Professor, National College of Education
M. Ed, Reading Specialist
Ed. D. Reading and Language
M.A.T. Elementary Education
RLD 603 History of reading research.
RLD 604 Current issues in literacy research: Vocabulary Instruction
RLR 502 Methods and materials for comprehension instruction.
RLR 510 Diagnostic techniques for the reading specialist.
RLR 511 Corrective techniques for the reading specialist.
RLR 592 Practicum in remedial reading.
RLR 593 Seminar in reading research.
RLL 539 Literacy Methods II: 5-9
Areas of Expertise:
Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties
Peter Fisher taught in elementary and high schools in England prior to coming to the USA to complete his doctoral studies at SUNY at Buffalo. Peter’s research interests include vocabulary development and teaching struggling readers. In 1997 he was inducted into the Illinois Reading Hall of Fame.
Blachowicz, C.L.Z., Fisher, P. J., Ogle, D. & Watts-Taffe, S. (In press) Teaching academic vocabulary, K-8. New York: The Guilford Press.
Blachowicz, C.L.Z., & Fisher, P.J.L. (1996; 2002; 2006; 2010). Teaching vocabulary in all classrooms. Columbus, OH: Merrill/Prentice Hall.
Blachowicz, C. l. Z., Fisher, P. J., & Watts-Taffe, S. (2011). Teaching vocabulary. In T. Rasinski (Ed.) Rebuilding the foundation: Effective reading instruction for 21st. century literacy, (pp.203-222). Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
Blachowicz, C. L. Z. & Fisher, P. J. (2011). Best practices in vocabulary instruction revisited. In L. M. Morrow, L. B. Gambrell, (Eds.) Best practices in literacy instruction, fourth edition, (pp.224-249). New York: The Guilford Press.
Fisher, P. J., Blachowicz, C.L.Z, & Watts-Taffe, S. (2010). Vocabulary instruction: Three contemporary issues. In D. Lapp & D. Fisher (Eds.) Handbook of research on teaching the English language arts (3rd. edition)(pp.252-257. Erlbaum/TaylorFrancis.
Fisher, P. J., & Bates, A. (2011). Ten do’s and ten don’ts of word study. Illinois Reading Council Journal, 39(3), 3-13.
Blachowicz, C. & Fisher, P. (2011). A word for the words. Educational Leadership Online, http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/mar11/vol68/num06/A-Word-for-the-Words.aspx
Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo,Reading Education, 1986
M.A., University of Lancaster, England, Reading Studies, 1981
Cert. Ed. Warwick University, England, 1971
B.Sc., Bristol University, England, Philosophy and Politics, 1970
Research and Interests:
Vocabulary Instruction; Struggling Readers