Amanda Glaze, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Middle Grades and Secondary Education, served as the evolution education expert at the recent Human Evolution Summer Teacher Workshop in July. Hosted by the Human Evolution Teaching Materials Project (HETMP), the three-day workshop provided resources for middle and and high school educators to facilitate the inclusion of human evolution into existing science curricula. The project, funded by the Society for the Study of Evolution, was designed to help teachers generate 3-D models of hominin fossil crania and provide accompanying lesson plants, increasing access to hands-on learning materials.
The workshop was hosted at the University of Florida, July 15-17.
Elizabeth Barrow, Ed.D., assistant professor in the Department of Middle Grades and Secondary Education, published an article in The Social Studies online journal. “A History Teacher in South Korea: Teaching Elections as an Outsider,” was written by Barrow and Evelyn Alex Ford and provides a detailed recount of a social studies educator’s experiences teaching about controversial topics to middle school Korean students. As a cultural outsider, the educator faced challenges similar to those faced in the United States but the outcomes were very different. Barrow and Ford suggest instruction that may offer solutions to social studies teachers in the United States.
Peggy Shannon-Baker, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum, Foundations and Reading, presented at the 2019 Annual Conference of the Critical Race Studies in Education Association held in May at the University of Southern California.
Shannon-Baker’s presented was based on a paper titled “[Y]Our safety is colonizing: Using critical race hermeneutics to interrogate “safe zone” discourse.” In the paper, Shannon-Baker describes how educational institutions need to not focus on creating “safe spaces” but rather focus on creating inclusive spaces for racial, gender, sexual, and other minority students.
Amanda Glaze, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Middle Grades and Secondary Education, will be inducted into Sigma Xi, an international scientific honor society with members from various disciplines of sciences and technology in colleges and universities, government laboratories and industry research centers around the world. According to Sigma Xi’s website, more than 200 Nobel Prize winners have been members.
Glaze was nominated for full membership to the honor society for her work in evolution education and contributions to science research groups for women and other underrepresented persons in science.
Charles Hodges, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Leadership, Technology and Human Development, co-authored a paper that was presented at the Annual ACM Southeast Conference held in Kennesaw, Georgia in April. The paper, titled “Modeling Students’ Attention in the Classroom using Eyetrackers,” details research that several Georgia Southern University faculty members conducted on the learning process of students considering specifically the attentiveness of students through eye-gazing. Utilizing eye tracking software, the researchers determined were able to predict a student’s attention as a measure of affect over the course of a class. Authors included Hodges, Narayanan Veliyath (a graduate student in Computer Science), Dr. Pradipta De (Assistant Professor of Computer Science), Dr. Andrew Allen (Assistant Professor of Computer Science), and Dr. Anniruddha Mitra (Professor of Mechanical Engineer). Read the full article here: https://doi.org/10.1145/3299815.3314424.