Expanding Literacies with Diana Arya

Professor Diana Arya

We kick of the 3rd season of Schooled Radio by talking to Diana Arya, an associate professor in UCSB's Department of Education and Faculty Director of the McEnroe Reading Clinic. Arya’s research interests focus on the literacy practices and processes within K-12 science classrooms and professional scientific communities. Through her investigations of text-based (data, simulations, co-constructions, etc.) and inquiry-based activities in third grade, middle school, high school, and professional contexts, she explores what counts as science and scientific discourse across these learning communities. As such, Diana’s research is focused on language in use within the intersections of school science curricula, the varied genres of scientific texts, classroom interactions, and how disciplinary knowledge is constructed within the context of the discursive practices of scientists across disciplines.

Learn more about her work at the Community Based Literacies (CBL) website. CBL is an interdisciplinary, multicultural, and multilingual community of university students, staff, and faculty who position themselves as co-thinkers, co-researchers, co-designers, and co-creators with local youth and educators.

CBL programs invite members to explore, envision, and collaborate on a variety of literacy-driven topics and issues, particularly those relevant to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) within the context of environmental sustainability. The philosophy of CBL pedagogy foregrounds collaboration, support, and emotional connections among all members. As such, CBL has no hierarchy and actively stretches the boundaries of traditional notions of learning that integrates critical sociocultural issues for equity and social justice.

Arya received their Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, Society and Culture (LLSC) from the University of California, Berkeley, and holds M.A. degrees in education-related subjects from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (literacy and special education) and the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (applied linguistics).

Bits of music you might notice: Yo La Tengo, "Georgia Vs. Yo La Tengo;" Andrew Bird, "Plasticities;" Los Straitjackets, "I Read a Lot."

This episode first aired on KCSB-FM 91.9 at 10:00 am PST on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.