Faculty research interests and expertise span many domains related to education. Below is a list of current areas of faculty scholarly interest and expertise.
Academic and Behavioral Interventions | Arts Education | Bilingual/Multilingual Research | Early Childhood Learning and Development | Informal Education | STEAM | International-Global Education | Learning Sciences | Legal and Policy Issues in Education | Mixed Methods and Design-Based Research | Motivation and Learning | Professional Development and Educational Quality | Qualitative Research Methodologies | Research, Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics | Social, Historical, Philosophical Foundations of Education | Social Justice and Educational Equity | Sustainability Education
Academic and Behavioral Interventions for Diverse Learners
Research and scholarship focuses on instructional and behavioral interventions to address academic and behavioral learning needs of diverse students including those with disabilities and at risk of academic problems.
Jennie Farmer | Susan Fullerton | Joseph B. Ryan | Pamela Stecker
Research explores social history, culture, ideology, cognition, pedagogy and curricula involving the arts (dance, drama, music, visual arts and design) in education using inter/trans-disciplinary perspectives.
Alison Leonard | Sandra Linder
Research foci include: emergent bilingualism, first and second language development and learning in and out-of-school, as well as language ideologies and policies as they interact with schooling for linguistically diverse students.
Mikel Cole | Susan Fullerton
Early Childhood Learning and Development
Research encompasses learning and developmental processes from birth to age 8.
C.C. Bates | Susan Fullerton | Anna Hall | Sandra Linder | Jonda McNair | Dolores Stegelin
Research includes examination of the effectiveness of informal (after-school, summer, recreational) programs on student learning and development.
Cassie Quigley | Mindy Spearman
Integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM)
Research examines the possibilities related to meaningfully integrating the STEM disciplines.
Nicole Bannister | Matthew Boyer | S. Megan Che | Michelle Cook | Cynthia Deaton | Danielle Herro | Alison Leonard | Sandra Linder | Jeff C. Marshall | Cassie Quigley | Andrew Tyminski
Research expertise in this area includes international teaching, study abroad, international education and postcolonial studies.
S. Megan Che | Cassie Quigley | Mindy Spearman | Dolores Stegelin
Research examines the many ways technology impacts the learning process.
C.C. Bates | Matthew Boyer | Michelle Cook | Cynthia Deaton | Danielle Herro | Alison Leonard | David Reinking | Deborah Switzer
Legal and Policy Issues in Education
Research focuses on special education legal and policy issues, juvenile delinquency, desegregation and religion.
David Barrett | Mikel Cole | Antonis Katsiyannis | Suzanne Rosenblith | Joseph B. Ryan
Mixed Methods and Design-Based Research
Mixed methods research is the complementary use of quantitative and qualitative research methods in the collection and analysis of data, integration of findings and conclusions drawn from findings, while a design-based research is pragmatic and goal-oriented.
Matthew Boyer | Michelle Cook | Jennie Farmer | David Reinking
Motivation and Learning
Research examines both student and teacher motivation and cognition related to the learning process.
Nicole Bannister | Michelle Cook | Susan Fullerton | Linda Gambrell | Alison Leonard | Sandra Linder | Jeff C. Marshall | Deborah Switzer
Professional Development and Educational Quality
Research examines the various interventions and programs that better prepare in-service and pre-service educators.
Nicole Bannister | David Barrett | C.C. Bates | Matthew Boyer | S. Megan Che | Michelle Cook | Cynthia Deaton | Sandra Linder | Jeff C. Marshall | Lienne Medford | Debbie Smith | Pamela Stecker | Andrew Tyminski
Qualitative Research Methodologies
Research that examines the teaching and learning processes using such traditions as ethnography, case study, phenomenology, grounded theory, historical and narrative research, as well as emerging methodologies such as photo voice, self-study, portraiture and arts-based research.
Nicole Bannister | Matthew Boyer | S. Megan Che | Cynthia Deaton | Sandra Linder | Cassie Quigley
Research, Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics
Studies in education employing hierarchical linear modeling, advanced regression analyses, regression discontinuity design, structural equation modeling.
Dave Barrett | Jennie Farmer | Antonis Katsiyannis
Social, Historical, Philosophical Foundations of Education
Research examines major issues in the foundations of education including segregation, religion, gender and democracy through several disciplinary lenses.
Beatrice Bailey | Suzanne Rosenblith | Mindy Spearman
Social Justice and Educational Equity
Research examines multiple factors and issues related to educational access, individual agency, collective identity and barriers to quality education.
Nicole Bannister | S. Megan Che | Mikel Cole | Alison Leonard | Cassie Quigley | Mindy Spearman
Sustainability education is a 21st century reincarnation of the environmental education field with attention to sociocultural and economic factors affecting the environment. Education for sustainability seeks to educate students about creating a future where relationships between the environment, economic systems and human culture remain healthy.
Michelle Cook | Cynthia Deaton | Cassie Quigley | Mindy Spearman