Lori Norton-Meier

Lori Norton-Meier

Professor, Literacy Education
Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Room 237 - College of Education and Human Development
Office: 502-852-1316
Fax: 502-852-1497
lori.nortonmeier @ louisville.edu

Dr. Norton-Meier's curriculum [PDF]

Educational Background

  • PhD, Language, Literacy and Culture Early Childhood/Elementary Education, University of Iowa, 1998
  • MA, Early Childhood Education, University of Iowa, 1995
  • B.S., Child, Parent and Community Services, Iowa State University, 1986

Teaching Areas

  • Literacy Research and Theory
  • Literacy Learning and Cultural Difference
  • Literacy Teaching and Technology
  • Emergent Literacy

Research Interests

  • The International Science Literacy Project: Research studies of inquiry-based science, language and literacy
  • Play, literacy, and the pursuit of happiness: An ethnographic study across the life span
  • Parent-Kid-Teacher Investigators (PKTI): A study of the development of a learning community


  • Center for the Expansion of Language and Thinking (CELT), board member
  • College Faculty Personnel Committee
  • College Curriculum Committee

Professional Memberships

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • International Reading Association
  • Literacy Research Association
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children

Selected Publications

  • Norton-Meier, L., Hand, B., Hockenberry, L. & Wise, K. (2008). Questions, claims, & evidence: The important place of argument in children’s science writing. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Hand, B., Norton-Meier, L., Staker, J. & Bintz, J. (2009). Negotiating Science: The critical role of argument in student inquiry. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Norton-Meier, L., Drake, C., Tidwell, M. (2009). Writing a Mathematics Community: A Pen Pal Inquiry Project. Language Arts. 86(4). 245-256.
  • Norton-Meier, L. (2009). In defense of crappy literature: When the book is bad but the literary thinking is rich! Language Arts. 86(3). 188-195.
  • Ackay, H., Hand, B., & Norton-Meier, L. (2010). Creative writing and promoting understanding in science: Alternative ways to interest students in writing about science. School Science Review, 92(339), 49-53.
  • Cavagnetto, A., Hand, B. & Norton-Meier, L. (2010). The nature of elementary student science discourse in the context of the science writing heuristic approach. International Journal of Science Education, 32(4), 427-449.
  • Norton-Meier, L. & Drake, C. (2010). When third space is more than the library: The complexities of theorizing and learning to use family and community resources to teach elementary literacy and mathematics. In Ellis, V., Edwards, A., & Smagorinsky, P. (Eds.). Cultural-Historical perspectives on teacher education and development. London: Routledge.
  • Hand, B. & Norton-Meier, L. (2011). Voices from the Classroom: Elementary teachers’ experience with argument–based inquiry. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.