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Grant to Develop Mathematical Problem-Solving Tutor

Yan Ping XinYan Ping Xin, faculty member in special education in the Department of Educational Studies, is the PI of a DRK12 grant from the National Science Foundation entitled Conceptual Model-based Problem Solving: A Response to Intervention Program for Students with Learning Difficulties in Mathematics. Building on prior research and development work, the 3-year exploratory project will develop a cross-platform mathematics tutoring program that addresses the problem-solving skill difficulties of second- and third-grade students with learning disabilities in mathematics (LDM). COMPS-A, the tutoring program, represents a mathematical model-based problem-solving approach that emphasizes understanding and representation of mathematical relations in algebraic equations and, thus, will support growth in generalized problem-solving skills. A functional prototype of COMPS-A will be developed followed by a single-subject design study with a small group of students with LDM to field-test the initial program. Finally, a pretest-posttest, comparison group design with random assignment of participants to groups will then be used to examine the effects of the two intervention conditions: COMPS-A and business as usual. Project Co-PIs are Yingjie Victor Chen in Computer Graphics Technology and Signe Kastberg in Curriculum and Instruction. More...

 

Science Educator Recognized

Carla JohnsonCarla Johnson, faculty member in science education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and an associate dean in the College of Education, has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Christian J. Foster Award, which recognizes a Purdue faculty member who has made tranformational contributions to improving STEM teaching and learning in Indiana's K-12 schools. She is a previous recipient of the Excellence in Integration of Science and Mathematics (2012) award from the School Science and Mathematics Association, as well as the Outstanding Science Teacher Educator (2013) and Impact of Educational Research on Practice (2014) awards from the Association of Science Teacher Education. She co-edited the newly-published STEM Road Map: A Framework for Integrated STEM Education. Effective with the beginning of the fall 2015 term, she has been named the associate dean for research, engagement and global partnerships of Purdue’s College of Education.

 

Grant Supporting Native American Students

Marcia GentryMarcia Gentry, faculty member in gifted and talented studies in the Department of Educational Studies, has received a grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to bring Native American students to the Purdue campus for a summer residential enrichment program.  Project HOPE+ (Having Opportunities Promotes Excellence) will support 65 6th through 12th grade students to attend a STEM-focused summer camp as part of the Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI) Summer Residential Program. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, which has supported Project HOPE+ in previous years, is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. More...

 

Launch the Future Grant Awarded

Yukiko MaedaYukiko Maeda, faculty member in educational psychology and research methodology in the Department of Educational Studies, is the leader of a team of faculty members including Ala Samarapungavan and Rachael Kenney that was awarded a Category II Launch the Future grant via an internal College of Education competition. The project will study how school systems and educators in the STEM disciplines use data for decision-making. The goal is to better understand data-based decision-making and ultimately to develop effective models of data use that can help schools and teachers to better use data to improve student achievement. The Launch the Future grant program is supported by the College of Education and was created to seed faculty efforts in working towards large-scale, collaborative, interdisciplinary projects that support the strategic aims of the college related to grand challenges in STEM education and social justice.

 

Special Educator Receives Kinley Trust Grant

Matt BrodheadMatt Brodhead, faculty member in special education in the Department of Educational Studies, has been awarded a one-year grant from Purdue's Clifford B. Kinley Trust for his project, The Use of Script Training to Teach Children with Autism Spectrum Disroder (ASD) to Communicate with Family Members via Skype. The selection committee praised the well-written proposal with a clear potential for impact. The Clifford B. Kinley Trust was established in 1978 to fund research which uses a social science perspective to explore methods for improving the human condition. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis using a rigorous two-tiered review process.

 

LDT Faculty Member Twice Recognized

Peg ErtmerPeg Ertmer, faculty member in learning design and technology in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She was recognized at the AERA annual meeting in Chicago in April, 2015. Earlier in the year, Professor Ertmer was awarded the 2014 David H. Jonassen Excellence in Research Award from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). This award is given to individuals who have demonstrated a long-term record of excellence in the field of instructional design and technology (IDT). The award was established to remember the significant scholarly contributions to the field of IDT by Dr. David H. Jonassen. More...

 

COE Faculty Awarded Three State MSPs

Carla JohnsonSelcen GuzeyLynn BryanMinjung RyuPaul AsundaJill Newton

The Indiana Department of Education has awarded three state Math Science Parternship (MSP) grants to Purdue College of Education faculty members in partnership with Indiana schools. Carla Johnson and Selcen Guzey, faculty members in science education, were awarded a grant for the Avon-Purdue Math and Science Partnership to transform intermediate and middle schools in the Avon School Corporation to an integrated STEM approach. Selcen Guzey, Lynn Bryan, and Minjung Ryu, science educators, along with Paul Asunda, technology educator, and graduate student Drew Ayres from the College of Technology, were awarded a grant for A New MSP Partnership to Improve Integrated STEM Education in Indiana which will provide professional development and support for teachers from Carroll Jr-Sr High School, Benton Central High School, and Central Catholic High School. Jill Newton, faculty member in mathematics education, was awarded a portion of a grant for Creating Algebra Teaching Communities for Hoosiers to work with the Community Schools of Frankfort. More...

 

Education Professor Named to Discovery Park Post

James LehmanJames Lehman, faculty member in learning design and technology and associate dean for discovery and faculty development in the College of Education, has been named the Jerry and Rosie Semler Director of the Discovery Learning Research Center in Discovery Park. Professor Lehman succeeds Brenda Capobianco, a science educator who served as the interim director following the departure of Gabriela Weaver, professor of chemistry, who left the university to assume a position at the University of Masschusetts -Amherst. Professor Lehman's research has focused on the integration of personal computers in education, particularly in the sciences, interactive multimedia design, computer-mediated distance education, and teacher professional development to equip teachers to use problem-centered, inquiry-based science in the classroom. He will be phasing out of his duties as associate dean in order to take on the DLRC post. More...

 

University Faculty Scholars Named

Ayse Ciftci Marcia Gentry Ayse Ciftci, faculty member in counseling psychology in the Department of Educational Studies, and Marcia Gentry, faculty member in gifted, talented, and creative studies, in the Department of Educational Studies, have been named University Faculty Scholars. The University Faculty Scholars Program recognizes outstanding faculty members at the West Lafayette campus who are on an accelerated path for academic distinction.  Eligible faculty must hold the rank of tenured associate or full professor and have been in that rank for no more than five years.  Faculty Scholars are appointed for a nonrenewable five year term and receive an annual discretionary allocation.

 

Science Educator Honored as Distinguished Woman Scholar

Lynn BryanLynn Bryan, science educator jointly appointed in the Departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Physics, was recognized by the Purdue University Butler Center for Leadership Excellence as a Distinguished Woman Scholar for 2015-2016. This award is intended to recognize the doctoral alumnae of Purdue who have made significant scholarly contributions. In recognizing these women, an example is made, and a standard set for the aspiring women scholars at Purdue today.  Lynn, who is widely known for her work in science education research, was one of only four awardees for the year.

 

English Educator Honored

Melanie ShoffnerMelanie Shoffner, an English educator jointly appointed in the Departments of English and Curriculum and Instruction, was awarded the 2014 Terry Furlong Award for Research at the National Association for the Teaching of English annual conference. The award is given in recognition of her consistently high quality contributions to the research strand at the conference. Professor Shoffner was also recently elected chair of the National Council of Teacher of English (NCTE) Council on English Education and to a seat on the NCTE Executive Committee. Her work was also recently featured in the College of Liberal Arts THiNK magazine (see article).

 

Faculty Members Recognized at Research Awards Dinner

Eric DeemerYouli MantzicopoulosJerry PetersDan Shepardson

Four College of Education faculty members, Eric Deemer (Educational Studies), Youli Mantzicopoulos (Educational Studies), Jerry Peters (Curriculum and Instruction and YDAE), and Dan Shepardson (Curriculum and Instruction and EAPS) were given Seeds for Success Awards at the 2014 Excellence in Research Awards in November. The Seeds for Success Awards are given in recognition of individuals or teams of investigators who obtain an externally sponsored award of $1 million or more in a fiscal year. Winners of college faculty discovery awards, which were awarded last spring, were also cited at the dinner. Youli Mantzicopoulos, Aman Yadav, and Yukiko Maeda were recognized as recipients of Outstanding Faculty Discovery Awards in the Department of Educational Studies.

 

Science Educator Honored

Brenda CapobiancoBrenda Capobianco, faculty member in science education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction with a courtesy appointment in Engineering Education, was recognized as Outstanding Educator in Science, Technology or Engineering at the 2014 Leading Lights Awards in Indianapolis. The Leading Light Awards are given bi-annually by Women & Hi Tech to recognize Indiana's women of achievement in science, education, technology and engineering. Capobianco was recognized for her integrated discovery, learning, and engagement in STEM education. Earlier in the year, Capobianco received the inaugural Christian J. Foster Award, named after the former Purdue first gentleman, which is given to a faculty member who has made transformational contributions to improving STEM teaching and learning in Indiana's K-12 schools. Professor Capobianco also served as the interim director of the Discovery Learning Research Center in Purdue's Discovery Park during the fall semester of 2014 while a search for a permanent director was undertaken.

 

Scale-Up Study Investigating Total School Cluster Grouping Model

Marcia GentryMarcia Gentry, faculty member in gifted education in the Department of Educational Studies, is the PI of a project to implement a scale-up experimental test of the total school cluster grouping model. The research is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program. Total school cluster grouping is an intervention that is designed to help teachers improve student achievement, recognize and develop talent among student from underrepresented populations, and use strategies often found only in gifted programs with all students. The study is investigating the effects of the model in 100 schools (50 treatment and 50 control) in multiple school settings across the U.S. Additional faculty members from the College of Education who are involved in the project include Jennifer Richardson, Yukiko Maeda, Kristina Paul, Rachael Kenney, and Ala Samarapungavan.

 

Purdue Studying Active Learning in University Courses

Chantal Levesque-BristolChantal Levesque-Bristol, director of the Purdue's Center for Instructional Excellence and a faculty member in educational studies, is leading a Department of Education funded initiative to study why active-learning strategies help student retention, success and completion rates. The project is part of DOE's First in the World Program, which seeks to improve postsecondary educational persistence and completion. The study will focus on science, technology, engineering, agriculture and math courses within the context of Purdue's Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation (IMPACT) program, which has already successfully transformed 120 large-enrollment courses to use more group work and active learning strategies. The researchers will examine different active-learning strategies and identify the factors that make some more successful than others. Courses with multiple sections will be selected, and one section will become the control section with another the experimental section. The experimental section will undergo an IMPACT transformation, and the control section will be taught as usual. Pre- and post-test assessments, constructed by faculty and measuring faculty-identified learning outcomes, will be administered in the control and experimental sections.  More...

 

Gifted Education Researcher Recognized for Scholarship

Marcia GentryMarcia Gentry, gifted education researcher in the Department of Educational Studies, was selected as the recipient of the 2014 National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Distinguished Scholar Award. The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) annually presents the Distinguished Scholar Award to an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of knowledge regarding the education of gifted and talented individuals. This individual should have a continued record of distinguished scholarship and contributions to the field of gifted education for more than 10 years, and must show a record of ongoing scholarly productivity as recognized by experts in the field. The award will be presented at the NAGC annual meeting in November 2014.

 

Measuring Teaching Effectiveness Research Supported by IES

Helen Patrick Youli MantzicopoulosHelen Patrick and Youli Mantzicopoulos, faculty members in educational psychology in the Department of Educational Studies, have received funding from the Institute for Education Sciences, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, for their project, Measuring Effective Teaching across Core Academic Content Areas for Kindergarten. The four year project will investigate a range of critical questions about the validity and reliability of scores obtained with 5 prominent observational measures of teaching effectiveness. The PIs will consider teaching effectiveness in the key content areas of literacy and math at multiple points during the first year of school, and in relation to student academic achievement and achievement-related motivational and social-emotional outcomes. The research will play an important role in informing current state and national movements toward increasing use of evaluations of teacher effectiveness. More...

 

Math Educator Awarded NSF CAREER Grant

Laura BofferdingLaura Bofferding, faculty member in mathematics education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, has been awarded a National Science Foundation faculty early career development grant. NSF CAREER grants are the agency's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.  Professor Bofferding will receive five years of support to investigate young students' developing understanding of negative numbers and how this understanding builds on their prior understanding of positive numbers.  She will conduct a series of experimental studies involving students in the elementary grades to study factors that support students' understanding of integers and to test the best methods for presenting integer addition and subtraction problems to students to facilitate learning. More...

 

APA Recognition for Counseling Faculty Member

Ayse CiftciAyşe Çiftçi, faculty member in counseling psychology in the Department of Educational Studies, was awarded an American Psychological Association (APA) Presidential Citation at the 2014 Counseling Psychology Conference in Atlanta in March, 2014. She was recognized for her service to APA, including chairing APA’s Committee on Early Career Psychologists, as well as her research that spans a broad range of multicultural topics (immigrants, expatriate experiences, gender role conflict with Turkish populations, religiosity, disability status) which has resulted in her being elected an APA fellow by Divisions 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) and 52 (International Psychology). More...

 

Sound Learning

Dan ShepardsonDan Shepardson, faculty member in science education with a joint appointment in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, is Co-PI of a new NSF-funded project focused on informal science learning through sound. The project is entitled Global Soundscapes! The Big Data, Big Screens, Open Ears Project. The project uses the new science of soundscape ecology to design a variety of informal science learning experiences that engage participants through acoustic discovery. Soundscape ecology is an interdisciplinary science that studies how humans relate to place through sound and how humans influence the environment through the alteration of natural sound composition. The project will develop sound-based learning experiences targeting middle-school students (grades 5-8), visually impaired and urban students, and the general public as well as professional development materials for informal science educators. The project team includes Purdue-based researchers involved in soundscape and other ecological research; Foxfire Interactive, an award-winning educational media company; science museum partners with digital theaters; the National Audubon Society and its national network of field stations; the Perkins School for the Blind; and Multimedia Research (as the external evaluator). The project PI is Bryan Pijanowski in Forestry and Natural Resources.

 

Gifted Education Researcher Honored for Service

Sidney MoonSidney Moon, faculty member in gifted education in the Department of Educational Studies and associate dean for engagement (now retired), was selected as the recipient of the 2013 National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Distinguished Service Award. The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) annually presents the Distinguished Service Award to an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of gifted education and to the development of the organization. This award is given to an individual who has been in the field for more than 10 years and has shown evidence of making major contributions in at least two of the selection criteria areas, or a significant contribution with lasting impact on the field of gifted education in one of the areas. These contributions must have been ongoing and must demonstrate a continued commitment over time. The award was presented at the NAGC annual meeting in November 2013.

 

Faculty Members Named APA Fellows

Ayse CiftciHelen PatrickAyse Ciftci, faculty member in Counseling Psychology, and Helen Patrick, faculty member in Educational Psychology, both in the Department of Educational Studies, have been selected as Fellows of the American Psychological Association. Professor Ciftci was selected for Division 52 - International Psychology, and she also received a Division 52 Early Career Psychologist Award. Professor Patrick was selected for Division 15 - Educational Psychology. Fellow status is an honor bestowed upon APA members who have shown evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology. Fellow status requires that a person's work has had a national impact on the field of psychology beyond a local, state or regional level. A high level of competence or steady and continuing contributions are not sufficient to warrant fellow status. National impact must be demonstrated.

 

Education a Partner in Computer Science Project

James LehmanJames Lehman, faculty member in learning design and technology in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and associate dean for discovery and faculty development, is the Co-PI of an NSF-funded project to provide professional development for computer science teachers. The project, in partnership with Project Lead the Way (PLTW), is entitled Leading the Way to CS10K: Assessing a Just-in-Time Professional Development Approach for Teacher Knowledge Growth in Computer Science or just PD4CS for short The project is developing, implementing, and assessing  professional development for teachers of computer science that incorporates face-to-face training coupled with continuous online just-in-time support. PLTW is a non-profit organization that has successfully implemented innovative and rigorous STEM curriculum in over 4,700 schools and is introducing a new Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSE) course. The large network of schools implementing this new course provides the opportunity to implement and study professional development for a large number of teachers. The goal is to establish an evidence-based professional development program to improve teachers' knowledge to teach computer science, and deliver empirically validated best practices for providing computer science professional development to teachers. The project team includes John T. Korb and Suzanne Hambrusch of the Department of Computer Science and Brian French of Washington State University. Aman Yadav, former Purdue faculty member now at Michigan State University, is the project PI.

 

Faculty Member in Gifted Studies Elected to NAGC Post

Kristina Ayers PaulKristina Ayers Paul, Assistant Professor of Gifted, Creative, and Talented Studies, has been elected as the Chair-Elect for the National Association for Gifted Children’s (NAGC) Computers and Technology network. As of September 1, 2013, Kristina began serving a two-year term as Chair-Elect, which will be followed by a two year term as Chair. As one of 15 networks in NAGC, the Computers and Technology Network is committed to initiating, developing, and implementing practices and materials that will promote the use of all types of information technology to improve the teaching and learning process, particularly in gifted education. Specifically, the Network focuses on activities that promote (1) the recognition and acceptance of, and the commitment to, information technology skills as a fundamental area of training for gifted and talented students, (2) research in areas relating to the use of information technologies in education; and (3) practical strategies and activities to foster the use of information technologies in gifted education.

 

Education Researchers Collaborate on Interdisciplinary Incentive Grants

Nadine DolbyDan ShepardsonLynn Bryan

Three researchers from the College of Education are collaborating on recently funded interdisciplinary incentive grants from the university. The Emerging Research Incentive Grant program, a new initiative of the OVPR, awarded grants through a university-wide competition. Nadine Dolby, faculty member in curriculum studies in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and Dan Shepardson, faculty member in science education with a joint appointment in Curriculum and Instruction and Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, are part of the team on Global Soundscapes: Science, Engineering and Education Research to Preserve Earth's Acoutic Heritage. Lynn Bryan, faculty member in science education with a joint appointment in Curriculum and Instruction and Physics, is part of the team on Learning Quantum Mechanics through Modeling-Based Instruction: Advancing STEM Education across Scale and Disciplines. This is the first year that the university has funded these research incentive grants, which are intended to spark efforts that will break new ground in interdisciplinary research.

 

Special Education Faculty Member Receives Commercialization Funds

Oliver WendtOliver Wendt, jointly appointed faculty member in Special Education and Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, is one of five faculty members campus-wide who were awarded Trask Innovation funds from the university to help them commercialize innovations. Professor Wendt received his award for Development of SPEAK more! A Language Training App for Individuals with Severe Autism. The technology shows promise in helping individuals affected by severe, non-verbal autism to foster more robust communication with their families and others.. More...

 

Math Education Faculty Member Receives NAE Fellowship

Laura BofferdingLaura Bofferding, faculty member in Mathematics Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, has been awarded a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship. This program supports early career scholars working in critical areas of education research. This postdoctoral fellowship funds proposals that make significant scholarly contributions to the field of education. The program also develops the careers of its recipients through professional development activities involving National Academy of Education members. Professor Bofferding's project will extend over two years as she investigates first-graders’ (year 1) and kindergartners’ (year 2) developing understanding of negative numbers in the context of a board game. Results will add to our understanding of the development of numerical concepts, particularly if children can learn negative number concepts while learning positive number concepts or only after developing positive number knowledge. More...

 

Researchers Receive University Incentive Grant

Helen PatrickYouli MantzicopoulosHelen Patrick and Youli Mantzicopoulos, faculty members in the educational psychology program in the Department of Educational Studies, are the investigators on an Emerging Research Incentive Grant from Purdue's Office of the Vice President for Research. The Emerging Research Incentive Grant program, a new initiative of the OVPR, awarded grants through a university-wide competition for the first time this year. The project proposed by Professors Patrick and Mantzicopoulos, Evaluting Effective Teaching with a Content-Independent Measure: Does Subject Matter Make a Difference in Kindergarten?, will address critical questions about the evaluation of teacher effectiveness, a topic at the forefront of national and state debates about education. The project will run through August, 2015.

 

Purdue Hosting Bejamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute

Anatoli RapoportAnatoli Rapoport, faculty member in social studies education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, is directing the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute with funding from the U.S. Department of State. Participants in the summer institute are 16-18 year old teenagers from the United States and Europe who are interested in learning about international relations, diplomacy, international cooperation, democratic development, democratic citizenship, civil society, the role of media, public policy, and community service. The institute features academically rigorous and culturally diverse content; opportunities for participants to meet with prominent scholars and practitioners in the areas of diplomacy, media and communication, civic education, and science; and opportunities to develop socially meaningful projects that they will be able to implement in their schools or communities. The institute has been offered in the summers of both 2013 and 2014. Collaborators include the Brian Lamb School of Communication, the Department of Political Science, the Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship, and the Tippecanoe School Corporation. 

 

Primary Students' Development of Science Conceptual Understanding Focus of Study

Ala Samarapungavan Lynn BryanYukiko Maeda

Ala Samarapungavan, faculty member in educational psychology and head of the Department of Educational Studies, is the PI of a grant project from the National Science Foundation entitled, Modeling in Primary Grades (MPG): Science Learning through Content Rich Inquiry. Lynn Bryan, faculty member in science education in the Departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Physics, Yukiko Maeda, faculty member in educational psychology, is a project Co-PI. This exploratory project examines how teachers of second grade students scaffold the development of student conceptual models and their understanding of the nature of scientific models and modeling processes in physical science conceptual areas associated with the particulate nature of matter. The project employs a mixed methodological research design that incorporates rich qualitative data collection and analysis combined with a quasi-experimental design that examines student learning across a treatment and comparison group with the same curricular materials but with differing support for teachers to engage students in disciplinary productive discussions about the science phenomena that they are studying.

 

Special Education Researcher's Work Impacting Math Education

Yan Ping XinYan Ping Xin, faculty member in special education in the Department of Educational Studies, has been invited to contribute to a new two-volume work on research into practice in mathematics education being developed at the request of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The book will feature summaries of key articles published in the Journal of Research in Mathematics Education, and Dr. Xin's 2008 article, “The Effect of Schema-Based Instruction in Solving Mathematics Word Problems: An Emphasis on Prealgebraic Conceptualization of Multiplicative Relations,” was chosen for inclusion. Her work on conceptual model-based problem solving in mathematics will also be showcased in a forthcoming book from Sense Publishers authored by Dr. Xin, Conceptual Model-Based Problem Solving: Teach Students with Learning Difficulties to Solve Math Problems.

 

Measurement Researcher Focusing on Pedagogical Feedback Tool in Engineering

Yukiko MaedaYukiko Maeda, faculty member in educational psychology and research methodology in the Department of Educational Studies, is Co-PI of an NSF-funded project focusing on the implementation of a multidimensional assessment tool in undergraduate engineering courses and its impacts on both instructor pedagogical expertise and student learning outcomes. In the project, about 2500 undergraduate engineering students will use the Global Real-time Assessment Tool for Teaching Enhancement (G-RATE) to provide pedagogical feedback to their course instructors. The research will investigate whether the feedback from the G-RATE improves the development of instructors' pedagogical expertise and student learning outcomes. The project PI is Monica Cox, professor of Engineering Education. More...

 

Faculty Member Collaborating on New Learning Technology

Bill WatsonBill Watson, assistant professor of learning design and technology, is working with the Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP) organization to help shift the educational system to learner-centered engagement and skill building, as opposed to knowledge delivery through traditional lectures, in part with new technology to support the change. Kyle Bowen, ITaP’s director of Informatics, is partnering with Watson to create a personalized educational system, which will provide four primary pieces for use in driving student learning: record keeping, planning, instruction and assessment. The goal is to move beyond current learning software to create a system that helps students define their own learning paths and keep track of their progress. The system also would incorporate the idea of measuring student success based on mastery of specific and pre-defined skills. More...

 

Defining Global Engineering Competencies

Ayse CiftciAyse Ciftci, faculty member in Counseling Psychology in the Department of Educational Studies, is Co-PI of an NSF grant project focused on building a theoretical framework for defining outcomes-based global engineering competencies. The goal of the project is to develop foundational knowledge about the complexities and multi-dimensionality of the term "global competence" so that a shared understanding of global competence in STEM education can be developed. The project PI is P.K. Imbrie in Engineering Education, and Rabi Mohtar in Agricultural and Biological Engineering is also a Co-PI.

 

Counseling Researcher Focuses on Grief and Loss

Heather Servaty-SeibHeather Servaty-Seib, faculty member in counseling psychology in the Department of Educational Studies, studies the various ways in which people deal with grief and loss. Her work was featured in a recent Purdue Today article. Using a framework of gains and losses, she aims to get people thinking and talking about death, dying, grief and loss on individual, institutional and societal levels. Through research and student engagement via service-learning, she looks at the multidimensional aspects of grief -- emotional, cognitive, behavioral, social, and spiritual.   More...

 

Researchers Investigating Algebra Teaching Approaches

Jill Newton Yukiko MaedaJill Newton, faculty member in mathematics education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and Yukiko Maeda, faculty member in educational psychology and research methods in the Department of Educational Studies, were awarded a 3-year NSF REESE grant entitled, Preparing to Teach Algebra (PTA): A Study of Teacher Education. The project will investigate how state-level policies related to algebra and recently released algebra expectations are addressed in secondary mathematics teacher education programs.  The project will seek to understand how opportunities for developing knowledge for teaching algebra are provided in different teacher preparation programs using a mixed-methods approach.

 

Gifted Education Researcher Among Most Prolific

Marcia GentryMarcia Gentry, professor of gifted education in the Department of Educational Studies, has been identified as one of the most prolific researchers in the field in a recently published study. An article by David Yun Dai, Joan Ann Swanson, and Hongyu Cheng, published in Gifted Child Quarterly (2011, 55(2), 126-138), reported on a study that surveyed more than 1200 empirical studies on giftedness, gifted education, and creativity from 1998-2010. The most prolific researchers and research teams were identified, and Professor Gentry ranked 9th overall with 11 publications during that period.

 

SLED Math Science Partnership Project

Brenda CapobiancoBrenda Capobianco, faculty member in science education and courtesy faculty member in engineering education, is Co-PI and project co-director of a National Science Foundation Math Science Partnership project entitled, Science Learning through Engineering Design (SLED). The project focuses on the use of engineering design as a vehicle for teaching science in grades 3 through 6. It includes three key components: development of standards-based and inquiry-oriented curricular materials for teaching science through engineering design in the targeted grades, professional development for in-service and pre-service teachers, and research into the impact of this approach. Partnering in the project are Purdue's Colleges of Education, Engineering, Science, and Technology; the Discovery Learning Research Center; and the Lafayette, Tippecanoe, Taylor Community, and Plymouth schools. The project spans five years and when completed will have impacted about 200 teachers and 5000 students. More...

 

Project Focusing on Science Concepts for Rural Schools

Peg Ertmer Peg Ertmer, faculty member in learning design and technology, is part of a team leading a National Science foundation funded project. The project, entitled A Sustainable Energy Concepts Professional Development Model for Rural Schools and Its Extension to a Systemic Approach for Integrating STEM Research and Education or just Research Goes to School for short, is under the direction of the Provost and involves partnerships with the Discovery Learning Research Center, the Energy Center, and the Birck Nanotechnology Center. The project is designed to increase interest and engagement in STEM disciplines by providing professional development to help rural teachers in Indiana to integrate cutting edge scientific topics, such as sustainable energy and nanotechnology, in the classroom.

 

Science Educator Elected AAAS Fellow

Anita RoychoudhuryAnita Roychoudhury, faculty member in the science education program, was elected as a Fellow in the American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She was recognized at the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Diego in February, 2010. See www.aaas.org/news/releases/2009/1218fellows.shtml.