Program Research Areas

Agricultural Education

  1. Cultivating excellence in laboratory-based instruction for school-based agricultural education.
  2. Under-represented populations in agriculture and agricultural education.
  3. STEM integration through Food, Agriculture, and Nature Resources.
  4. Teacher education that uses integrated STEM curriculum and instruction.

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Art Education

  1. Assessment.
  2. Curriculum Development.
  3. Standards Development and Implementation.
  4. Leadership Development.
  5. Policy Studies.
  6. Professional Development for Art Educators.

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Career and Technical Education

  1. Special Needs Populations in Career, Technical, and Workforce Education.
  2. Generalizable Skills Instruction.
  3. Leadership Development in Career and Technical Education.

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Curriculum Studies

Curriculum Theory

  1. Theoretical tensions in Indigenous-centered curriculum.
  2. Asset-based pedagogies in teacher education.
  3. Non-human animals and curriculum.
  4. Informal sites of learning, including social media, popular culture, and political discourse.
Multicultural and Anti-racist Education
  1. The role of classroom counterspaces for minoritized graduate students.
  2. Preservice teachers’ understanding of social justice within study abroad programs.
  3. Systems of support for Latinx immigrant students in rural schools.
  4. Marginalizing and allying behaviors in first year classrooms.
Global/International Education
  1. Global social justice in education, an interdisciplinary research/learning collaboration with educators from China, Kenya, Nepal, Tanzania, USA and Zambia.
  2. Intercultural collaborative learning among university stakeholders.
Critical Pedagogies and Social Justice
  1. Community-based learning experiences for preservice teachers.
  2. Critical community engagement and social change.
  3. Settler colonial ideology in educational spaces.
  4. Theorizations of anti-blackness in education.
  5. Spirituality in education.
  6. Histories and futures of Black education.
  7. Critical public pedagogies and activisms.
  8. Social psychoanalysis.

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Engineering/Technology Education Program

  1. Pk-12 STEM education with a focus on Technology and Engineering Education.
  2. Design Thinking Education.
  3. Design Cognition.
  4. Assessment of Student Learning.
  5. STEM Career perceptions.
  6. STEM teacher development.
  7. Workforce education and development.

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English Education Program

  1. Approaching teaching, learning, and education policy from an intersectional perspective
  2. Considering issues of embodiment in teacher education
  3. Deconstructing traditional literacies
  4. Developing the writing competencies of diverse learners
  5. Engaging all stakeholders to increase secondary students’ literacy skills
  6. Integrating critical literacy skills into ELA curriculum
  7. Preparing educators to engage with young adult literature in ELA classrooms
  8. Supporting teachers’ critical engagement with the dis/misinformation landscape

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Family and Consumer Sciences Education

  1. Articulating the need for secondary and post-secondary FCS teacher educators.
  2. Addressing inclusion, access, equity, and diversity in Family & Consumer Sciences.
  3. Advancing the FCS critical science perspective.

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Learning Design and Technology

  1. Emerging technologies, specifically social media, to facilitate problem solving and problem-centered learning.
  2. Management and pedagogy within emerging learning spaces.
  3. Facilitating the transition of pre-service teachers into the education profession, including the preparation of teaching in blended and online settings.
  4. Motivational instructional design.
  5. Preparation of instructional designers.
  6. Technology for personalized learning.
  7. Attitudinal learning and mindset change for formal and informal educational settings.
  8. Critical systems thinking for educational change for personalized learning. 
  9. Game-based learning.
  10. Competency-based education.
  11. Computing education.
  12. Multimedia design for learning.
  13. Learning Analytics – Social Networking Analysis.
  14. Micro credentials and badges.
  15. Social aspects of online learning, including social presence and the Community of Inquiry (CoI).
  16. Program design, development, evaluation, and leadership.

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Literacy and Language Education

  1. Critical literacy pedagogy.
  2. Literacy teacher education.
  3. Multimodal & digital literacies.
  4. Diverse children’s and YA literature.
  5. Community-based literacy.
  6. Writing processes.
  7. Equity literacy.
  8. Qualitative literacy research methods.
  9. Spatial literacies.
  10. Policy studies.

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Science Education

  1. Science teachers’ and teacher educators’ engagement in action research.
  2. Young women’s participation in science, technology, and engineering and the role teachers play in supporting young women’s participation.
  3. Issues of gender, culture, and identity in science and engineering education.
  4. Integrated STEM education, pre-college engineering education, scientific reasoning, model-based inquiry approaches.

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