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Literacy-Based Action Research: Strategies For Improving Student Achievement, Anne Katz Ph.D., Deborah Jaudon, Danielle Russell, Jennifer Formby Mar 2018

Literacy-Based Action Research: Strategies For Improving Student Achievement, Anne Katz Ph.D., Deborah Jaudon, Danielle Russell, Jennifer Formby

National Youth-At-Risk Conference Savannah

The presentation will highlight literacy-based action research projects by three Reading Specialist M.Ed. graduate students. The topics of enhancing struggling readers’ vocabulary development using technology; effects of technology during summer school on student promotion; as well as infusion of dialogue and metacognitive strategies to promote self-efficacy and early reading success were explored. Tools for attendees to implement the process of action research in their own classroom will be outlined.


Building A Better Risk Prevention Model, Steven Hornyak Mar 2018

Building A Better Risk Prevention Model, Steven Hornyak

National Youth-At-Risk Conference Savannah

This presentation chronicles the work of Houston County Schools in developing a risk prevention model built on more than ten years of longitudinal student data. In its second year of implementation, Houston At-Risk Profiles (HARP), has proven effective in identifying those students most in need of support and linking them to interventions and supports that lead to improved outcomes and significantly reduces the risk of failure.


Changing The Music: Understanding Educational Obstacles For Youth In Foster Care, Amie J. Stearns, Iyc Mar 2018

Changing The Music: Understanding Educational Obstacles For Youth In Foster Care, Amie J. Stearns, Iyc

National Youth-At-Risk Conference Savannah

Due to increased tendency of children in foster care placements to perform poorly in school and to become involved with the juvenile justice system, there is a dire need for school districts to improve support systems for this vulnerable student group. This presentation may be of most interest to conference attendees as it explores the specific barriers which may hinder educational success for youth in foster care.


Motivate My Mindset: Teachers, Parents And Students Setting Their Minds On Achievement, Growth And Excellence!, Stephanie Leggett Mar 2018

Motivate My Mindset: Teachers, Parents And Students Setting Their Minds On Achievement, Growth And Excellence!, Stephanie Leggett

National Youth-At-Risk Conference Savannah

We have heard that the 'mind is a terrible thing to waste'. This session supports where the ‘Mind is set Matters Most!’ Activities and strategies that K-12 teachers and parents can implement will aid a diverse student population to have growth mindsets that are set for A.G.E. – Achievement, Growth, and Excellence despite the subject or task!


1. Why Use Norm Referenced Standardized Tests To Answer: Did I Teach? Did They Learn?, John Hobe Mar 2018

1. Why Use Norm Referenced Standardized Tests To Answer: Did I Teach? Did They Learn?, John Hobe

National Youth-At-Risk Conference Savannah

  1. : If it is state law that students must attend school or be home schooled until they are a certain age, then must the state protect them while at public schools? The answer seems self-evident. Indeed, the United States Constitution’s 14th Amendment guarantees equal protection under the laws to its citizens. But do school practices unintentionally violate this protection?


A Multicultural Education Praxis: Integrating Past And Present, Living Theories, And Practice, Peggy A. Shannon-Baker Jan 2018

A Multicultural Education Praxis: Integrating Past And Present, Living Theories, And Practice, Peggy A. Shannon-Baker

Curriculum, Foundations, & Reading Faculty Publications

In our current climate of heightened conservatism and criticism, multicultural education is as important as ever. This article argues for the need to reframe multicultural education as a praxis based on its social justice- oriented principles, values, and practices. Using practitioner action research, I examine my implementation of such a praxis in a college course. I discuss critical reflections on demonstrating the interconnections between current and historical social movements, theory and lived experiences, and the students’ and my learning. I conclude by arguing that reframing multicultural education as a praxis could encourage more coalitions within and beyond schools.


The Importance Of Automaticity Development In Mathematics, Austin T. Baker, Josh Cuevas Jan 2018

The Importance Of Automaticity Development In Mathematics, Austin T. Baker, Josh Cuevas

Georgia Educational Researcher

This study examined whether students were reaching automaticity with single digit multiplication facts. A fourteen question interview was used to collect data. The first three questions asked the student basic information about themselves and their current math teacher. The next seven questions were math facts. The math facts chosen for the interview were a range of difficulty, starting with a simple problem like 1 x 9 and increasing in difficulty to 6 x 9. The last four questions were open-ended with the intent of gaining insight into whether the students were using strategies to complete the problems or if they ...


A Study On Science Achievement And Motivation Using Computer-Based Simulations Compared To Traditional Hands-On Manipulation, Stacey L. Hannel, Joshua Cuevas Jan 2018

A Study On Science Achievement And Motivation Using Computer-Based Simulations Compared To Traditional Hands-On Manipulation, Stacey L. Hannel, Joshua Cuevas

Georgia Educational Researcher

This study was conducted to investigate whether or not computer-based simulations had a greater impact on science achievement compared to traditional hands-on methods for middle school students in an on-level science course. The study also sought to determine if either method had an impact on retention as well as motivation. The participants in the study were 6th grade students attending a public middle school in suburban metro-Atlanta. A variety of statistical analyses were utilized to measure science achievement, retention, and motivation. Results indicated that there was no significant difference on science achievement between the traditional hands-on method and the ...


A Phenomenological Study Of Teachers' Emotional Responses To Tkes, A High-Stakes Evaluation System, Kristina J. Hirsch Jan 2018

A Phenomenological Study Of Teachers' Emotional Responses To Tkes, A High-Stakes Evaluation System, Kristina J. Hirsch

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Teachers experience a plethora of emotions relating to being evaluated and we are losing a lot of good teachers due to some of these emotions. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to investigate how teachers at one rural high school describe their emotional responses to evaluation and the implementation of TKES as well as if there were gender differences in their responses. This research is important because teachers need to understand that their emotions are not taboo and they are not alone in the evaluation process. Additionally, evaluators benefit from knowing how teachers respond to evaluation so that they ...


A Meta-Assessment Of An Institution's Administrative Assessment Processes, Cynthia Groover Jan 2018

A Meta-Assessment Of An Institution's Administrative Assessment Processes, Cynthia Groover

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Many institutions establish assessment teams to assist faculty in developing their knowledge of and confidence in conducting academic program assessment, and some extend these teams to address administrative and student affairs assessment as well. These teams may function as more formal distributed leadership models, as described by Spillane (2006), or they may be less formal groups with little or no leadership roles. Regardless of their level of formality, these teams are often used to implement other resources such as rubrics, peer review, and feedback, but the effectiveness of these resources and processes is not commonly reviewed through an intentionally designed ...


An Astronaut’S View Of Choices, Influences, Contributions And Later Discoveries, Col. Frederick D. Gregory Oct 2017

An Astronaut’S View Of Choices, Influences, Contributions And Later Discoveries, Col. Frederick D. Gregory

Norman Fries Distinguished Lectureship Series

Frederick D. Gregory is a former astronaut with NASA, a retired Air Force Colonel and was the first African-American man to command a space shuttle mission. Gregory has logged more than 400 hours in space and says his travels often led him to reflect. As he looked down on the Earth from above, he wondered what choices its people had been offered and taken; what goals they considered, evaluated and selected; what influences shaped their paths and what molded their characters. He believes that each choice taken — or not taken — has a profound effect on a person’s life, a ...


Georgia's Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver Program: Literature Review, Pilot Study, Evaluation Proposal, And Recommendations For Future Research, Donald L. Ariail Jul 2017

Georgia's Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver Program: Literature Review, Pilot Study, Evaluation Proposal, And Recommendations For Future Research, Donald L. Ariail

Georgia Educational Researcher

Georgia's Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver Program (SCTWP) became law in 1976. This program allows senior citizens age 62 and older to attend University System of Georgia (USG) institutions tuition free. With the ultimate aim of improving the current program, the purpose of the proposed evaluation of the SCTWP is to determine the ongoing implementation of the program including the status of the promotion of the program, the assistance being provided to seniors aimed at facilitating entry into the program, and the level of satisfaction of program participants. Preliminary research indicates that information about the program may be difficult to ...


An Examination Of The Testing And Spacing Effects In A Middle Grades Social Studies Classroom, Mary C. Liming, Joshua Cuevas Jul 2017

An Examination Of The Testing And Spacing Effects In A Middle Grades Social Studies Classroom, Mary C. Liming, Joshua Cuevas

Georgia Educational Researcher

This study investigates the relation between review spacing and question format on student retention. Participants in an 8th grade Georgia Studies class reviewed previously learned material either in one sitting (massed review) or in multiple sessions (spaced review). Following the review, each participant answered questions either in multiple choice or short answer format. Subsequent to answering the questions, all students received feedback. One week following the completion of the reviews, students were given a post test. One month after the post test, students were given a final test. Pre-, post- and final tests were identical and no treatment occurred between ...


Developing Your Research And Literature Review, Lucas Jensen, Richard E. Cleveland Jun 2017

Developing Your Research And Literature Review, Lucas Jensen, Richard E. Cleveland

Leadership, Technology, and Human Development Faculty Presentations

This presentation was given during the College of Education Summer Graduate Research Workshop.


Irb Processes And Guidelines, Richard E. Cleveland Jun 2017

Irb Processes And Guidelines, Richard E. Cleveland

Leadership, Technology, and Human Development Faculty Presentations

This session is for Students who have completed some coursework in their EdS or EdD program and want to get oriented to the research process and/or students who are about ready to start their action research projects (EdS) or dissertations (EdD).

Dr. Richard E. Cleveland will present an introduction and overview of IRB processes and guidelines. The session will facilitate both small- and whole-group interaction. Students are encouraged to bring current IRB materials (at whatever stage of completion) for peer collaboration.


Developing An Undergraduate Research Qep: Sotl In Support Of Sotl, Timothy D. Champion, Matthew Deforrest, Yvette Hall, David Luciano, Laurie C. Porter, Frank Parker, Christopher Weise Mar 2017

Developing An Undergraduate Research Qep: Sotl In Support Of Sotl, Timothy D. Champion, Matthew Deforrest, Yvette Hall, David Luciano, Laurie C. Porter, Frank Parker, Christopher Weise

SoTL Commons Conference

The Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) for 2017-2022, “Cultivating a Culture and Curriculum for Undergraduate Research”, was developed in a process of inquiry that allowed for considerable input from all JCSU constituencies. One key tool was a survey based on the Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research (COEUR). This QEP is grounded in JCSU’s heritage of innovative application of cutting-edge instructional approaches and is influenced by our SoTL activities. The QEP values all forms of scholarship by undergraduates, including SoTL. Programs are currently aligning instruction and assessment activities with the Research Skill Development Framework (RSDF).


I Like It, But Is It Good? Identifying Quality Writing, Peggy J. Lindsey, Jinrong Li Mar 2017

I Like It, But Is It Good? Identifying Quality Writing, Peggy J. Lindsey, Jinrong Li

SoTL Commons Conference

Even when faculty clarify evaluation criteria through the use of rubrics, students often interpret and apply the criteria differently from faculty (Li and Lindsey, 2015). This can be particularly true for writing assignments. This presentation explores a new methodology for improving student understanding of quality writing across disciplines and genres. It describes initial findings of a mixed-method research study designed to test the efficacy of key word rubrics – rubrics that consist solely of essential descriptive terms rather than detailed criteria. The presenters will share preliminary data on the effectiveness of this methodology and its potential for application across disciplines.


Investigating Students’ Engagement In Process Writing: A Mixed Method Approach, Xiaomei Song, Chen Chen Dr. Mar 2017

Investigating Students’ Engagement In Process Writing: A Mixed Method Approach, Xiaomei Song, Chen Chen Dr.

SoTL Commons Conference

Since the 1980s, writing pedagogy has expanded from solely teaching students to concentrate on their written products to writing processes. Writing has been perceived as a recursive process during which writers have the opportunity to plan, draft, revise, and edit their work. Using a mixed method triangulation design, this study examined students’ use of various components of process writing and its impact on students’ writing and learning across the academic term. The study provides important implications by identifying students’ strengths and weaknesses in writing process, documenting the changes of their engagement in process writing, and providing directions for future teaching.


Pinning Down Constructive Alignment Of Conceptual Inventiveness In Visual Arts, Jonathan K. Fisher, Diana Gregory Dr. Mar 2017

Pinning Down Constructive Alignment Of Conceptual Inventiveness In Visual Arts, Jonathan K. Fisher, Diana Gregory Dr.

SoTL Commons Conference

Biggs & Tang (2007) posit a well-aligned curriculum helps students to construct learning more effectively and independently. During the Self-Study process for reaccreditation, university faculty focused on intended learning outcomes (ILO) in the Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) and Bachelor of Science in Art Education (BS Art Ed) degrees in visual art. This presentation presents a SoTL application as faculty developed horizontal and vertical “constructive alignment” (Angelo, 2013) for six foundations courses leading to portfolio review. A specific example is ART 2990: Concepts, Creativity and Studio Practice, designed as a result of external feedback indicating student work lacked conceptual inventiveness.


“We’Re Not Ideologically Neutral”: Using Open-Access Journals For Community/Advocacy, Christopher R. Friend Mar 2017

“We’Re Not Ideologically Neutral”: Using Open-Access Journals For Community/Advocacy, Christopher R. Friend

SoTL Commons Conference

Last year, Trent Maurer encouraged conference attendees to “give voice to SoTL”—to stand up and speak out for this oft-misunderstood/ignored work. Online, open-access academic journals can help fill that void by promoting SoTL, but pedagogy-centric journals risk becoming repositories of single-use assignment ideas or lesson plans.

By taking an specific ideological stance—in support of Critical Digital Pedagogy in the spirit of Paolo Friere and bell hooks—Hybrid Pedagogy addresses this risk by build community and advocate for students. This presentation addresses how the deliberate perspective helps advocate for students; build a community of learners; and publish focused ...


Using A Strategy Project To Promote Self-Regulated Learning, Hillary H. Steiner Mar 2017

Using A Strategy Project To Promote Self-Regulated Learning, Hillary H. Steiner

SoTL Commons Conference

Success in college requires the development of self-regulated learning strategies that move beyond high school skills, but teaching these strategies can be challenging. In this presentation, participants will learn about an instructional method that requires students to practice self-regulated learning strategies--active reading, management of study time and achievement goals, proactive interaction with faculty, metacognitive reflection, and more—within the context of a student-selected course. The presenter will share data from two years of research on the assignment’s efficacy and engage participants in discussion about the potential applications of self-regulated learning in their own classrooms.


A Grounded Theory Approach To Introductory Literature Program Assessment, Angela Zito Mar 2017

A Grounded Theory Approach To Introductory Literature Program Assessment, Angela Zito

SoTL Commons Conference

College and university instructors across disciplines are well aware of the pedagogical challenges particular to introductory-level courses. What might be less frequently discussed, though, and yet more complex and increasingly pressing, are the ramifications of these complex pedagogical questions in the design and implementation of program assessment. This research in progress takes a grounded theory approach to assessment of introductory literature courses (ILCs) at a large public university with the view of designing program assessment (to be implemented 2017-18) that accounts for the learning goals and teaching practices of ILCs alongside those more firmly rooted in the English major.


Should Projects Be More Creative By Being On A Team?, Lilia Gomez-Lanier Dr. Mar 2017

Should Projects Be More Creative By Being On A Team?, Lilia Gomez-Lanier Dr.

SoTL Commons Conference

Today's workplace dominance of creative collaborative environments highlights the importance of understanding whether students in project based learning environments are more likely to gain in creative flexibility when working in student teams compared to when working alone. Furthermore, does a specific team size enhance creativity by encouraging students to generate a wider variety of ideas? Other than creativity, are life skills such as communication, time management, and critical analysis, enhanced by working in student teams compared to working alone? This research explores creativity in student teams versus students working alone in interior design, fashion merchandising and environmental tourism.


Preparing Students To Leave The Academic Nest: Using Creative Inquiry To Develop Fledglings, Nikki Panter, Jennifer Meadows Mar 2017

Preparing Students To Leave The Academic Nest: Using Creative Inquiry To Develop Fledglings, Nikki Panter, Jennifer Meadows

SoTL Commons Conference

In a required communication course for all biology majors at Tennessee Technological University, the focus has traditionally been on professional development and career readiness. On the surface, the previous course structure prepared students to enter the job market. However, on closer review, many students struggled with independent thinking and speaking. Following course redesign using inquiry-guided learning models and student surveys, alternative assignments based on students’ abilities and goals were introduced. Using interdisciplinary teams to competitively debate an open-ended question, students received opportunities to improve leadership, teamwork, and communication skills, i.e., to fledge from the academic nest to the job ...


Sotl And University Teaching Education In Communication Disorders Phd Programs, Laura Smith-Olinde Mar 2017

Sotl And University Teaching Education In Communication Disorders Phd Programs, Laura Smith-Olinde

SoTL Commons Conference

Sixty-nine Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) research doctoral programs were surveyed about PhD students’ introduction to the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and instructional pedagogy. Nineteen of the CSD programs responded, a 27.5% response. Nearly one-third of respondents stated that they did not infuse SoTL into their curriculum, while the remaining 69% declared that they integrated SoTL through a ‘course on teaching’. We report program demographic information with descriptive statistics. Our thematic analysis identified ‘courses/seminars’, ‘required’ and ‘experiential’ as major themes pertinent to instructional pedagogy. Implications for undergraduate, masters and clinical doctoral CSD students’ education will be ...


New Adjunct Faculty Outreach, Cristina Cottom, Sara Ombres, Angela Atwell, Lisa Martino Mar 2017

New Adjunct Faculty Outreach, Cristina Cottom, Sara Ombres, Angela Atwell, Lisa Martino

SoTL Commons Conference

This study looked to determine if an increase in communication from the Rothwell Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE-W) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide (ERAU-W) campus to adjunct faculty during their first term teaching would increase utilization of CTLE-W resources compared to first time ERAU-Worldwide adjunct faculty who did not receive increased communication from CTLE-W. Results showed new adjunct faculty members will continue seeking assistance from the CTLE-W team if they are contacted during their first term teaching.


Blending Pedagogical Approaches In Public Health Education: The A.D.O.P.T. Model, Mckinley Thomas, Sara S. Plaspohl Mar 2017

Blending Pedagogical Approaches In Public Health Education: The A.D.O.P.T. Model, Mckinley Thomas, Sara S. Plaspohl

SoTL Commons Conference

The success of a public health workforce hinges upon the efficacy of educational experiences offered within higher education. To enhance learning the authors developed a multimodal pedagogical approach designed to support public health education: A.D.O.P.T. The model is supported by five modalities offered during each session: Activity, Discussion, Objectives, Presentation, and Transition. We believe this model will enhance the learning environment in public health, yielding informed, analytical, and well-prepared students equipped to address the needs of a diverse population.


Comparison Of Theory-Practice Link In Us And Uk Student Nurses, Thayer W. Mcgahee, Betty Abraham-Settles Mar 2017

Comparison Of Theory-Practice Link In Us And Uk Student Nurses, Thayer W. Mcgahee, Betty Abraham-Settles

SoTL Commons Conference

Nurse education in Higher Education aims to prepare student nurses to develop their abilities to integrate theory taught within the classroom into their clinical or practice placement. A collaborative, qualitative research project was undertaken between the University of South Carolina Aiken, USA and University of Hertfordshire, UK to explore, compare and evaluate the influence of Academic Professors/ Link Lecturers* in enabling 1st year student nurses to make the connection between theory and practice. The study was informed by current literature on theory-practice, Academic Professors/ Link Lecturers and student nurses’ experiences and perspectives.

(*faculty in the US are called academic ...


Flipping A Distance Learning Calculus Class, Amy Riordan Mar 2017

Flipping A Distance Learning Calculus Class, Amy Riordan

SoTL Commons Conference

Numerous instructors have moved part of the instruction outside class meetings in order to provide more classtime for collaborative or supervised problem-solving and skill-building, often reporting dramatic improvement in the areas of retention, engagement, and achievement. The additional challenge faced by ERAU-Worldwide is the video-conferencing platform that connects groups of students in diverse locations to an instructor in one of the classrooms or teaching from home. This study focuses on the issues inherent in the distance between students and instructor while attempting to replicate other published experiences. Exam scores in flipped, non-flipped, and online courses without the videos are compared.


The First Amendment And Provocative Teaching: Lessons From The Evidence, Kent D. Kauffman Mar 2017

The First Amendment And Provocative Teaching: Lessons From The Evidence, Kent D. Kauffman

SoTL Commons Conference

Risk-taking teaching is memorable and the research shows students retain content deeply when their learning connects to emotional intensity. But how far do academic freedom and the First Amendment extend to faculty teaching techniques? In this session, the presenter will synopsize the body of law on the prerogative of faculty over their pedagogical devices – called the germaneness standard. Attendees will analyze actual examples and evaluate if the controversial teaching techniques are protected by the confluence of academic freedom and the First Amendment. Consequently, attendees will be able, with confidence, to continue engaging their students to achieve the best learning outcomes.