Barry’s primary research interests have focused on disciplinary literacy and the history of literacy. These interests have merged and resulted in Barry’s work in the International Reading Association’s History of Reading Special Interest Group, serving as Program Chair, Secretary, Vice President and President of this organization. Additionally, she served as Co-editor of the History of Reading Newsletter.
Barry has regularly published research in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and other peer-reviewed journals. Additional publications include book chapters, monographs, grant contributions and Kansas Reading Assessments, Kansas Writing Assessments and related Examiner’s Manuals, and Student Directions booklets.
- Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction-Reading Emphasis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, 1992
- M.S., Learning Disabilities, Chicago State University, Chicago, Illinois, 1978
- B.S., Education, Western Illinois University, Moline, Illinois, 1975
Literacy and Content Area Reading