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Luke Duesbery, Associate Professor


Office: 209A

Phone: 619.594.8964 Professional Biography

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Dr. Duesbery earned his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 2007, and currently holds a position as Associate Professor in the School of Teacher Education, at San Diego State University, and is the Director for the Center for Teaching Critical Thinking and Creativity. His research interests include critical thinking, educational measurement, data graphics in assessment, and the integration of technology in assessment and learning.

Luke actively works in schools promoting teaching with emphasis on critical thinking in the content areas. He provides professional development and implementation support to teachers and administrators in all San Diego area school districts, with a focus on evaluating the impact of teaching critical thinking. He is an officer in the American Educational Research Association’s Research Use Special Interest Group. With them, he recently he co-developed an online tool designed to bridge research with practice (, with the expectation that we can transform teaching by providing better access to research findings.

Education (degrees earned)

Ph.D. Educational Leadership, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
M.Sc.Ed. Math Education, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
B.A. (Hons.) Economics/History, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

Professional leadership activities and honors

Director of the Center for Teaching Critical Thinking and Creativity

Program Chair, Research to Use Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association

Member of the Faculty Student Mentor Program

Selected Grants History

Faculty Student Mentor Program Mini-grant 2010-2011, ($943).

Implementing Evidence Based Instruction across Diverse Settings. University Grant, 2010-2011, ($9941).

Sixth-grade Reading Growth in Three Oral Reading Fluency Systems. University Grant, 2009-2010, ($9682).

Construct Irrelevant Variance in the National Assessment of Educational Progress. 

Selected publications

Duesbery, L., Braun-Monegan, J., Braun, D., Werblow, J., (in press). Practical issues in field based testing of oral reading fluency at upper elementary grades. Studies in Educational Evaluation.

Duesbery, L. (in press). A Web based solution to choosing test accommodations. In J. Aitken, J. Pedego, & J. Carlson (Eds.), Communication Technology for Students in Special Education or Gifted ProgramsHershey, PA: IGI Global.

Duesbery, L., Werblow, J., & Yovanoff, P. (2011). Graphical literacy mediates the interaction of decorative dimensionality and cognitive demand in graph comprehension. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 45(1), 75-93.

Research Briefs (2011) [Computer software]. San Diego, CA: Duesbery, L., Laitsch, D., & Werblow, J. Available at

Graves, A., Duesbery, L., Pyle, N., Brandon, R., & McIntosh, A. (2011). Two studies of tier II literacy development: Throwing sixth graders a lifeline. Elementary School Journal. 111(4), 641-661.

Courses Taught

Research Methods, Undergraduate Research, Gifted Education, Program Evaluation, Information and Data Retrieval, Introduction to Special Education, Math Methods in Special Education, Advanced Issues in Special Education, Assessment for Mild/Moderate Disabilities

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