Teachers College Research at AERA

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Citations American Educational Research Association 2008 Annual Meeting

Teachers College at AERA: Presentations Range from Urban Science Education to Community Colleges

Henry Levin to give Distinguished Lecture; Susan Fuhrman, Amy Wells, Edmund Gordon and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn in Presidential Sessions

Janet Miller receives lifetime achievement award; Edmund Gordon hosts "A Scholar's Evening in Harlem" at Schomburg Center

Newswise — Presentations at by Teachers College, Columbia University faculty at this year's American Educational Research Association, held this week in New York City, will address a range of topics, including economic investment in education, urban science education, community colleges, the use of technology in education, student attitudes towards physical education. The following are some of the highlights of the Teachers College presentations, broken out by topic or event category, with specific presenters, dates, times and locations included:

"¢This year's AERA Distinguished Lecture, "The Economic Payoff to Educational Justice," delivered by Henry M. Levin. Levin, most recently the co-author with Clive Belfield of The Price We Pay, Economic and Social Consequences of Inadequate Education, has broken new ground in quantifying the dollar returns to taxpayers on upfront educational investment. He will discuss the evolution of this work, from a report he delivered in 1972 to a Senate subcommittee chaired by Walter Mondale to his most recent research, which has estimated precise savings per each additional high school graduate created by using proven methods of boosting the high school graduation rate. 3/26, 10:35-12:05 Hilton New York, Grand Ballroom, Grand Ballroom West, 3rd floor

"¢This year's Division B Lifetime Achievement Award. One of the two awardees is Janet Miller, Professor of English Education and Program Coordinator, English Education/The Teaching of English. Miller is a leader in the re-conceptualist curriculum movement and the author of Creating Spaces and Finding Voices: Teachers Collaborating for Empowerment (SUNY Press); Sounds of Silence Breaking: Women, Autobiography, Curriculum (Peter Lang); and A Light in Dark Times: Maxine Greene and the Unfinished Conversation (Teachers College Press). 3/26, 6:15-7:45 pm, Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, Lenox Ballroom, 2nd floor

"¢Invited Presidential Sessions
"Making a Difference in Policy & Practice: Communication, Education Research, and Civic Responsibility." Susan Fuhrman, President, Teachers College, one of the key analysts of the state education standards movement, will speak along with noted scholars Frederick Hess, Alex Molnar and Diane Ravitch; 3/25, 4 pm, Sheraton, New York Ballroom East, 3rd floor

"The Multiple Contexts Shaping Development: The Importance of Developmental and Educational Psychology for the Future of Schools, Families, and Children." Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, whose studies have lent credence to the notion of the importance of influences beyond school walls upon student performance, will speak. 3/27, 12:25pm - 1:55pm, Hilton New York / Sutton, Complex, Sutton North, 2nd Floor

"The Changing Nature of Suburbia and What It Means for Public Education: Rethinking Stereotypes of 'Urban' and "Suburban' Spaces and Schools. Amy Stuart Wells, one of the nation's leading scholars on school desegregation, will speak; 3/26, 2:15-3:45 pm, Hilton New York/Gramercy Suite A, 2nd floor

"Engaged Research and Scholarship: A Conversation with Edmund W. Gordon." Gordon, Richard March Hoe Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Education, Teachers College, and one of the leading proponents of supplementary education, will speak with A. Wade Boykin of Howard University. 3/26, 10:35am - 12:05pm, Hilton New York / Sutton Complex, Sutton Center, 2nd Floor

"¢Presentations by TC's Community College Research Center. These include:

An evaluation of the Virtual Enterprises program in career and technical education. Findings from a survey of 215 students who have used this well-known and highly touted program, which gives students the opportunity to run simulated business firms. Katherine Hughes, Joanne Wang Golann; 3/27, 12:25 pm " 1:55 pm, New York Marriott Marquis Times Square, Shubert Complex, Plymouth Room, 6th floor

Federal government funding of technological education at two-year colleges. A case study of 10 institutions finds the government must establish more rigorous and comprehensive guidelines to ensure that colleges generate collective social benefits, rather than those associated with the firms or industries that often end up financing these programs long-term. Yukari Matsuzuka, Thomas Bailey; 3/27, 12:25 pm " 1:55 pm, New York Marriott Marquis Times Square, Shubert Complex, Plymouth 1

The benefits of Advanced Placement for disadvantaged and minority students. The benefits of AP courses are especially significant for minority and disadvantaged students, who constitute the bulk of community college enrollment. Dong Wook Jeong; 3/26, 8:15 a.m.-9:45 a.m., New York Marriott Marquis Times Square, Marquis Ballroom, Salon B, 9th floor

The failure of current developmental education curricula in preparing students for discipline-specific reading and writing. In a study of 388 upper-level developmental education students, general proficiency in reading and writing didn't transfer when applied to a specific discipline, such as science. Dolores Perin; 3/27, 4:05 pm-6:05 pm, Crowne Plaza Hotel Times Square, Room 1504, 15th floor.

"¢Physical education: attitude issues among urban high school students. A study of 3,656 at 17 New York City public high schools finds that girls score consistently lower than boys for both enjoyment and perceived usefulness of physical education; and that girls' enjoyment and perceived usefulness of physical education declined each year, starting from a high in 9th grade. Student attitude toward physical education previously has been demonstrated to contribute to participation in physical activity outside of school. Urban High School Students' Attitudes toward Physical Education.Ralph Montalvo and Stephen Silverman; 3/27, 2:15pm - 2:55pm, Hilton New York / Trianon Ballroom/Petit Trianon, 3rd floor

"¢Urban science education:
Science Education in Urban Contexts. Planning and teaching in culturally responsive ways: elementary pre-service teachers' integration of multicultural themes and goals in science curriculum. Felicia Moore; 3/26, 10:35-12:05 pm, Hilton New York, Holland Suite, Fourth Floor.

Providing Science Agency to Marginalized Students in Urban Classrooms through Neo-Indigenous Cosmopolitanism. Science learning and achievement in NYC classrooms is inhibited by clashes between different groups of "hyphenated Americans," via a hierarchy under which students from populations more recently arrived in the U.S. are continually devalued, disrespected and in general assigned "otherness" by their more established classmates. Christopher Emdin; 3/24, 4:05pm - 4:55pm, New York Marriott Marquis Times Square/ Broadway Ballroom, Broadway North, 6th Floor.

"¢Assessment of student learning to improve teacher effectiveness and student outcomes.
The use of proximal assessment for learner diagnosis (PALD) to improve teaching practices and student learning and performance. Two new studies find that PALD significantly changes teacher practices and boosts the performance of fifth and sixth grade students in long division and other aspects of math. Madhabi Chatterji and colleagues; 3/28, 8:15-10:15 a.m., Hilton New York / Sutton Complex, Regent Parlor, 2nd Floor

Development and Analysis of an Integrated Screening, Process Monitoring and Cognitive Assessment System for K-3 Mathematics. A system drawing on screening and progress monitoring, cognitive science analyses of mathematical thinking, and clinical interviewing as a method for assessing cognitive processes was administered to 1,200 students in grades k-3 in Missouri and New York. Young-Sun Lee, S. Pappas, E.S. Lembke and Herbert Ginsburg; 3/26, 12:25pm - 1:55pm, Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers / Executive Conference Center, Conference Room F, Lower Lobby

"¢Dis/Abilities, Special Education

Rethinking reading instructional practice for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Evidence shows that skilled deaf readers read phonologically " in essence, by "sounding out" words" -- learning to read following the same sequence of skill development that hearing children do. The author suggests alternate routes of acquiring phonology.

"¢Technology and Education

Video as a Manipulative: An Innovative System to Transform University Courses in Psychology and Education. 3/26, 8:15-9:45, Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers / Madison Suite 1, 5th Floor. A symposium led by TC Professor Herbert Ginsburg that includes two papers from Teachers College:

The Use of Video in Teaching Psychology and Education," by Herbert Ginsburg, Ann Cami, and Eram Schlegel;

"The Development of Critical Thinking Skills Using a Web-based Video Analysis System," by Michael Preston and Michael Weinstock.

In addition, Thursday evening, March 27th, will feature a special AERA off-site event, "A Scholar's Evening in Harlem." Edmund W. Gordon, Richard March Hoe Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Education, Teachers College, and Dawn Arno, Director, TC Education Partnership Zone, will speak, along with Pedro Noguera, Lena Townsend and Jabari Osaze. The event will take place at The Schomburg Center for Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard and 135th Street.

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