Graduate Student's Research to be Published
The research paper completed by a graduate student in special (adapted) physical education, Andrew M. Colombo-Dougovito, was accepted to be published in the 2013 issue of Volume 70(3) in a nationwide recognized peer-reviewed journal, The Physical Educator. This research paper is titled Comparison of Physical Fitness Performance between Elementary-Age Students with and without Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Andrew completed this research paper while he took the course HPHE 7100 - Independent Study under the direction of Dr. Jiabei Zhang, a professor in special (adapted) physical education, in the summer of 2011.
Posted October 29
Spybrook awarded $27,000 contract
Jessaca Spybrook, assistant professor in evaluation, measurement and research, was recently awarded a $27,000 contract from the University of Chicago. The contract is part of a grant from the William T. Grant Foundation. The purpose of the project is to improve studies of the impact of group level interventions on program quality and youth outcomes. Professor Spybrook's primary role is the development and support of the Optimal Design Software, a program for calculating statistical power for single level and multilevel studies.
Posted October 23
Manley Conducting Research
Adam Manley, assistant professor of career and technical education had a research paper accepted by Youth Education and Employment in Russia and Abroad, a new journal that deals with emerging issues in CTE in Russia, where they are undergoing a major evolution in CTE; the research involves understanding how to teach career and employability skills to youth.
In addition, Manley also recently signed a data sharing agreement with the Illinois Education Research Council (IERC) housed at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville. This involves helping analyze data related to the out-migration of high school graduates. Illinois ranks second regarding the number of high school graduates that leave the state to go to college elsewhere. They are trying to determine why this is occurring. Manley and colleagues have already submitted a research paper to AERA that analyzes some peripheral data.
Posted October 23
Counseling Psychology in Aging and Mental Health
Dr. Jody Tomko and Dr. Patrick Munley, Professor and Chair of the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, have published a research paper in Aging & Mental Health. The article is on predicting counseling psychologists attitudes and clinical judgments with respect to older adults. Dr. Tomko is a graduate of the counseling psychology doctoral program and the research is based on her dissertation under the supervision of Dr. Munley. Currently Dr. Tomko is employed as a psychologist with the VA Pittsburg Health Care System.
Posted October 22
University/District Partnership to Investigate Use of Virtual Reality to Help Teachers Improve Student Achievement
Western Michigan University in partnership with Constantine Public Schools, Lawton Public Schools, Mattawan Public Schools, Otsego Public Schools, Parchment Public Schools, Paw Paw Public Schools, and Vicksburg Public Schools have been awarded a grant from the Competition for Innovative National Study on Teacher Practice. Special education's Dr. Elizabeth Whitten will investigate the use of virtual reality to change teacher practice and student achievement. Ten sites across the country will participate in a national research project led by the University of Central Florida using TeachLivETM, a computer simulated classroom based in mixed-reality technology to develop teacher practice. Western Michigan University was chosen because of their innovative use of classroom simulation for teacher development. Their work is at the cutting edge of teacher education. At Western Michigan University the use of the TeachLivE™ simulator, helps practicing teachers retool their skills. The simulator is a mixed-reality teaching environment that supports teacher practice in pedagogy and content. In the TeachLivE™ Lab, pre-service and in-service teachers walk into a simulated middle-school classroom where the room is real but the students are digital avatars, allowing teachers to practice their skills on virtual children instead of actual students. The focus of the research study is on practicing teachers and their personalized professional development and how the virtual environment could be used to change teacher behaviors to positively impact student learning.
Posted October 22
Professor published in The Family Journal
Dr. Carla Adkison-Bradley, Professor in the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, had a paper published in the October 2012 issue of The Family Journal on Postadoption Services Utilization Among African American, Transracial, and White American Parents: Counseling and Legal Implications. The study explored the extent of the use of nonfinancial support services (e.g., participation in support groups or individual/family counseling) by African American, transracial, and White American adoptive families. Implications for family counselors are discussed.
Posted October 22
Jessaca Spybrook, Assistant Professor in Evaluation, Measurement, and Research, was recently awarded a $25,000 Officer's Discretionary Grant from the WT Grant Foundation. The purpose of the funded project is to track research evidence from the completed randomized trials launched by the Institute of Education Sciences. The results from the study will help further our understanding of how research evidence from experimental studies is disseminated.
Posted January 6
Dr. Luchara Wallace, Assistant Professor in Special Education and Literacy Studies has a new article in press in the Journal of Disability Policy Studies.
Gross, J. S., Wallace, L. S., Blue-Banning, M., Summers, J. A., & Turnbull, A. P. (In Press). Examining the Experiences and Decisions of Parents/Guardians Participant Directing the Supports and Services of
Adults with Significant Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (SIDD). Journal of Disability Policy Studies.
Posted January 5
Drs. Walter L. Burt and Dennis McCrumb from the department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology had an article published titled; Tenure of African American Superintendents in Michigan School Districts: A Forty-Year Recapitulation of the Michigan Experience. The article appeared in the Summer Issue of the Journal of the Alliance of Black School Educators (JABSE). Posted January 4