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Tufts University
Eliot-Pearson Department
of Child Study and
Human Development
105 College Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.2592
Fax: 617.627.3503

Curriculum Vitae

Cynthia Ballenger
Professional Development Coordinator, Early Childhood Education

Ph.D., Applied Linguistics, Boston University, Boston, MA., 1994
M.Ed., Teaching Young Children with Special Needs, Wheelock College, Boston, MA, 1984
B.A., Barnard College, New York, NY, 1970

Children's literacy, reading, action research, teacher research, classroom language use, classroom culture

A major goal of my work is to support the development of teacher research as a part of teaching. Teacher-research, as I understand it, explores the assumptions and practices that influence the way we understand children, recognize thinking and orchestrate classroom talk in the service of learning. It is a daily practice of reflection at the intersection of language and culture.

Recent published work includes an account of my teaching in a school for Haitian children, an edited volume of teacher research, a volume on the uses of language in the classroom in relation to science teaching and learning, and a joint paper on understanding the sense-making resources that children from diverse linguistic and cultural communities bring with them to the study of science.


Ballenger, C. (2009). Puzzling Moments, Teachable Moments. NY: Teachers College Press

Ballenger, C. (1999). Teaching Other People's Children: Literacy and Language in a Bilingual Classroom. NY: Teachers College Press Ballenger, C. (Ed.) (2004).

Warren, B., Ballenger, C., Ogonowski, M., Rosebery, A. and Hudicourt-Barnes, J. (2001). Rethinking diversity in learning science. (2000). Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 38, 1-24.

Ballenger, C. (2003). Regarding Children's Words: Papers from the Brookline Teacher Researcher Seminar. New York: Teachers College Press.