Academic awarded prestigious honour
An Auckland professor has become one of only three New Zealanders to be inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame.
Stuart McNaughton from the University of Auckland Faculty of Education will be heading to New Orleans in May to be officially initiated into the institution.
Professor McNaughton found out about the honour earlier this month when he received a letter from the international organisation.
‘‘I am delighted to have received this nomination. I understand it is the result of my research and teaching field,’’ he says.
‘‘It is an honour to be involved in this work and I want to thank my colleagues for their support over the years and the many teachers, children and families that have inspired me as I have worked alongside them.’’
The Hall of Fame was established by the International Reading Association in 1973 as a way to use the collective knowledge of its members to improve the teaching of reading.
It currently has 128 members from around the world and new
this members are nominated by existing members each year.
Nominees must have had a minimum of 25 active years in reading work and a reputation widely respected by people in the profession.
They must also have authored papers on reading, including reports of significant research.
Prof McNaughton is director of the faculty’s Woolf Fisher Research Centre and a longstanding member of a number of international scientific organisations in child development, educational research and literacy.
Education leader: Professor Stuart McNaughton is being inducted into the Reading Hall