What's New in the College of Education?
Valerie Flippin, a recent graduate of Austin Peay’s Reading Specialist Master’s program, invited Dr. Lauren Wells to read to her fourth-grade class at Moore Magnet Elementary School. Dr. Wells read One Thousand Tracings: Healing the Wounds of World War II. Students identified “showing kindness” as the theme. They then traced their own foot and listed steps they can take to show kindness to others.
Pre-residency and residency 1 students staffed booths at the Burt Elementary Math
and Literacy Family Night. Children and their families played games related to books
with a snow theme. There was also a book fair wherein Clifford the Dog, Katee Byrd,
greeted visitors (and lost a couple of pounds in this portable sweatsuit).
Did you know students in the College of Education can study abroad? Here are some of our students on a study abroad trip to England over the winter break where they completed their Children's Literature class (RDG 4050) with Dr. Tara Alvey. Dr. Alvey will be taking another group of students to England in December of 2019.
Undergraduate Scholarship in the College of Education
Ronnie Roberts, who goes by “Devin”, is a senior in the Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education, studying elementary education for grades K-5. During his undergraduate studies, Roberts has participated in several undergraduate research conferences and presented his research titled, “The Effect of Proficient Reader Strategies on Reading Comprehension in College Age Students”.
Roberts attended the MISA (Mid-Southern Interdisciplinary Sciences Association) conference in October 2017 and took first place for the presentation of his research. Previously Roberts presented his research at the APSU Research Symposium in April of 2017 and won best overall poster presentation. Roberts also attended the NCUR (National Counsel of Undergraduate Research) conference in Memphis placing in the top 10 percent of all abstracts submitted, with approximately 4,000 submissions. Additionally Roberts attended the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators (SRATE) in Arkansas, and Poster on the Hill event at the Capitol building in Nashville.
Roberts experience with research has been a positive one. “When you hear the word “research” you think it is complicated and daunting, but after experiencing the research and presentation process, it is something I have become passionate about. The support from the faculty in the College of Education, and the Office of undergraduate research, changed the trajectory of my educational path. I now want to continue my education by obtaining advanced degrees. Research can be life changing, and I want to encourage others to take advantage of the opportunity”, said Roberts.
Dr. Lauren Wells and Dr. John McConnell, in the College of Education, were instrumental in guiding Roberts with his research, and Dr. Erin Lynch, Office of Undergraduate Research assisted Roberts in locating conferences where his research could be presented. Roberts additionally said, “I wouldn’t have had this experience if it weren’t for the incredible measures my faculty mentor, Dr. Lauren Wells, accomplished on my behalf. Dr. Wells is there every step of the way with me”.
Dr. Erin Lynch-Alexander, a faculty member in the Department of Educational Specialties, spoke about ways to increase and support diversity among faculty during a workshop at the University of Missouri.