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Research Focus Areas

Research Focus Areas:

Culture and Development

Faculty in the Culture and Development area take multidisciplinary research perspectives that bring anthropological, linguistic, psychological, and sociological theories to studies of children, youth and adults in cultural contexts of education and other lifeworld activities. Areas of specific focus include studies of lifelong learning and development as well as the socialization of children, youth, and adults from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds in a variety of national and international settings. Faculty with a developmental focus specifically conduct research on the cultural contexts of development throughout the lifespan (from early childhood to adulthood), cross-cultural and cross-national comparative studies, and gender studies.

Please view the webpages of faculty to learn more about the research being conducted in this area.

Faculty

Mary Betsy Brenner
Sharon Conley
Jenny Cook-Gumperz  - Not Accepting New Students
Richard Duran
Hsiu-Zu Ho
Cynthia Hudley
Amy Kyratzis
Jin Sook Lee
Rebeca Mireles-Rios
Yukari Okamoto
Jason Raley
Sarah Roberts
Laura Romo

Language and Literacy

Faculty in this area do research in a variety of sub-fields dealing with language (e.g., first and second language learning, sociolinguistics) and literacy studies. The language sub-fields include bilingualism/multilingualism of ESL/ELL and heritage learners, language socialization, sociolinguistics of education, language and identity, and the use of technology in language teaching and learning in the schools. The literacy sub-fields encompass issues in composition and rhetoric, including history and theory of composition and writing instruction, writing in the disciplines and writing across the curriculum, assessment of writing, sociolinguistics of literacy, including classroom discourse and the construction of knowledge, and the impact of digital technologies on writing and communication.

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Faculty

Diana Arya
Chuck Bazerman  - Not Accepting New Students
Dorothy Chun
Jenny Cook-Gumperz  - Not Accepting New Students
Richard Duran
Judith Green
Amy Kyratzis
Jin Sook Lee
Jason Raley

Affiliates

Linda Adler-Kasner, Writing Program
Karen Lunsford, Writing Program

Learning, Culture, and Technology Studies

Faculty in this area do research to enhance the knowledge and capacity for learning of students, educators, researchers, and community members in 21st century technology-enabled environments in P-20 school and non-school contexts. This research area brings together those interested in developing and supporting innovative directions for technology-enabled learning. The relevant research perspectives are multidisciplinary and span across traditional disciplines such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, and communication related disciplines. Research addresses state-of-the-art applied problems that are created, impacted, and informed by emerging information technologies, educational policies and technology networks and systems.

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Faculty

Diana Arya
Chuck Bazerman  - Not Accepting New Students
Dorothy Chun
Richard Duran
Judith Green
Danielle Harlow
Mian Wang

Affiliates

Karen Lunsford, Writing Program
Kim DeBacco, Instructional Development

Policy, Leadership, and Research Methods

Faculty in this area pursue programs of research that focus on the exploration of both substantive and methodological questions. Substantively, faculty examine the ways in which the broader contexts of education can be affected by the policies and practices of educational organizations and their leaders-and in turn-how those policies and practices can affect the lives of people both inside and outside educational settings. Methodologically, faculty research the application of diverse quantitative and qualitative approaches to the analysis of educational data, the development and assessment of new analytic approaches, and the evaluation of effective policies and practices. Students who work within this area will gain a multidisciplinary perspective on policy and practice that focus directly on issues of diversity and equity, and will receive comprehensive and rigorous training in the design and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data.

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Faculty

Sharon Conley
Richard Duran
Mike Gerber
Michael Gottfried
Hsiu-Zu Ho
George Marcoulides
Andrew Maul
Karen Nylund-Gibson
Russ Rumberger  -  Not Accepting New Students
John Yun

Science and Mathematics Education

Science and Mathematics Education: Faculty in the Science and Mathematics Education area examine mathematics and science teaching and learning in both formal and informal contexts, ranging from preschool through college. Faculty research interests include diversity and equity in mathematics and science education, the development of quantitative and spatial reasoning, cross-national comparisons of academic achievement, the professional development of teachers, culturally relevant pedagogy & curriculum, model-based instruction, argumentation, engineering design thinking, and the relation between motivation and achievement.

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Faculty

Diana Arya
Julie Bianchini
Mary Betsy Brenner
Danielle Harlow
Hsiu-Zu Ho
Sue Johnson
Chris Ograin
Yukari Okamoto
Sarah Roberts

Special Education, Disability, and Risk Studies

The key research foci of the SPEDR faculty include: Autism (development of pivotal response treatment delivery systems through families, schools, and non-disabled peers that can support children with autism in home and educational settings); Learning (including reading) disabilities; Developmental risks; Instruction and behavioral supports for students with mild, moderate, and severe disabilities; Family support for families of children with disabilities (development of theoretical models of family adaptation and resilience, family and professional partnership, and cultural diversity and family support); Teacher education and professional development; and Cross-cultural comparative study on inclusive education (policy, research to practice, and teacher education reform).

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Faculty

Michael Gerber
Robert Koegel
George Singer
Mian Wang

Affiliates

Amber Moran
Lynn Koegel
Andrew Fedders
Ty Vernon

Teacher Education and Professional Development

Faculty in the Teacher Education and Professional Development research focus area examine the development of, influences on, and consequences of teaching practices in and out of school. Research interests include: preservice teacher education; the professional development of practicing teachers; the problem of stability in teaching practice; the development of subject matter and pedagogical knowledge; curriculum formation and implementation; teacher thinking, problem-finding, and decision-making; educational relations among teachers, students, and their communities; and the relationship between what teachers do and what students learn, including but not limited to conventional measures of student achievement.

Please view the webpages of faculty and affiliates to learn more about the research being conducted in this area.

Faculty

Diana Arya
Chuck Bazerman  - Not Accepting New Students
Julie Bianchini
Danielle Harlow
Sue Johnson
Chris Ograin
Jason Raley
Sarah Roberts
Tine Sloan

Affiliates

Karen Lunsford