Patricia Crawford

Patricia A. Crawford is the associate chairperson for the Department of Instruction and Learning. An associate professor in the Early Childhood and Language, Literacy, and Culture programs, her academic interests focus on the connected areas of early literacy, children's literature, and teacher education.

Dr. Crawford is a former teacher of children in kindergarten and the primary grades. She has worked with prospective and practicing teachers throughout the United States and in a variety of international settings. She is the past co-chair of the Publications Committee for the Association for Childhood Education International and serves on several editorial boards, including Early Childhood Education Journal, The Reading Teacher, Journal of Research in Childhood Education, Literacy Research and Instruction, and Dragon Lode.

Dr. Crawford is a faculty coordinator for the Pitt in Florence Early Childhood Education Study Abroad Program. For more information about this opportunity to explore early childhood education in an Italian setting, please see

School Affiliations

Recent Publications

Roberts, S. K., & Crawford, P. A. (2020). A bridge over troubled waters: Safe cross-cultural passages with global children's literature In J. Lacina & R. Griffith (Eds.), Preparing globally minded literacy teachers: Knowledge, practices, and case studies (pp. 44-60). New York, NY: Routledge.
Crawford, P. A., Roberts, S. K., & Zygouris-Coe, V. (2019). Addressing 21st century crises through children's literature: Picturebooks as partners for teacher educators. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education.
Wanless, S. B., Crawford, P.A., & Friedman, S. (2020). Books that support diversity, conversations, and play. In S. Friedman & A. Mwenelupembe (Eds.), Each and every child: Teaching preschool with an equity lens. Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Crawford, P. A., & Calabria, K. (2018). Exploring the power and processes of friendship through picturebooks. International Journal of the Whole Child, 3(2), 25-34.
Crawford, P. A., & Roberts, S. K. (2018). The Wandering Faces of War: Children's Picture Books Portraying Refugees. The Dragon Lode, 36(2), 14-18.
Gao, Y., & Crawford, P. A. (2018). Building vocabulary and comprehension through interactive read aloud: Support for English learners. Early Years Bulletin, 5(4), 11-14.
Patricia Crawford


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