A. Sterl Artley was one
of three authors of the children's "Dick and Jane"
primers and an expert in the field of reading education.
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A Sterl Artley
A. Sterl Artley, a Professor
of Education and Director of the Child Study Clinic at the University of Missouri.
A. Sterl Artley is the co-author of the Reading for Independence books
for Grades 1-3; author of Your Child Learns to Read (a guide for parents
whose children use The New Basic Readers), and other professional books.
A. Sterl Artley was born in Liberty,
Pennsylvania, in 1907. He taught high school English for several years in Williamsport,
Pennsylvania, and then went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology and reading
at Penn State.
After receiving his degrees he
and his family moved to Columbia, Missouri, where he taught psychology at Stephens
College. After four years at Stephens he took a position teaching reading at the
University of Missouri.
Professional speaking soon became
a part of his job. This duty took him around the country, into Canada, and even
Germany. In 1947, while speaking in Peoria, he met two editors from the Scott,
Foresman Company who enticed him to help write stories for the popular children's
primer series "Dick, Jane, and Sally."
He was president of the International
Reading Association (IRA), began a Child Study Clinic in Columbia, which was dedicated
in his honor in 1977, and has received numerous awards and commendations for his
commitment to teaching reading including the Citation of Merit for Distinguished
Service in Education, and the rank of Professor Emeritus from the School of Education.
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