Highlighting the work our faculty do through research
Take a look at the research projects faculty in the Department of Learning Sciences have been working on. For more information about research opportunities for doctoral students view Ph.D. Opportunities in Learning Sciences.
New Grant Awarded
Congratulations to David E. Houchins and his research team on their new IES funded grant. The grant will allow them to test the efficacy of a blended learning program for improving the literacy skills of struggling adolescent readers in juvenile justice schools. Learn more about his project »
Scott elected Secretary for AERA Special Interest Group
Jessica Scott, Ph.D. was elected Secretary of the Research on the Education of Deaf Persons special interest group of the prestigious American Educational Research Association (AERA) in July 2019. This organization is at the forefront of educational research. Dr. Scott will serve a three-year term in this position.
The SMART System
Min Kyu Kim, assistant professor in Learning Sciences had a recent publication in Technology, Knowledge and Learning. He writes “This is the recently accepted manuscript entitled ‘Advance in Detecting Key Concepts as an Expert Model: Using Student Mental Model Analyzer for Research and Teaching (SMART).’ This is the first outcome of a series of studies building on the SMART system. In particular, a group of doctoral students has participated in the research as co-authors. The SMART system is expected to serve for the doctoral students’ dissertation work.”
Janet Burns, clinical professor in Learning Sciences, has been appointed to the National Post Secondary Leadership Advisory Committee. You can view a short video of her at the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) below and her bio on the advisory committee on their webpage.
She writes “As you scroll through [the links] you will be able to read about the National Leadership Development program for which I serve on the Advisory Committee. We actually have a conference call on August 16. We are in the first year of this program.”
The ACTE is the nation’s largest not-forprofit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. The organization represents educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. Part of the project, funded by a more than $1 million grant, will provide professional and career growth opportunities to the next generation of leaders at nonprofits and postsecondary institutions offering career and technical (CTE) programs.