Hodges serves as editor for book on computational thinking

Chuck Hodges, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development, co-edited a book with Peter J. Rich, Ph.D. that brings together emerging research around computational thinking in regards to K-12 and higher education. “Emerging Research, Practice, and Policy on Computational Thinking” addresses the addition of topics such as coding and other computational skills to school curricula and investigates how these skills can be taught and its resulting effects on learning throughout a student’s education.

Alumna Cristal Jones-Harris, Ed.D. (‘10) and professor Greg Chamblee, Ph.D., of the Department of Teaching and Learning authored a chapter in the book titled, “Understanding African-American Students’ Problem-Solving Ability in the Precalculus and Advanced Computer Science Classroom.”

Glaze co-edits “Evolution Education in the American South”

Amanda Glaze, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, co-edited a book titled “Evolution Education in the American South.” The book features the cultural issues of the American South that make its relationship to evolution education unique, and it highlights that the vast evolution research that is taking place in this region as well. The book centers its discussions in the state of Alabama, detailing its history of evolution education, state standards and additional improvements that are sought in the teaching of evolution in K-12 education.

Editors of the book include Dr. Christopher Lynn, Glaze, Dr. William Evans and Dr. Laura Reed.

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Hodges receives FRC grant funding for collaborative project with CEIT faculty

College of Education Associate Professor of Instructional Technology Charles Hodges, Ph.D., is participating in a cross-college collaborative research project that recently received nearly $10,000 in internal seed grant funding from Georgia Southern University’s Faculty Research Committee (FRC).

The University’s Faculty Research Committee provides internal funding to promote faculty research and scholarship projects that will lead to future external funding.

College of Engineering and Information Technology faculty Pradipta De, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer sciences (PI) and Aniruddha Mitra, Ph.D., professor of mechanical engineering (co-PI) paired with Hodges (co-PI) to examine the influence of student affect in the learning process.

The project, titled “Modeling Student Affect in the Classroom Teaching Environment,” proposes that learning complex ideas in science, math, engineering and technology requires cognitive skills but is also impacted by the emotional responses of learning. Students who show a positive affect, such as attentiveness or curiosity, have a higher possibility of learning a concept compared to students showing a negative affect, like frustration, boredom or confusion.

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College of Education awards 2017 seed grants

Five projects were awarded 2017 College of Education Seed Grants by the College’s Research Committee in March.

Faculty members receiving grants included: Richard Cleveland, Ph.D., Scott Beck, Ph.D., Alma Stevenson, Ph.D., Mete Akcaoglu, Ph.D., Antonio Gutierrez de Blume, Ph.D., Wendy Chambers, Ph.D., Sabrina Ross, Ph.D., and Chelda Smith, Ph.D.

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COE hosts annual research retreat

Retreat attendees enjoy the BYOD showcase demonstrating technology capabilities in COE room 3165 lab.

The College of Education’s Research Committee hosted its annual research retreat on April 21.

Faculty and staff from the College received information about large data sets from keynote speaker Jeremy Zelkowski, Ph.D., participated in a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) showcase and learned from faculty members in the College about unique technologies that can be used for research.

Zelkowski is an associate professor and program director of secondary mathematics education at the University of Alabama. Detailing how he utilized large data sets for his doctoral and current research, Zelkowski explained the benefits and considerations of utilizing this form of data.

For his research, Zelkowski was interested in the impact of students having taken a math course their senior year of high school when taking college mathematics courses.

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