Michael Kibby

Professor Emeritus

Professor Emeriti


Learning and Instruction
Learning and Instruction

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Language and Reading Instruction, University of Chicago
  • M.S., Reading, University of Chicago
  • B.S., Psychology, Wayne State University

Professional Interests

  • Reading diagnosis and reading difficulties
  • Trends in reading ability of American students
  • The education of reading clinicians
  • Research methodology in education and the social sciences
  • Word recognition Things and the words that signify them

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Kibby, Michael W. (2009). Diagnostic decision-making in reading diagnosis. Winnipeg School District, Winnipeg, Manitoba. April, 2009.



Kibby, Michael W., Rapaport, William J., Wieland, Karen M., & Christ, Tanya. (2008). Acquiring a sense of a word's meaning from verbal context: Processes, outcomes, and curricular directions. National Reading Conference, Orlando, FL., December, 2008.


Kibby, M. W., Rapaport, W. J., Wieland, K. W., & Dechert, D. A. (2008). CSI: Contextual semantic investigation for word meaning. In L. A. Baines (Ed.), Literacy through multisensory learning (pp.163-174) Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.



Kibby, M.W., & Dechert, D.L. (2007, April). Mediated sites for reflection: Exploring diagnostic teaching in a university reading practicum. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago.

McKeown, Margaret G., & Kibby, Michael W. (2007). Vocabulary assessment and the new NAEP Framework. National Reading Conference, Austin, TX., December, 2007.


Kibby, Michael W. (In press). Why is the school psychologist involved in the evaluation of struggling readers? Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation.

Rapaport, W. J., & Kibby, M. W. (2007). Contextual vocabulary acquisition as computational philosophy and as philosophical computation. Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence 19(1), 1-17.



Kibby, Michael W., Rapaport, William J., & Wieland, Karen M. (2006). Helping students apply reasoning to gaining word meanings from context: application of artificial intelligence and verbal protocol data to curriculum design. World Congress of Reading, Budapest, Hungary, August 2006.

Kibby, M.W. (2006, November). Read carefully, lean back and think: Excellent readers' contextual vocabulary acquistions strategies when encountering an unknown word while reading. Invited paper presented at the Chulalongkorn University Language Institute's Sixth International Conference, Bangkok, Thailand.


Kibby, M.W., & Dechert, D.A. (2006). Lessons from the reading clinic. In a. McKeough, L.M. Phillips, V. Timmons, & J.L. Lupart (Eds.), Understanding literacy development: A global view (pp.199-219). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Kibby, M.W., Rapaport, W.J., Wieland, K.M., & dechert, D.A. (in press). CSI: Contextual semantic investigation for word meaning. In L.A. Baines (Ed), Literacy through multisensory learning. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.



Kibby, M. W., & Scott, L. (LAI doctoral student) (2002). Using computer simulations to teach decision-making in reading diagnostic assessment for re-mediation. Reading Online, 6 (3). http://www.readingonline.org/articles/art_index.asp?HREF=/articles/Kibby

Rapaport, W. J., & Kibby, M. W. (2002). Contextual vocabulary acquisition: A computational theory and educational curriculum. In N. Callaos, A. Breda, & M. Y. Fernandez Jr. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 6th World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics: Vol. II. Concepts and applications of systemics, cybernetics, and informatics I (pp. 261-266). Orlando, FL: International Institute of Informatics and Systemics



Kibby, M. W. (2001, May). Not only do our children read better than we do, but they also have higher Iqs (Invited Presentation). International Reading Association, New Orleans, LA.



Kibby, M.W. (2000). Literacy in the 21st century: Knowledge will transform literacy requirements, not technology. Reading Research Quarterly, 35 (3), 380-381.

Klenk, L., & Kibby, M.W. (2000). Re-mediating reading difficulties: Appraising the past, reconciling the present, constructing the future. In Michael

Kamil, Peter Mosenthal, P. David Pearson, & Rebecca Barr (Eds.), Handbook of reading research, volume III (pp. 667-690). New York: Longman.



Kibby, M.W., & Barr, R. (1999). The education of reading clinicians. In Peter Mosenthal and Dorothy H. Evenson (Eds.), Advances in reading/language arts, volume 6: Future directions for university reading clinics (pp. 3-40). JAI Press.



Kibby, Michael, W. (1995). The organization and teaching of things and the words that signify them. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 39(3), 208-223.

Kibby, Michael W. (1995). Practical Steps for Informing Literacy Instruction: A Diagnostic Decision-Making Model. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.