Our research seminar series has concluded for this year. Much thanks to all our participants and presenters. Please check back later for information on upcoming opportunities to learn about our research activities at the College of Education.
Oregon State University will lead a National Science Foundation-funded effort to discover Antarctica’s oldest ice and learn more about how the Earth’s climate has changed over the past several million years. Oregon State faculty affiliated with the project include Erin Pettit, an associate professor and glaciologist, and Christo Buizert, an assistant professor and climate change specialist, both in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, and Jana Bouwma-Gearhart, an associate professor of science education and associate dean in the College of Education. COLDEX will work with the American Meteorological Society’s Education Program to develop a summer professional development program on ice cores for K-12 teachers, especially those who work with students from underrepresented backgrounds.
Parents and educators might know the challenges of gaining and holding the interest of children with diagnosed impulsivity conditions (e.g. ADHD). An OSU College of Education researcher has published research in PLOS ONE that shows that impulsivity actually affects more students than just those officially diagnosed with it, and that impulsivity across secondary students is associated with lower interest and self-efficacy in STEM subjects. Dr. Jana Bouwma-Gearhart, working as part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers from OHSU and PSU, found that this effect can be counteracted with mindset interventions through which students learn the importance of effort when learning is difficult. Overall, the data suggests that impulsivity and mindset are interconnected in terms of influence on students’ STEM success.
Dr. Soria Colomer, Assistant Professor in Cultural & Linguistic Diversity in the College of Education, has a new article published in the Journal of Race Ethnicity and Education. This study analyzes the storytelling of six Latinx teachers to reveal the challenges and tensions that arise when Latinx teachers try to define their identity in social spaces. It also encourages the use of storytelling as a pedagogical tool to develop racial literacy skills.
Gloria Crisp's struggle to navigate through college lead her to develop a focus on mentoring for undergraduate college students. This focus lead to the development of the College Student Mentoring Scale, which is used at institutions worldwide to evaluate the effectiveness of mentoring programs. Using this scale, Gloria's research has shown the importance of mentoring on student success and that students need more than one mentor. “It’s a mentoring network, really, that students need,” she says. “It’s messy and complicated, but that’s why I like studying mentoring.”
Crafting a Modern CV for Today’s Employers
Tuesday, April 13th Noon – 1 PM PST
Today’s CV needs to be strategic, organized and impactful. It isn’t just a laundry list of accomplishments and there are different types of CV’s best suited to each employment situation. Whether you are master’s or PhD going into industry, academia, or government, this session will have something for you!
As part of the College of Education’s Social Justice Research Seminar series, Dr. Kathryn McIntosh presented her Social Justice and Mindfulness in Multicultural Education (SAMME) research-teaching project on Monday, March 1st.
Choi, Bouwma-Gearhart, and Ermis conducted a systematic literature of scholarship regarding the identity development of education sciences doctoral students. Identity development occurs at the intersection of student, faculty, program, disciplinary, institutional, and larger sociocultural contexts. The authors found that identity as scholar emerges as recognition by self and others of possessing and exhibiting adequate levels of competence, confidence, autonomy, and agency with respect to scholarly activities, products, and communities. Students often experience tensions on their journey towards becoming and being scholars, in contending with multiple identities (e.g., student, professional) and due to the perceived mismatch between students’ idealized notion of scholar and what is attainable for them. Tensions may serve as catalysts for development of identity as scholar for students, especially when student agency is supported via formal and less ubiquitous subsidiary doctoral program experiences, including students’ opportunities for reflection regarding their identity development and related tensions.
The College of Education in conjunction with the OSU Library is offering three doctoral research webinars. The seminars will be: Web of Science: Nuts, Bolts and Power Tools; Advanced Qualtrics; Publishing Tips - Where, When & How.
A new study authored by Dr. Nancy Staus examined youth STEM interest profiles and found that, contrary to prevailing beliefs, most youth remained at least somewhat interested in STEM during adolescence. Parental support and participation in out-of-school STEM activities were key.