Kausalai Wijekumar
Office#: 420C Harrington Office Building
Mail Stop: 4232
Office Phone: (979) 845-8384
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Grants
Dr. Wijekumar's Grant Activity
Wijekumar, K., Meyer, B.J.F., & Lei, P. (2015-2019). Efficacy and Replication Trial of the Individualized Adaptive ITSS with 4th- and 5th-Grade Students in High Poverty Schools. U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences. $3.5 million Thompson, J.T., Wijekumar, K., Castro-Olivio, S. (2016-17). Technology-Delivered Emergent Literacy Assessment for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Texas Grant. $25,000. Wijekumar, K., Harris, K., Graham, S., Meyer, B.J.F., & Lei, P. (2013-2016). Development of a web-based writing partner (We-Write Persuasively) to improve writing persuasive essays for 5th grade students. $1.5 million. U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences Wijekumar, K., Hammer, J., Boettcher, C., Viruru, R., Goldsby, D. Acosta, S., & Padron, Y. (2016), TRANSFORMERS. A Proposal for a catapult grant from the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University. Wijekumar, K., Meyer, B.J.F., Lei, P., Schwarz,A. & August, D. (2012-2015). Improving Reading Comprehension of Middle Grades English Language Learners by Combining Structure Strategy with Web-Based Adaptive Tutoring for EL Learners (SWELL). U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences $1.5 million. Wijekumar, K. , Meyer, B.J.F., & Lei, P. (2008-2013). Efficacy and Replication Research on the Intelligent Tutoring System for the Structure Strategy -- Rural and Suburban Schools Grades 4,5,7 and 8. US Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. R305A080133. $3 million. Wijekumar, K. & Hitchcock, J. (2007-2009). Randomized Controlled Effectiveness Trial on Odyssey Math in the Mid-Atlantic Region, Regional Educational Laboratory [150] Mid-Atlantic, U.S. Department of Education. $3.6 Million Peck, K. Terenzini, P., Wijekumar, K., Clariana, R., Van Horn, B., Prinz, E., Boyd, W., Cecil, H., Hartman, W., Hold, M.K., Hughes, C. Johnson, K., LeTendre, G., Melnick, S., Meyer, B.J.M., Nelson, K. (2006-2011) Mid-Atlantic Collab
Research Interests
English learners
Intelligent tutoring systems
Problem Solving
Reading Comprehension
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Beerwinkle, A., Wijekumar, K., Walpole, S. & Aguis, R. (in press). An Analysis of the Ecological Components within a Text Structure Intervention, Journal of Reading and Writing (In Press)

2. Meyer, B.J.F.,& Wijekumar, K. (in press) Comparative Signaling Words Generated for Expository Texts by 4th - 8th Graders: Variations by Reading Comprehension Levels and Text Structure Strategy Intervention, Journal of Reading and Writing (In Press)

3. Wijekumar, K., Meyer, B.J.F., Lei, P-W, Hernandez, A., August, D. (in press). Effects of web-based text structure instruction for 4-6th grade Spanish Els reading comprehension. Journal of Reading and Writing. (In Press)

4. Xi, Z., Wijekumar, K., & Anderson, B. (in press), The Effectiveness of Intelligent Tutoring Systems on K-12 Students[48]19 Reading Comprehension: A Best-Evidence Synthesis. Journal of Educational Psychology (In Press)

5. Ji, Xuejuen, Beerwinkle, A. & Wijekumar, K. (in press). Using Latent Transition Model to Identify Effects of an Intelligent Tutoring System on Reading Comprehension, Journal of Reading and Writing, , Journal of Reading and Writing (In Press)

6. Wijekumar, K., Meyer, B.J.F., Lei, P., Xuejun, Ji., & Joshi, R.M. (2017). Evidence of an Intelligent Tutoring System as a Mindtool to Promote Strategic Memory of Expository Texts and Comprehension with Children in Grades 4 and 5. Journal of Educational Computing Research. 55, 1022-1048. doi.org/10.1177/0735633117696909 IF 0.678

7. Wijekumar, Meyer, Lei, Beerwinkle, (2017). Improving Content Area Reading Comprehension with 4th and 5th Grade Struggling Readers with a Web-Based Intelligent Tutoring System, Journal of Learning Disabilities

8. Wijekumar, K., Meyer, B. J. F., & Lei, P. (2017). Web-based text structure strategy instruction improves seventh graders[48]19 content area reading comprehension. Journal of Educational Psychology, 109(6), 741-760. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/edu0000168

9. Meyer, B.J.F. & Wijekumar, K. (2016). Web-based intelligent tutoring for the structure strategy. In S. Crossley & D. S. McNamara (Eds.) Adaptive Educational Technologies for Literacy Instruction. New York, NY: Routledge Publishers [48]13 Taylor & Francis Group.

10. Wijekumar, K. Harris, K., Graham, S., & Meyer, B.J.F.(2016). We-Write: A Teacher and Technology Supported Persuasive Writing Tutor for Upper Elementary Students. In S. Crossley & D. S. McNamara (Eds.) Adaptive Educational Technologies for Literacy Instruction. New York, NY: Routledge Publishers [48]13 Taylor & Francis Group.

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* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts (Current)

Efficacy Trial of the We-Write Intervention with 4th and 5th Grade Students. (PI)
US Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences (Federal)
2018/07/01 - 2022/06/30
Total Funding: 3,299,952.

Goal 3 Efficacy Trial of Text Structure Strategy Instruction on the Web for Spanish-Speaking English Learners (SWELL) in Grades 4 and 5. (PI)
US Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences (Federal)
2018/07/01 - 2022/06/30
Total Funding: 3,298,201.

Catapult Round 4 - Promoting Reading Comprehension and Learning with Multimodal Science Texts (PRISM) ($30,000). (PI)
TAMU College of Education & Human Development (State)
2018/01/15 - 2019/06/15
Total Funding: 0.

Efficacy and Replication Trial of the Individualized Adaptive ITSS with 4th and 5th Grade Students in High Poverty Schools. (PI)
US Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences (Federal)
2015/08/01 - 2019/07/31
Total Funding: 3,499,570.
Courses Taught
2018 - 2019
EDCI 684, EDCI 686, EDCI 691
2017 - 2018
EDCI 691, RDNG 649
2016 - 2017
EDCI 684, EDCI 689
2015 - 2016
EDCI 685
2014 - 2015
EDCI 689
Former Doctoral Students
Andrea Lynne Beerwinkle (Summer, 2018), Ph.D.
Amanda Layne Linder (Summer, 2018), Ph.D.
Editorial Positions

Assoc Editor (2014 - ). Journal of Educational Psychology

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