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

Improving Access to Behavioral Healthcare 

  Joseph H. Hammer, Ph.D., assistant professor of counseling psychology in the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology, and members of the Help-seeking And Multicultural Measurement Evaluation Research (HAMMER)  Lab study the factors that promote or block people from seeking behavioral healthcare when they have a mental health concern.  They are … Read More

Healing Racial Trauma

Candice Hargons, Ph.D., and the RISE^2 Research Team are investigating the psychophysiological effect of racism on Black students and determining whether meditation can reduce the effect. In a mixed method experimental pilot study, they use biofeedback to observe participants’ heart rate and heart rate variability during the experiment. Then, they … Read More

Politics and Justice Implications

Amanda U. Potterton, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies. Her research and teaching interests include the politics of school choice, charter schools, privatization and public education, and justice-related policy implications for students living in poverty, students with special education needs, and students who are … Read More

Research Collaboration Focuses on Painful Hip Condition

University of Kentucky researchers are in search of answers for those who suffer from a painful hip condition known as Femoroacetabular Impingement Syndrome (FAIS). Although the condition can be experienced at any age, it often impacts the young and athletic, bringing their active lifestyles to a halt. Patients are impacted … Read More

Health Promotion Student Interns with Health Department in Nebraska

Editor’s Note: This summer, we are profiling University of Kentucky College of Education students who are studying abroad or completing internships in a variety of fields. To submit a story idea, email amanda.nelson@nulluky.edu. Written by Chelsea Hobbs, Student Intern Hannah Bourg just completed her first year as a master’s of science … Read More

UK Students, Faculty Help Host History Competition

University of Kentucky College of Education faculty and students helped host the Kentucky Historical Society’s National History Day competition in April. The event included 225 students and 38 teachers from a total of 35 schools across Kentucky. The competition helps students connect the past to the present and learn 21stcentury … Read More

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