Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Meet October’s Featured Scholar: Elyse Hambacher

Elyse is a doctoral student in the University of Florida’s School of Teaching and Learning. She is studying curriculum and teaching with a concentration in teacher education. Her research focuses on teaching and learning in high-poverty schools. She is interested in teacher learning across the professional lifespan and teaching for social justice. Elyse utilizes an array of qualitative research methodology to understand the depth of teaching and learning, particularly in urban contexts.

Elyse is an active member of AERA division C and has served as a campus liaison for two years. She reports that one of the best parts of being a part of AERA is the opportunities to get to know people and share opportunities. Elyse had the opportunity to present two papers, and attended the Asa G. Hilliard and Barbara A. Sizemore African American Research Course during the 2011 conference. This was also Elyse’s first time in New Orleans. While Elyse reports that the large conference felt a bit overwhelming, she found that carefully choosing a few sessions a day worked best for her instead of trying to experience everything all at once. She was also able to explore the many AERA opportunities, learn from the research of others, enjoy the city of New Orleans, and network with scholars in the field. Elyse also presented at the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) and Florida Association of Teacher Educators (FATE).

Elyse recommends Amos Hatch’s Doing Qualitative Research in Education Settings. She found the book helpful for methodological guidance. Nel Noddings’ book, Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education and the Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed have also influenced her research and always provide new insight after each read.

When taking a break from studying, you can find Elyse getting a good work out—usually at a spin or hot yoga class. She loves to travel, enjoys anything outdoors, and is diligently working to improve her Chinese- though this is endeavor is proving to be much harder than she anticipated.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

CCM and Opportunities to Connect

I trust your fall semester is off to a fabulous start! As your Division Representative, I'm writing to share with you an event I'll be attending in Washington DC from October 27-29: the Coordinated Council Meeting. It provides a forum where several AERA committees can brainstorm and collaborate on issues that are important to the Association and education research. As an advocate of graduate student interests, I'm looking forward to the opportunity to address issues and concerns that are of significance to our members and graduate students in general.

Please feel free to comment here or contact me if you have any ideas or thoughts to facilitate graduate student development in AERA. We can also be connected via email, LinkedIn and our FaceBook page. Follow us and we'll follow you back. I'll be posting updates on Division C via LinkedIn and our blog.

Yin Wah Kreher, Senior Rep:

Angela Shelton, Junior Rep:

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

2012 Fireside Chat Speaker

It gives us great pleasure to announce that our distinguished Fireside Chat Speaker for the 2012 Annual Meeting at Vancouver, British Columbia is ... *drum rolls*:

Dr. Richard E. Clark

We are very honored and thrilled that Dr. Clark has accepted our invitation! For those who may not know him yet, Dr. Clark has served as Professor of Educational Psychology and Technology and as Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Technology in the Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California, since 1978. His current research interests include the design and evaluation of instruction on highly complex tasks, cognitive load theory for multimedia and simulation training, the development of the Guided Experiential Learning training design systems for pedagogical applications and the use of Cognitive Task Analysis to capture and teach the complex knowledge used by advanced experts in all fields. .... Read more.

Dr. Clark's Fireside Chat session is entitled, "Turning Research into Results: Handling the Complexity of Learning". The following is the program abstract:

Dr. Richard Clark will share ways to overcome some of the challenges researchers face when they
attempt to create a bridge between educational research and practice. In the spirit of the annual meeting theme, he will suggest that all educational researchers should not only produce studies but also attempt to translate and apply their research to make a positive difference in educational settings. Additionally, he will briefly describe his own effort to solve two problems that reflect the transition from research to practice: first, the impact of technology on instruction and learning, and second, the impact of various instructional methods on the design of instruction that facilitates the learning and transfer of complex
knowledge as people develop advanced expertise.

The Fireside Chat speaker does not present a paper, but instead speaks on a theme across a body of work and ideas, and along the way discusses how he/she developed as a scholar. There will be time for “Q & A” and interactive dialogue between the speaker and the audience. Recent prior speakers have included Albert Bandura, Paul Cobb, Howard Gardner, Dale Schunk and Richard Mayer.

We are looking forward to our conversations with Dr. Clark eagerly. If you have any questions that you would like to raise, please feel free to post them here as comments. Let's get the dialogue going!