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Anne Britt

Research Interests

Argument comprehension and production.

Reading for a purpose.

Learning and reasoning from multiple documents.

Integration of semantic information across multiple documents.

Frequently Taught Classes

  • Psyc 245 Thinking
  • Psyc 305 Research Methods
  • Psyc 612 Problem Solving and Research
  • Psyc 614x Instructional Psychology

Representative Publications

Books

  • Britt, M.A., Rouet, J.-F. & Durik, A.M. (In press). Literacy Beyond Text Comprehension: A Theory of Purposeful Reading. New York: Routledge.

  • Britt, M.A., Goldman, S. R., & Rouet, J.-F. (Eds.) (2013). Reading: From Words to Multiple Texts. New York: Routledge.

Published Papers and Chapters

  • Rouet, J.-F., Britt, M.A., & Durik, A. (2017). RESOLV: Readers’ representation of reading. contexts and tasks. Educational Psychologist.
  • Greiff, S., Scheiter, K., Scherer, R., Borgonovi, F., Britt, M.A., Graesser, A., Kitajima, M., Rouet, J.-F. (2017). Adaptive problem solving: Moving towards a new assessment domain in the second cycle of PIAAC. OECD Education Working Papers, No. 156, OECD Publishing, Paris. http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/90fde2f4-en
  • Wiley, J., Hastings, P., Blaum, D., Jaeger, A.J., Hughes, S., Wallace, P., Griffin, T.D., & Britt, M.A. (2017). Different approaches to assessing the quality of explanations following a multiple-document inquiry activity in science. International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, 1-33. DOI: 10.1007/s40593-017-0138-z
  • Saux, G., Britt, M.A., Le Bigot, L., Vibert, N., Burin, D., & Rouet, J.-F. (2017). Conflicting but close: Readers’ integration of information sources as a function of their disagreement. Memory & Cognition, 45(1), 151-167. DOI 10.3758/s13421-016-0644-5
  • Blaum, D., Griffin, T.D., Wiley, J., & Britt, M.A. (2017). Thinking about global warming: The effect of policy-related documents and prompts on learning about causes of climate change. Discourse Processes, 54, 303-316.
  • Goldman, S.R., Britt, M.A., Brown, W., Cribb, G., George, M.A., Greenleaf, C., Lee, C.D., Shanahan, C., & Project READI. (2016). Disciplinary literacies and learning to read for understanding: a conceptual framework of core processes and constructs. Educational Psychologist, 51, 219-246.
  • Rouet, J.-F., Le Bigot, L., de Pereyra, G. & Britt, M.A. (2016). Whose story is this? Discrepancy triggers readers' attention to source information in short narratives. Reading and Writing, 29, 1549–1570.
  • Britt, M. A., Kopp, K., Durik, A.M., Blaum, D., & Hastings, P. (2016). Identifying general cognitive abilities involved in argument comprehension and evaluation. Zeitschrift für Pädagogische Psychologie, 30, 79-95. DOI: 10.1024/1010-0652/a000173
  • Dandotkar, S., Magliano, J.P., & Britt, M. A. (2016). The effect logical relatedness and semantic overlap on argument evaluation. Discourse Processes, 7, 581-602.

Representative Grants

  • Reading for Understanding Across Grades 6 through 12: Evidence-based Argumentation for Disciplinary Learning (2010-2015). U.S. Department of Education. PI: Susan Goldman, Co-PI's: M. Anne Britt, Carol Lee (Northwestern University), Cynthia Greenleaf (WestEd), Matt Brown (Inquirium LLC). ($19.2 million, NIU's subcontract is $2,416,211).

  • Acquiring Research Investigative and Evaluative Skills (ARIES) for Scientific Inquiry R305B070349 (2007-2011). $1,986,743.00 from the U.S. Department of Education. PI: Keith Millis. Co-PI’s with, Katja Wiemer, and Joe Magliano.

  • Recruitment and Retention of Minority Role Models in Science and Engineering through Improving Critical Thinking Skills and Scientific Understanding $297,600 from the U.S. Department of Education. Keith Millis PI, CO-PIs with Katja Wiemer, and Joe Magliano.

 

Associate Professor, Cognitive and Instructional Psychology
Distinguished Teaching Professor

PSYC 102 Coordinator

815-753-7069
britt@niu.edu
PM 414

Vita

Education

Ph.D. Cognitive Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, 1991 at the Learning Research and Development Center