Peter Effect in the Preparation of Reading Teachers Academic Article uri icon


  • The Peter Effect (Applegate & Applegate, 2004) claimed that one cannot be expected to give what one does not possess. We applied this notion to reading teacher preparation and hypothesized that teacher educators who do not possess an understanding of basic language constructs would not prepare teacher candidates with an understanding of these constructs considered essential for early reading success. Results from a survey of basic language constructs revealed similar patterns in performance between teacher educators and their respective teacher candidates, which served as initial validation of the Peter Effect in reading teacher preparation. 2012 Copyright 2012 Society for the Scientific Study of Reading.

published proceedings

  • Scientific Studies of Reading

author list (cited authors)

  • Binks-Cantrell, E., Washburn, E. K., Joshi, R. M., & Hougen, M.

publication date

  • January 1, 2012 11:11 AM