Dr. Debbie Price

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Debbie Price


(936) 294-1125


TEC 275J

  • Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, Language and Literacy Studies, University of Texas- Austin (1996)
  • M.Ed. Special Education, Louisiana State University- Baton Rouge (1982)
  • B.S. Education, University of Colorado-Boulder (1979)

Areas of Expertise

Emergent literacy, literacy coaching, inquiry based learning


Dr. Debra Price is a Professor in the School of Teaching and Learning at Sam Houston State University and holds degrees from The University of Colorado in Boulder, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and the PHD from The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to pursuing the doctoral degree, Dr. Price taught elementary school for 13 years. She served in the role of professor and director of the Doctoral Program in Literacy in the department of Language, Literacy and Special Populations at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) for 17 years. During that time, Dr. Price taught courses in literacy and special education at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral level. She has authored numerous articles and has presented at several national and international conferences on the topic of literacy. In 2005, Dr. Price was awarded the Sam Houston State University Excellence in Teaching Award, and in 2008, she was named The College Professor of the Year by The Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts. Dr. Price was named Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs in the College of Education in 2014. In that role, she served as a liaison between the 6 doctoral programs, the 15 master’s degree programs and the University Graduate Studies Department. In the fall of 2018, she returned to a full time position as Professor in the School of Teaching and Learning.

Selected Publications

Brooks, B.R., Votteler, N.K., Erasmus, M., & Price, D. (2019). Broadening horizons: American and South African teacher candidates engage in an ABCs online intercultural exchange. In N. Diko, C. Ndebele & L.M. Hove (Eds.), The Dynamics of Teacher Education. Potchefstroom, South Africa: Ivyline Publishers.

Fair, F., Haas, L., Gardosik, C., Johnson, D., Price, D.P. & Leipnik, O., (2015). Socrates in the schools: Gains at Three Year Follow-up. Journal of Philosophy in Schools. 2(2). 5-16.

Fair, F., Haas, L., Johnson, D., & Price, D.P. (2015). Socrates in the schools from Scotland to Texas: Replicating a study on the effects of a philosophy for children program. Journal of Philosophy in Schools. 2(1). 18-37.

Pinto, P, Greybeck, B., Votteler, N., & Price, D. (2015). Effectiveness of instructional strategies in fostering literacy skills of students with autism spectrum disorders. The Dialog. 44(1). 10-14.

Schumm, J., Lewis-Spector, J., Price, D.P., & Doorn, K. (2014) A Content Analysis of College Reading Association/Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Teacher Education Publications: Past, Present, and Future. Literacy Research and Instruction.

Gerber, H. R., & Price, D.P. (2013). Virtual worlds, videogames and writing instruction: Exploring games-based writing practices across content areas. In Preparing Teachers to Teach Writing and Writing Instruction Using Technology. Pytash, Kl, Ferdig, R., & Rasinski, T., (Eds.) (ETC Press) 83-96.

Gerber, H., & Price, D.,P. (2013). Fighting baddies and collecting bananas: Teachers’ perceptions of games-based literacy learning. Educational Media International.

Lane, M., Robbins, M.E., & Price, D.P. (2013). Establishing content validity for a literacy coach 3 Revised 10/2/2017 performance appraisal instrument. Literacy Research and Instruction, 52 (3). 230-253.

Gerber, H. R. & Price, D. P. (2011). Twenty-first-century adolescents, writing and new media: Meeting the challenge with game controllers and laptops. English Journal 101(2). 68-73.

Price, D.P. & Willingham, D. (2006). Literature discussion groups in the developmental classroom: Opportunities for students to reflect upon interpret and apply literacy learning. The Journal of Teaching and Learning, 8(1), 27-33.

Price, D.P., Hoffman, J.V., Roser, N. & Patterson, E. (1999). Inquiry through literature: Bridges and barriers. In T. Shanahan & F. Rodriguez-Brown (Eds.), Forty-sixth Yearbook of the National Reading Conference, Chicago: National Reading Conference.

Price, D.P. (1998). Explicit instruction at point of need. Language Arts. 76 (1), pp19-26. Price, D. P. (1998). Playing for the Yankees in To Research, to Read, to Reason, to Write, to Report. Dowdy, D., Jones, B. & Pinnell, K. New York: Simon and Schuster.

McCarthey, S.J., Hoffman, J. V., Price, D., Abbott, J., Elliott, B., Bayles, D., & Ferree, A. (1998). The literature-based basals: Savior, Satan, or ‘same-old, same-old’? Reading Research Quarterly. 33 (2), pp. 168-197.

McCarthey, S.J., Hoffman, J.V., Abbott, J., Elliott, B., Stahle, D., Price, D., Ferree, A., & Rehders, S. (1996). Learning to read with the "new" literature-based basal reading programs: Some initial findings. In D. Leu and C. Kinzer (Eds.), Forty- fourth Yearbook of the National Reading Conference, Chicago: National Reading Conference.