Achievement motivation, the scholarship of teaching and learning, mentorship models for undergraduate and graduate students, and professional support of all students, with special emphasis for those from underrepresented backgrounds in STEM and beyond
Research includes focus on reading comprehension strategies and processes, especially related to new literacies, the verbal reporting methodology, reading in Internet and hypertext environments, and, reading assessment.
Domain-specific learning, Epistemic beliefs, Text-based learning, Interplay of knowledge, strategies, and motivation in academic development, Relational reasoning
Literacy instruction for culturally and linguistically diverse students, Literacy interventions
second language teaching, international education, Teacher Education, education in rural and remote areas, inclusive education, critical pedagogy in language teaching, language of instruction policy
Bullying and bullying prevention, school-based mental health services and prevention of mental health problems, mental health literacy, help seeking among culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students, parenting practice and family involvement, College Readiness
Families, early support for Latino families, community development, impact of poverty on development, inclusion for children with disabilities.
economics of education, causal inference, teacher effectiveness, teaching, professional development, accountability policy
Dr. Blejer's expertise and research interests are in second language acquisition, foreign language education methodology, language program administration in higher education, and issues of equal opportunity for at-risk students and disadvantaged populatio
how the brain learns to read, sources of reading skill and impairment, how children learn the meaning of words