Robert Chilton (Bob) Calfee (26 January 1933 – 23 October 2014) was an American educational psychologist specializing in the study of reading and writing processes and instruction He is known for his work on Project Read and the LeapFrog learning system.
Early life and education
Calfee was born in Lexington, Kentucky, January 26, 1933. He received his B.A. from the university of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), in 1959. He received his M.A. in 1960 and Ph.D. in 1963, both from UCLA.
Calfee started his academic career in the University of Wisconsin Madison where he taught and conducted research from 1964–1969. In 1969 he moved to Stanford University where he stayed until 1998. During his time at Stanford he was promoted to full professor in 1971 and served in a number of roles including associate dean for research and development, director of the Stanford Teacher Education Program and the Stanford Center for Research in Education.
In 1996, Calfree served on the Commission for the Establishment of Academic Content and Performance Standards.
Calfee was instrumental in the development of LeapFrog reading technology. In 1998 Robert Calfee moved to University of California, Riverside, School of Education where he served as dean (1998-2003) and later distinguished professor. In 2003 he received the Oscar Causey Award for Outstanding Contributions to Reading Research, by the National Reading Conference (now the Literacy Research Association). The National Conference for Research in Language and Literacy awarded him a lifetime achievement award in 2009.
Calfee has authored over 300 articles, book chapters and edited books. Some of the more notable were the Handbook of Educational Psychology with David Berliner, and "Acoustic-phonetic skills and reading: Kindergarten through twelfth grade" with Patricia and Charles Lindamood in the Journal of Educational Psychology.
- Sylvia Rosenfield Professor of School Psychology University of Maryland Department of Counseling and Personal Services; Virginia Wise Berninger Professor of Educational Psychology University of Washington College of Medicine (26 January 2009). Implementing Evidence-Based Academic Interventions in School Settings. Oxford University Press, USA. pp. 457–. ISBN 978-0-19-971709-5.
- Ida, Que (1 January 1998). Annals of Dyslexia 1998. International Dyslexia Assoc. p. 16. ISBN 978-0-89214-019-0.
- R-C-L. 1989. p. 41.
- "Tech toy companies like LeapFrog aim to teach reading". Peninsula Press. By Emily DeRuy | 3 Apr 2012
- "Robert Calfee, reading education scholar, dies at 81". November 11, 2014, By Andrew Myers. Stanford Education News.] Retrieved 11/22/2014 .
- T.E.A.M., the Early Adolescence Magazine. T.E.A.M. Associates. 1990. p. 31.
- Lynda M. Applegate; Christopher Dede; Susan Saltrick (2005). Learning from LeapFrog: creating educational and business value. Harvard Business School Pub. p. 3.
- Bill Honig (6 May 2014). Teaching Our Children to Read: The Components of an Effective, Comprehensive Reading Program. Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated. pp. 172–. ISBN 978-1-62914-009-4.
- "SCHOOLS: Evers appointed to state commission". Palo Alto Online.
- "Oscar S. Causey Award Winners" Archived 2015-07-05 at the Wayback Machine. Literary Research Association.
- "In Memory of Robert C. Calfee." Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 27, 2014
- "Robert Calfee, Former Education School Dean, Dies at 81". By Sean Nealon on November 12, 2014. UCR Today November 14] Retrieved 11/22/2014