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K-State Today

May 17, 2013



College of Education has strong presence at national AERA conference

By Patrice Scott

Debbie Mercer, dean of the College of Education, along with 18 faculty and graduate students attended the annual American Educational Research Association's, or AERA, annual conference in San Francisco April 27-May 1. Half of those in attendance presented.

"AERA is the premiere educational research organization in the world," Mercer said. "The college was well represented as top faculty and students shared their research and engaged in professional dialogue."

The following attendees were presenters or co-presenters:

Albert Bimper, assistant professor of special education, counseling and student affairs, or SECSA, presented "Exposing the Intercollegiate Athletic Minstrel Show: Exploring the Development of Division 1-FBS Black Student Athletes."

Christy Craft, associate professor of SECSA, presented "Christianity and Academic Motherhood: In Pursuit of Personal Wellness."

Amanda Morales, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, and Gail Shroyer, professor and curriculum and instruction department chair, presented "Utilizing funds of Knowledge: Latina, ELL Preservice Teachers for Racial Uplift."

Jeong-Hee Kim, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, Sherri Martinie, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, and graduate student Deborah Abernathy presented "Better to be a Pessimist: A Narrative Inquiry into Math Teachers' Experience of the Transition to the Common Core."

Martinie also presented "Decimal fractions: An Important Point."

Charles Rankin, professor of educational leadership, presented "Strategic Means for Developing Meaningful University-Public School Partnerships."

Jackie Spears, professor of curriculum and instruction and interim associate dean at K-State Olathe, was a co-author of two academic papers presented at the conference. They were titled "Does it Mediate Racial Differences in Community College Remedial Math Placement and Success?" and "Early Identification of Students At Risk for Community College Development Math Placement."

Jeffrey Zacharakis, professor educational leadership, presented "Using High-Quality Data Sets to Better Understand Adult Literacy Student Pathways to Postsecondary Education."