Achievement motivation, the scholarship of teaching and learning, mentorship models for undergraduate and graduate students, and professional support of all students, with special emphasis for those from underrepresented backgrounds in STEM and beyond
Research includes focus on reading comprehension strategies and processes, especially related to new literacies, the verbal reporting methodology, reading in Internet and hypertext environments, and, reading assessment.
Domain-specific learning, Epistemic beliefs, Text-based learning, Interplay of knowledge, strategies, and motivation in academic development, Relational reasoning
second language teaching, international education, Teacher Education, education in rural and remote areas, inclusive education, critical pedagogy in language teaching, language of instruction policy
Families, early support for Latino families, community development, impact of poverty on development, inclusion for children with disabilities.
economics of education, causal inference, teacher effectiveness, teaching, professional development, accountability policy
Dr. Blejer's expertise and research interests are in second language acquisition, foreign language education methodology, language program administration in higher education, and issues of equal opportunity for at-risk students and disadvantaged populatio
how the brain learns to read, sources of reading skill and impairment, how children learn the meaning of words, the impact of stress on learning and development
Currently examining learning communities and social presence in relation to motivation, learning, and perceived success in university courses.
Secondary mathematics education, urban schooling, alternative certification, critical pedagogy, and the sociology of education.