February 24, 2024

John Broome Co-Authors Op-Ed on Virginia Social Studies

John Broome, associate professor in the UMW College of Education, was among 17 Virginia professors  who contributed to Testing Times: Teaching history, social science creates informed citizenry an op-ed featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Gardner Presents at Conferences

Roberta Gardner, assistant professor in the College of Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction, presented a paper, “Moving from Essence to Tentative Manifestations in Post-Intentional Phenomenology,” at the International Congress of Qualitative Research held at the University of Illinois May 21-24.

Gardner also presented research at the International Reading Association Conference May 11 in New Orleans, La. Her research presentation at IRA highlighted the socio-cultural dimensions of race, place, class, and gender as lived experience variables that inform and animate the literate lives of children. Gardner’s literacy research employing lived experience methodology is highlighted in the recently released book Crafting Phenomenological Research (Vagle, 2014).


COE Faculty Present at AERA Conference

Janine Davis, Courtney Clayton, and John Broome, all assistant professors in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, presented their research at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association on “The Power of Educational Research for Innovation in Practice and Policy” in Philadelphia on April 6, 2014.  Their study investigates the ways that action research impacts professional identity among preservice teachers.

AERA is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. AERA is the most prominent international professional organization for educational researchers, with the primary goal of advancing educational research and its practical application. Its more than 25,000 members are educators; administrators; directors of research; persons working with testing or evaluation in federal, state and local agencies; counselors; evaluators; graduate students; and behavioral scientists.

Suzanne Houff Publishes Book

Suzanne G. Houff, College of Education department of curriculum and cnstruction professor and chair, recently authored Managing the Classroom Environment: Meeting the Needs of the Student. Published by Rowman & Littlefield Education, the book offers educators practical strategies for managing the classroom. Using William Glasser’s ideas as a foundation, the text covers the five basic needs and their relation to classroom management. Additional management theories and concepts are explored alongside developmental recommendations to offer an overarching classroom plan that focuses on meeting student needs and moving away from reward- and punishment-based systems.

COE Faculty Member to Present at VERA Conference

Janine S. Davis, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, will co-present at the Virginia Educational Research Association conference in Charlottesville, Va. on Friday, September 20 with two recent graduates of the five-year secondary/PK-12 M.Ed. program.  The research studies are entitled “Navigating Learning with Digital Natives,” with Dana Cazan, and “Drama and Adolescent Social-Emotional Development,” with Charlotte Maalouf.