by Claire Miller
Leading educational scientists throughout the U.S. will share their research and insights as part of the College of Education’s annual Research Wednesdays Speaker Series, which begins Sept. 14.
The series is designed to fulfill three goals: to provide a platform for explorations of new ways of conducting and disseminating educational research, to discuss new methods of mentoring doctoral students in an effort to enhance their development as researchers, and to fill a professional development need by providing access to cutting edge researchers at the state and national levels.
“This premier speaker series continues to ensure that our GSU faculty and students and all in the Atlanta community are fully informed about cutting-edge research and practice in education and related fields,” said COE Dean Randy Kamphaus. “Equally important, Research Wednesdays allows faculty and students to actively participate in national and international debates about educational issues.”
This fall’s speakers, who come from a variety of universities and educational organizations, will discuss topics such as urban education, improving teaching quality, test session behavior and federal activities regarding educational research, among others.
The speaker series was developed in direct response to the recommendation of the research committee of the COE’s 2008 Strategic Planning Committee. The committee recommended that a research and scholarship colloquium be established where faculty and students share their work with colleagues and the community-at-large. The Research Wednesdays Speaker Series was then collaboratively organized by Drs. Susan Ogletree, director of the COE Educational Research Bureau, and Sheryl Gowen, chair of the Department of Educational Policy Studies, with input from Kamphaus and chairs of COE departments.
Research Wednesdays is held Wednesdays at 12 noon in the COE Forum, Room 1030. A list of upcoming speakers is available at http://education.gsu.edu/main/coe_events.htm. Speaker presentations are also available for download at iTunes U.
A light lunch will be provided for those who confirm their attendance to Erin Whitney in the COE’s Educational Research Bureau at (404) 413-8090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.