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Arnetha F. Ball

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Arnetha Ball

Professor Emerita

Assistant: Terrance Turner


Before entering the professorate, Dr. Arnetha Ball was a speech/language pathologist, taught in pre-school, elementary and secondary classrooms for over 25 years, and was the founder and Executive Director of an early education center for students from diverse backgrounds. Currently, she conducts an interdisciplinary program of research that aims to improve education for diverse student populations in three intersecting contexts: U.S. schools in which predominantly poor African American, Latino, and Pacific Islander students are underachieving; community-based organizations that are part of an alternative education system offering "second chance" or "last chance" opportunities for individuals in search of personal, academic, and economic success; and teacher education programs in the U.S., South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia. Dr. Ball specializes in the preparation of teachers to teach in culturally and linguistically complex classrooms and has served as an Academic Specialist for the United States Information Services Program in South Africa. She has co-taught courses on multiliteracies and English methodologies in the teacher education program at the Education Campus of Witwatersrand University and has taught in the Further Diploma in Education Program at the University of Cape Town. Dr Ball's research integrates sociocultural, sociolinguistic, and ethnographic approaches to investigate the processes of teacher change, teacher generativity, and teacher professional development in transnational contexts, as well as the language and literacy practices of students in multicultural and multilingual settings. She has worked with Duquesne University as their visiting Sizemore Distinguished Professor on issues of Urban Education and as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Auckland Education Campus. She is an AERA Fellow, a past President of the American Educational Research Association, and a past U.S. Representative to the World Educational Research Association.

Other Titles

Charles E. Ducommun Professor in the Graduate School of Education, Emerita

Program Affiliations

CTE: Literacy, Language, and English Education
CTE: Teacher Education
Race, Inequality, and Language in Education (RILE)
SHIPS (PhD): Educational Linguistics

Research Interests

Diversity and Identity | Gender Issues | Immigrants and Immigration | Research Methods | Teachers and Teaching

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Recent Publications

Alim, S., Rickford, J. R., & Ball, A. F. (2016). Introducing Raciolinguistics. Raciolinguistics: How Language Shapes Our Ideas about Race.

Ball, A. F. (2013). Learning to teach in a complex interconnected world. Theory Into Practice, 52(sup1).

Ball, A. F. (2013). Learning to Teach in a Complex Interconnected World. THEORY INTO PRACTICE, 52, 31–41.

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