Education faculty chosen to present at AERA Conference

Augusta, GA.—Several faculty members from the Augusta University College of Education have been accepted as presenters for the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) annual conference. The conference is a premier national research society that strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public.

Dr. Molly Quinn, interim chair of the Department of Advanced Studies and Innovation, Drs. Niki Christodoulou and Darla Linville, professors in the Department of Advanced Studies and Innovation, will present about their CSRA Education Oral History Research Project. They have interviewed around 25 current and former educators about the significant events in education in the CSRA, and their role in those events.  They have analyzed the conversations about educators roles in the desegregation of the schools in this area, and will present these findings in the session “Critical Examinations of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture Across Curricula.”

Dr. Kim Barker, professor in the Department of Teaching and Leading, will be presenting three papers at the AERA. Barker’s ongoing research into the development of teachers who are effective and committed to children who attend the nation’s most challenging schools aligns with the theme of the conference this year: The Dreams, Possibility, and Necessity of Public Education.

“The main theme of my three papers is to present the effects of good and structured support for teachers and students in high need urban schools,” Barker said.

Dr. Andrew Kemp, professor of Curriculum Studies and Social Justice, will also represent Augusta University as the new title as program chair for the Critical Issues in Curriculum and Cultural Studies Special Interest Group. This honor is a national leadership position.

The conference is one of the most important and prestigious conferences in the country for teachers to learn from new research and share ideas with one another.

“I like connecting with a national community of scholars who work on the same topics that I do, and to hear what developments and new ideas are circulating in the field.  Presenting at the conference is a chance to get substantive feedback on your work-in-progress and push your own thinking about the questions you are asking and the analysis of your findings” Linville said.

The conference will be held April 13-17 in New York City.

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