in the Teaching of English, and the American Educational Research Association Journal. Currently, Dr. Freppon is working on a three-year Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking project with the International Reading Association and the Soros Open Society Institute in Uzbekistan. She is also working on a State of Ohio Project that involves Reading Specialist from all of southern Ohio, their schools, and the primary-grade teachers in these schools. She serves on review boards of 5 major journals. Dr. Freppon teaches courses in Assessment and Improvement of Literacy Problems and the co-requisite practicum courses. She has directed the Manney Literacy Center since 1992.

Research Information

Research Support

  • (PI), Freppon, Penny, Literacy Education Partnership Field Faculty Network Structure, Ohio Department of Education. (FY 06), $181,200.00. 07/01/2005 to 06/30/2007. Status: Closed.
  • (PI), Freppon, Penny, Literacy Education Partnership Field Faculty Network Structure, Ohio Department of Administrative Services. (DAS-0A04004), $87,534.00. 12/16/2003 to 06/30/2004. Status: Closed.
  • (PI), Freppon, Penny, Literacy Education Partnership Field Faculty Network Structure, Ohio Department of Education. (OSP05121), $89,261.00. 07/01/2004 to 06/30/2005. Status: Closed.
  • (PI), Freppon, Penny, Literacy Specialist Project, Ohio Department of Education. (OSP02133), $79,500.00. 07/01/2001 to 06/30/2002. Status: Closed.
  • (PI), Freppon, Penny, Literacy Specialist Project, Ohio Department of Education. (062927-RWFC-03), $75,000.00. 07/01/2002 to 06/30/2003. Status: Closed.
  • (PI), Freppon, Penny, Literacy Specialist Project, Ohio Department of Education. (062927-PL00-00/01), $75,000.00. 03/01/2000 to 06/30/2001. Status: Closed.

Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Freppon, P., & Dahl, K. (1998). Balanced instruction: insights and considerations. Reading Research Quarterly, 33, 240-251.
  • Dahl, K., & Freppon, P. (1995). A comparison of inner-city children's interpretation of reading and writing instruction in the early grades in skills-based and whole language classrooms. Reading Research Quarterly, 30, 50-74.
  • Freppon, P., McIntyre, E., & Dahl, K. (1995). A comparison of young children's writing products in skill-based and whole language classrooms. Reading Horizons, 36, 150-165.
  • Williams, C., Freppon, P., Bauer, A., & Barry, P. (1995). Final report of the even start family literacy program evaluation. Cincinnati Public Schools and the Urban University Grant Program.
  • V, P., McIntyre, E., & Freppon, P. (1995). Learning written storybook language in school: a comparison of low ses children in skill-based and whole language classrooms. American Educational Research Journal, 32, 659-685.
  • Freppon,P.A. (1995). Low-income children's literacy interpretations in a skills-based and whole language classroom. Journal of Reading Behavior, 27, 505-533.

Book Chapters

  • Zins, J., Travis, L., & Freppon, P. (1997). Emotional development and emotional literacy. In Salovey,P.; Sluyter,D. (Eds.), Linking research and educational programming to promote social and emotional learning New York: Basic Books. National Association of School Psychologists.
  • Zins, J., Travis, L., Freppon, P., & Sluyter, D. (1997). Emotional development and emotional literacy. In Salvoey,P. (Eds.), Programing: Applications for the prevention of interpersonal violence in schools (pp.257-274). New York: Basic Books.
  • Freppon, P., & Headings, L. (1996). Balanced instruction: teaching skills in whole language. In McIntyre,E.; Pressley,M. (Eds.), "Keeping it whole in whole language": A first-grade teacher's phonics instruction in an urban classroom Norwood, MA: Christopher Gordon.