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BHSU professor receives funding and invitation to present research

Lee Pearce

Dr. Lee Pearce, Black Hills State University associate professor of education, has been invited to present the results of his research at the annual Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) Summit Feb. 27 in Albuquerque, N.M. 

Pearce completed a study to identify early predictors of reading skills and how these skills predicted student reading comprehension scores in grades three through five on South Dakota’s test.  Pearce’s research was supported by the South Dakota Department of Education Reading First Project and is the first of its type to focus on Native American students.

Funding for Pearce’s research has been extended through the next academic year.  The research will continually focus on validating additional predictors of early reading skills including letter naming fluency, non-sense word fluency, phoneme segmentation and initial sound fluency.

Pearce earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s of education degree in counseling. After completion of his doctorate, Lee worked as a psychologist and administrator in a variety of public school, agency and private practice settings. He joined the BHSU faculty in 2007.

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