Numerous COE faculty to present at AERA 2017

The American Educational Research Association’s 2017 meeting will convene on April 27 – May 1 in San Antonio, TX to discuss research centralized around the theme “Knowledge to Action: Achieving the Promise of Equal Educational Opportunity.”

Georgia Southern University’s College of Education will be well represented at the conference with over 20 faculty members accepted for presentations.

Presentations (in order by date only) from COE faculty members include:

Jonathan C. Hilpert; Gwen C. Marchand Individual-referent and Group-referent Measures of Student Engagement: Linear and Nonlinear Evidence for Classroom Systems
Aslihan Unal; Z. Unal; Yasar Bodur Flipped Classroom Strategy: A Study of Student Performance, Perceptions and Teacher Satisfaction
Scott Beck; Dina Walker-DeVose; Caren Town; Laura Agnich; & Trina Smith Reaching Conservative Teachers regarding Gender and Sexual Diversity in the wake of Obergefell
Antonio Gutierrez de Blume Calibration Among Undergraduate Students: The Role of Gender and Performance Attributions
Amanda Glaze; Liz Barnes; Eli Gottleib; Erich Eder; and Gale Sinatra Relations between Religious Belief and Learning about Evolution: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
Dan Rea and Cordelia Zinskie Development of a Holistic Instrument to Assess Need and Readiness of “Forgotten Middle” Students
Alisa Leckie Twenty-Five Years of Race-Evasive Literature on White Teacher Identity
Julie C. Garlen Pop Culture Praxis: Cultural Production as Critical Pedagogy
Julie C. Garlen, (chair/session organizer); Lisa Farley; Gail Boldt; Joe Valente; Sandra Chang-Kredl; and David Lewkowich The Child in Question: Exploring Social Constructions of Childhood
Alma Stevenson and Scott Beck Emergent Conscientization among Pre-teens through Critical, Socioculturally Responsive Literacy Pedagogy
John Weaver Quantitative and Qualitative Methods are not Enough! The Ethics of Research Beyond Methodocentrism
Jonathan C. Hilpert; Gwen C. Marchand; and Jenefer E. Husman Engagement and loss of complexity during interactive instruction: A multilevel analysis of energy science classrooms
Marlynn Griffin and Bryan Griffin Faculty, Staff, and Student Views of Concealed Carry of Handguns on the University Campus
Dean Thomas R. Koballa, Jr. and Chris and Katie Brkich Digital Badges and Differentiated Instruction: Programme Evaluation in Supporting Online Professional Development
Ashlihan Unal and Z. Unal Using Online Case Studies to Prepare Preservice Teachers Working with Parents. What Would You Do in This Situation?
Ashlihan Unal and Z. Unal Investigating and Comparing the Effectiveness of Three Different Case-Based Instruction Strategies in Classroom Management
Michael Moore Whose stories are we telling? Literary knowledge, English curricula and diversity in globalised national contexts
Alma Stevenson and Lacey Huffling With Our Writing, We Had to Think Like Scientists:” Developing STEM Literacy Through Creative Narratives.
Cordelia Zinskie Analysis of Required Twitter Participation in an Online Educational Research Course: Process and Results

*Bold indicates College of Education faculty member.

For additional information about AERA or to see an online program for the meeting, visit

Glaze invited to present in LSU Museum Seminar Series

Amanda Glaze, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, has been invited to speak at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Museum of Natural Sciences later this month. On April 21, Glaze will present “Unspeakable, Forbidden, Taboo: Conversations about evolution in the American Southeast” for LSU’s Museum Seminar Series.

The series is a weekly research talk given by invited guests and LSU personnel that revolves around topics of natural history, ecology, or evolutionary biology. Seminars are open to the public and take place on Fridays at 3:30 p.m. in the museum exhibits area.

COE faculty TEDxGeorgiaSouthernU videos available for streaming

Richard Cleveland, Ph.D.

Fayth Parks, Ph.D.

Richard Cleveland, Ph.D. and Fayth Parks, Ph.D. of the Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development presented at the University’s first-ever TEDx event, TEDxGeorgiaSouthernU, in 2016. Videos of their lectures are now available for streaming on YouTube.

Cleveland presented “Story as Connection.” The talk referenced his experience as a traveler and educator with diverse populations and talks about his efforts to connect people to stories and then to each other. To view his lecture, click here.

Parks presented “Connecting Humanity Through the Art of Storytelling.” She spoke on knocking down walls and lessening the gaps between people through exploring the common threads of human experience by telling and listening to each other’s stories. Parks presented a fresh look at storytelling as a creative, time-honored way of connecting through universally valued human strengths.  To view her lecture, click here.

TEDxGeorgiaSouthernU is organized by the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement.

Grant funding received for Sapelo Island program

Missy Bennett, Ed.D., Heather Scott, Ed.D., and Yasar Bodur, Ph.D., of the Department of Teaching and Learning, received official notification that they will receive 2017 Teacher Quality grant funding. They will be working with teachers from partner schools in Emanuel County and other areas of Georgia in a week-long summer course that enhances content knowledge and pedagogy of science teachers in the area of ecological inquiry and earth science. Participants will become acquainted with the interdependence of Atlantic Horseshoe Crabs and the migratory Red Knot shorebird of Sapelo Island, Georgia.

Hodges is lead author of commentary for AACTE’s Innovation and Technology Committee

Charles Hodges, Ph.D.

Chuck Hodges, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development, served as the lead author of an commentary from the American Association for Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Innovation and Technology Committee. The commentary was requested as a response to remarks made by Joseph South, former Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology regarding the preparation of educators to use technology.

The commentary appears in the current issue of Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education and is entitled, “Preparing Educators to Evaluate the Efficacy of Educational Technology.”

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