Chris Kliewer, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Inclusive Education, Disability Studies, & Early Childhood
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • Cedar Falls, Iowa   


Contact me for: Presentations on literacy, inclusive schooling, and young children.
Consultations on literacy, inclusive schooling, and young children.

Chris Kliewer is a professor at the University of Northern Iowa. He has taught early childhood special education in both segregated and inclusive situations. He earned a master’s degree in the area of autism and emotional disturbance and a Ph.D. in Teaching & Leadership, both at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. At Syracuse, he was mentored by certain of the most prominent sociologists and qualitative researchers currently studying disability. His thesis committee included Douglas Biklen, Bob Bogdan, Steve Taylor, and Peter Knoblock, and he worked closely with Sari Knopp Biklen. Since leaving Syracuse in the Fall of 1995, Chris has become arguably the most visible qualitative researcher studying issues of early childhood special education, literacy development, and inclusion. His studies have appeared in certain of the most prominent journals in our field including Exceptional Children, JASH, Disability & Society, Teachers College Record, Reading & Writing Quarterly, Disability, Culture, & Education, Mental Retardation, and Journal of Disability Policy Studies. He has served as Project Director of a three-year OSEP Directed Research grant studying literacy and young children with significant disabilities.

Expert Articles by Chris Kliewer, Ph.D.

Kids with Speech Challenges

Understanding a child’s language and literacy development
Each of the four language systems--listening, speaking, reading and writing--begin to develop at birth and expand in the weeks and months that follow. These systems develop at the same time and in int...
Helping kids with disabilities develop language and literacy
Young children with disabilities face numerous obstacles to joining in the kinds of early literacy and language experienced by typically-developing kids. Consequently, it is clear how children with di...

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