Charles A. MacArthur
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Professional Experiences and Interests
Charles A. MacArthur is a Professor of Special Education and Literacy in the School of Education at the University of Delaware. His major research interests include writing development and instruction for struggling writers, development of self-regulated strategies, adult literacy, and applications of technology to support reading and writing. He is currently principal investigator (PI) of a $3 million 5-year project to evaluate a writing curriculum for college basic writing classes, Supporting Strategic Writers, which was developed under a prior grant. Previous major federally-funded research projects have focused on writing instruction in first grade, decoding instruction in adult education, development of a writing curriculum for students with learning disabilities, writing strategy instruction, development of multimedia tools to support reading and writing, speech recognition as a writing accommodation, and project-based learning in social studies in inclusive classrooms. He is co-editor of The Journal of Writing Research, was previously editor of The Journal of Special Education, and serves on the editorial boards of several journals. He has published over 100 articles and book chapters and edited several books, including the Handbook of Writing Research, Best Practices in Writing Instruction, and Adult Education Literacy Instruction: A Review of the Research.