Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education
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Current Assignment in the College of Education and Human Sciences:
Teaching: Teac 311; Teac 313, Teac 811B, Teac 951A, Teac/Sped 886 886A, TEAC 890P CREATE
Associate Professor of Literacy, Elementary Education
Coordinator- Elementary Education
Director- Kit and Dick Schmoker Reading Center
My work focuses on translational research and teaching in literacy education. Translational research seeks to connect theory and experiments with classroom applications in rigorous and transparent ways, exploring the causal chain in applied settings.
Translational research, as I see it, is not a simple application of basic research to the field, instead it is a reciprocal relationship in which theory informs application, application informs theory and, at times, the interaction leads to something entirely different. As a result, I am interested in the problems of scaling up research results, research in naturalistic environment with a design experiment approach, and a focus on research and evaluation methods that attempt to unravel the complexity of translational research- measuring complex context specific intra- and inter-personal processes in meaningful and replicable ways.
I am a co-founder and a co-director of Kit and Dick Schmoker Reading Center. The center provides tools and guidance leading to critical literacy in the local community, the state, and the Great Plains Region. To reach this goal I with my colleagues use an inclusive model that encompasses school age students, families, and teachers. The Institute is a dedicated center that combines research, teaching, and service. At the heart of the institute is the UNL Reading Center, a site used for training pre and in-service teachers, as well as assisting struggling readers, and conducting pilot research.