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New Undergraduate Research Opportunities Underway in the College of Education

The Georgia Southern Office of Research Services and Sponsored Programs awarded an undergraduate research initiative to Teaching and Learning Associate Professor Kymberly Drawdy, Curriculum, Foundations & Reading Associate Professor Meca Williams-Johnson and Teaching & Learning Instructor Kathleen Tootle totaling $10,700. Their work, “Research to Practice: Pre-service Teacher Research Initiative,” was created to provide opportunities for action research projects for pre-service teachers in Bulloch County schools. “Research to Practice” is a year-long problem-based research experience for undergraduate education majors, investigating school improvement challenges.

A small group will pilot the initiative. Beginning in Fall 2013, six preservice special education undergraduate seniors will volunteer as participants to complete collaborative action research projects. The students will have seminars in research methods, data collection and data analysis. Volunteers will select a particular research problem previously identified by Bulloch County school improvement plans, and identified by principals, teachers and other school leaders. Data will be collected while students are also involved in their practicum experience, and findings will be presented at a research symposium the following spring semester. The symposium will be hosted within the schools where principals, teachers and school leaders will participate as audience members to further discuss solutions to solving the problems investigated by our students.

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