Leadership Practices of Preschool Administrators

Drs. Beth Rous, Victoria Sherif, and Kathryn Chapman are currently implementing a national survey focused on leadership beliefs and practices of U.S. early childhood program and public preschool administrators. Initial findings indicate a gap between administrator beliefs in the importance of leadership-based practices (e.g., mentoring teachers, listening to staff concerns, … Read More

Capturing Problem-Solving Skills of Students with Math Disabilities

The Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) awarded Professor Brian Bottge in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Counselor Education a supplemental grant to design a hybrid form of assessment that combines an oral questioning component with a technology-based platform. The need for the new assessment surfaced in two … Read More

Helping Police, Firefighters Meet Physical Demands of Job

Mark Abel, associate professor of exercise physiology in the UK College of Education Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, conducts research to enhance the safety, health, and occupational performance of structural firefighters. As a former firefighter, he understands the demands of the job.  As a researcher, his lab is identifying … Read More

Youth Influence Tobacco Use and Policy in Appalachia

Dr. Melinda Ickes, associate professor of health promotion in the UK College of Education Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, trains youth in Appalachia as advocates to promote tobacco control policies in Kentucky. Kentucky communities suffer disproportionately from tobacco-related diseases such as lung cancer. Training youth to become advocates is … Read More

Role of Body Weight in Biomechanics of Obesity

Obesity alters muscle recruitment and joint kinematics during gait.  However, it is unclear whether these changes are due to excess body weight itself or differences in limb volume. Dr. Lance Bollinger, a faculty member in the UK College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, is currently using wireless electromyography, … Read More

Bringing Math to Life for Thousands of Students

Dr. Brian Bottge is known for his research in teaching math to struggling students — and for helping teachers put the findings into action. Over the past 20 years, the Institute of Education Sciences (research and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Education), has awarded Bottge three four-year research … Read More

Equipping Teachers with Naturalistic Teaching Strategies

Sarah Hawkins-Lear, Ed.D., clinical associate professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation Counseling, is working with doctoral candidate Meg Gravil on training early childhood teachers, who are not certified in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) or Special Education, to embed naturalistic teaching strategies to teach communication skills. The teachers are … Read More

Student Motivation and Learning in Technology-Assisted Learning Environments

Narmada Paul, Ph.D., postdoctoral scholar in Educational Psychology in the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology, studies student motivation and learning in technology-assisted learning environments. Her dissertation research involved developing and testing an instructional intervention to support fourth grade students’ participation in online discussions and promote their argumentation skills. … Read More

Advanced Musculoskeletal Mechanics and Imaging

Michael Samaan, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion. Samaan and his diverse research team of physicians, physical therapists, medical and exercise science students use biomechanics and imaging to thoroughly understand the effects of orthopedic conditions on joint function and health. More specifically, the … Read More

Preparing Today’s Learners to Become Effective Information Problem Solvers

Students today routinely conduct research online to solve academic and everyday problems. Researchers have established a good understanding of learners’ behaviors in information problem solving (IPS) by quantitatively examining learners’ IPS tracking data. Yet to better teach IPS, we need to know more about learners’ reasoning processes. Applying a self-regulated … Read More

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