Dr. Melanie Reaves
Department of Educational Theory and Practice
College of Education
Phone: (406) 657-2355
Office: COE 221
Office Hours: Tuesdays 8 am – 10 am Thursdays 8 am – 12 pm
EDU 397A: Teaching Language Arts Methods
EDU 433: Reflective Practices in Teaching Reading
EDEC 430: Social and Emotional Development of Young Children
EDCI 511: Instructional Strategies in Language Arts and Children’s Literature
EDCI 517: Integrating the Arts Across the Elementary Curriculum
I taught in the elementary field for 15 years before pursuing my doctoral degree and teaching at the university level.
Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction: Literacy Education, Qualitative Research Minor, 2014
M.Ed. Master of Teacher Education, 2005
B.S. Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies: History, Interdisciplinary Writing and Rhetoric, 2004
My research focuses broadly on language/literacy and sociocultural processes within learning and teaching. Projects that have emerged in this line of study include affective investments as language and literacy learning scaffolds; learning as embodied social and multimodal practice; interest-based, purpose-driven learning and responsive teaching; social creed and cultural intersections within teaching and learning; and supporting critical thinking through image-based reflection and talk. Methodologically my work is situated within qualitative (e.g., ethnography, case study, narrative inquiry, and phenomenology) and post-qualitative approaches in which I seek to open up the structure of qualitative inquiry while maintaining the use of rigorous research methods. Most recently this methodological quest has led to arts-based research (ABR) methods.