Campus Directory: Robin Bright

University of Lethbridge

Robin Bright
Assistant Dean ( On Leave )
Edu - Field Experiences
Office: TH434 (Turcotte Hall)
Phone: (403) 329-2444
Professor ( On Leave )
Education - Faculty Members
Office: TH434 (Turcotte Hall)
Phone: (403) 329-2444


B.A. (Modern Languages); B.Ed. (French Language Education); M.Ed. (Language Education); Ph.D. (English/Language Arts)


Emergent literacy, Children's and young adult literature, Writing processes, Begininng reading and writing, Gender issues in education, Teacher education and literacy, Parents/Family literacy, New Literacy (online communications)

Research Areas

Writing instruction, Technology and communication patterns among teens, Literacy in teacher education

Previous Research Areas

Early childhood/elementary education, Teacher development, Writing instruction, Gender issues in education, Technology and communication patterns among teens


DegreeFieldInstitutionYear Granted
Ph.D.English/Language ArtsUniversity of Victoria, BC1993
M.Ed.Language EducationUniversity of Lethbridge, AB1988
B.Ed.French Language EducationUniversity of Lethbridge, AB1981
B.A.Modern LanguagesUniversity of Lethbridge, AB and L'Universite de Sherbrooke, PQ1979

Robin M. Bright is a Professor at the University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, in the Faculty of Education. She teaches courses to undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of language arts, reading, writing and gender.

Previously, Dr. Bright taught elementary school for ten years. She is the author of Writing Instruction in the Intermediate Grades: What is Said, What is Done, What is Understood International Reading Association, 1995), From Your Child's Teacher: Helping a Child Learn to Read Write and Speak (F. P. Hendriks, 1998), Write From the Start: Writers Workshop in the Primary Grades (Portage & Main, 2002), and numerous articles on learning to read and write. Along with Literacy Research Center colleagues, Dr. Michael Pollard and Dr. Pamela Winsor, she has produced a Canadian version of the widely-used textbook for student and practicing teachers entitled, Language Arts: Content and Teaching Strategies, 3rd Edition, (Pearson Education, 2004). Her work has appeared in Journal of Reading Education, English Quarterly, Canadian Children, Canadian Journal of English Language Arts, Alberta English, The Writing Teacher, and Journal of Teacher Education. She is the mother of two daughters, Amy and Erin, and she and her husband Glenn, enjoy skiing, golfing and traveling with their children. Dr. Bright works in the area of family literacy and has contributed, along with colleague, Dr. Cynthia Chambers, to a Canadian resource for family literacy practitioners entitled, Foundational Training in Family Literacy: Practitioners' Resource and Trainers' Guide. This work was commissioned by the National Literacy Secretariat of Canada.

Currently, Dr. Bright is working with a group of gifted adolescent writers on the topics of effective writing instruction and developing imagination in the middle and high school grades.

Books: (Click on the title to see a picture of the cover and read additional information about the book. Ordering information may be available.)

Tompkins, G., Bright, R., Pollard, M. & Winsor, P. (2004) Language Arts: Content and Teaching Strategies (3nd Ed.). Scarborough, Ontario: Pearson Education Canada.

Bright, R. (2002) Write from the Start: Writers Workshop for the Primary Grades.Winnipeg, MB: Portage & Main Press.

Bright, R., McMullin, L., Platt, D. (1998). From your child's teacher: Helping a child learn to read and write. Winnipeg, MB: Portage & Main Press.

Bright, R. (1995). Writing instruction in the intermediate grades: What is said, what is done, what is understood. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

Selected Publications

A. Books

1. Tompkins, G., Bright, R., Pollard, M. & Winsor, P. (2008). Language arts: Content and teaching strategies (4th Ed.). Scarborough, Ontario: Pearson Education.

2. Bright, R. (2007). Write through the grades: Teaching writing in secondary schools. Winnipeg, MB: Portage & Main Press.

3. Tompkins, G., Bright, R., Pollard, M. & Winsor, P. (2005). Language arts: Content and teaching strategies (3rd Ed.). Scarborough, Ontario: Pearson Education.

4. Bright, R. (2003). Shkrimi: nga e para. Pristina, Kosovo: Canadian International Development Agency. (Original work published in 2002)

5. Bright R. (2002). Write from the start: Writer’s workshop in the primary grades. Edmonton, Alberta: FP Hendricks Publishing.

Chapters in Books

1. Bright, R. (2004). What girls do: Bullying and Adolescence. In E. Donaldson (Ed) Coming of Age Stories: Girls and Women in Alberta, (pp. 163-172). Calgary, AB: Detselig Enterprises.

2. Hasebe-Ludt, E., Bright R., Chambers, C., Fowler, L., Pollard, M., and Winsor, P. (2003). What are the new literacies? Writing and teaching and living with the questions. In G. R. Erickson and A. Clarke (Ed.), Teacher inquiry: Living the research in everyday practice, (pp. 103-114). London: Routledge Falmer.

B. Refereed Journals

1. Bright, R. (2006). Literacy backpacks in teacher education: Launching support for family literacy. Journal of Reading Education, Vol. 31(2), pp. 24-34.

2. Dyck, M., Gabriele, T., Maxwell, T., and Bright, R. (2005). Teaching social skills in grade seven physical education. Avante, Vol. 11(2), pp. 95-108.

3. Bright, R. (2005). Just a grade eight girl thing: Towards understanding bullying, gender and schools. Journal of Gender and Education, Vol. 17(1), pp. 93-101.

4. Bright, R. (2004). Compliance and resistance in elementary students’ writing. English Quarterly, Vol. 35(3,4), pp 17-23.

Current Research and Creative Activity

TitleLocationGrant InformationPrincipal InvestigatorCo Researchers
A study of literacy, teacher education and society. Canada Research Excellence Envelope - Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), $60,000, 2000-present.

Faculty of Education, $8,000, 2000-present.

R. Bright, University of Lethbridge University of Lethbridge: M. Pollard, C. Chambers, P. Winsor, E. Hasebe-Ludt, L. Fowler
Cyber friends and enemies: The role of online communication in language patterns and social development of adolescents Rural Alberta Alberta Advisory Committee for Educational Studies, $5,700, 2005-08.

University of Lethbridge Research Fund, $6,880, 2005-08.

R. Bright, University of Lethbridge P. Adams, University of Lethbridge; M. Dyck, University of Lethbridge
The New View: Dialoguing about the impact of new technologies on the writing development of teens. Alberta University of Lethbridge Teaching Development Grant, $3,600, 2001-07.

R. Bright, University of Lethbridge

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