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K-State Today

April 13, 2012



College of Education has strong presence at national educational research conference

By Patrice Scott

Three tenured faculty are among the presenters from the College of Education who will present at the American Educational Research Association’s annual conference starting today in Vancouver, British Columbia. It is also where another faculty member will accept a national award.

Charles Rankin, professor of educational leadership, will serve as both facilitator and presenter at the conference’s 16th annual Continuation of Conversations with Senior Scholars on Advancing Research and Professional Development Related to Black Education. Rankin’s address is titled "Strategic Means for Developing Meaningful University-Public School Partnerships.” Along with Rankin, some of the most influential national experts in multicultural education will be also be presenting, including Arnetha F. Ball, the association's president, and William F. Tate, the association's past president.

Jeong-Hee Kim and Kimberly Staples, associate professors of curriculum and instruction, will present on their areas of expertise. Kim’s two presentations are "You Were Just the Sunshine in My Life: A Veteran Teacher as a Beacon of Hope for Improving Education in the Era of Standardization” and “Teacher Action Research as Bildung: An Application of Gadamer's Philosophical Hermeneutics to Teacher Professional Development.” Staples presentation is “Paraeducators Transition From Silent Partners to Collaborators with Science Teachers in an Urban School District.”

Melissa Holmes, instructor with the Collaborative Intercultural and Multilingual Advocacy Center, is presenting “Applying Culturally Responsive Pedagogy to Higher Education: Exploration of Afghan Student and Midwestern Faculty Perspectives.”

Graduate students Teresa Woods and Jo Foy will also present. Woods’ presentation is “Partnering Scientists and K-12 Educators: Developing Pedagogical Content Knowledge in Context.” Foy’s presentation is titled "Experiences of Lesbians in the Midwest: Coming Out in High School.”

In addition to the presentations, Amanda Morales, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, will accept the American Educational Research Association's Division K Outstanding Dissertation Award.