Barbara A. Bradley, PhD

School of Education - Curriculum & Teaching
Associate Professor
Elementary Education Program Coordinator
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Room 316
University of Kansas
1122 West Campus Rd
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101

Barbara A. Bradley, associate professor, joined the KU faculty in the fall of 2004. Bradley earned a BS degree from SUNY at Stony Brook in biology and psychology, an MA degree in physical education from Adelphi University, and a PhD in reading education from The University of Georgia. She has 14 years experience teaching preschool-aged children with special needs and taught in New York, Virginia, and Colorado.


Barbara teaches undergraduate courses related to literacy in the elementary grades and graduate courses in reading comprehension and reading research. Currently, she is using "flipped instruction" for her undergraduate courses and she teaches her graduate courses using a blended/hybrid approach.

Teaching Interests

  • Preschool
  • Elementary education
  • Early literacy
  • Beginning reading
  • Reading comprehension


Barbara's research focuses on early literacy, particularly language development and book sharing with information texts. She often uses the approach of design-based research or formative experiments to investigate educational issues, and she co-authored the book, On Formative and Design Experiments. Further, Bradley co-directs a 4-week summer study abroad in Italy for education majors.

Barbara has published research in Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, Early Child Development and Care, Journal of Literacy Research, The Reading Teacher, School Psychology Review, and School Psychology Quarterly, and she has presented research at the national conferences of the Literacy Research Association and American Educational Research Association. She currently serves on the editorial review board for The Reading Teacher.

Research Interests

  • Preschool
  • Early childhood
  • Early literacy
  • Book sharing
  • Read alouds
  • Oral language development
  • Formative experiments
  • Design research
  • Design-based research

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Reading Education, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 2004
  • M.A., Physical Education/Adapted Physical Education Adelphi University, Garden City, New York, 1988
  • B.S., Biology and Psychology, SUNY at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York, 1985

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