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Ray McDermott

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Raymond McDermott

Professor Emeritus

Assistant: Elayne Weissler-Martello


Dr. McDermott takes a broad interest in the analysis of human communication, the organization of school success and failure, and the history and use of various literacies around the world. His work includes studies of inner-city public schools, after-school classrooms, and the function of information technologies in different cultures. At present, he is workinng on the intellectual history of ideas like genius, intelligence, race, and capital.

Other Titles

Emeritus Faculty, Acad Council, Graduate School of Education

Program Affiliations

SHIPS (PhD): Anthropology of Education
SHIPS (PhD): Educational Linguistics
SHIPS (PhD): Educational Policy

Research Interests

Educational Policy | Literacy and Language | Parents and family issues | Special Education

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Recent Publications

McDermott, R. (2017). A Glimpse at Eternity. MIND CULTURE AND ACTIVITY, 24(2), 150–53.

McDermott, R. (2015). Does “learning” exist? Word, 61(4).

McDermott, R., Raley, J. D., & Seyer-Ochi, I. (2009). Race and Class in a Culture of Risk. REVIEW OF RESEARCH IN EDUCATION, VOL 33, 2009, 33, 101–16.

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