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SCollege of Education
UNIVERSITY of FLORIDA


Office of Educational Research
December 2010


Office of Educational Research Bulletin (ORB)


News & Notes


2010 APA Dissertation Award

Kudos to Educational Psychology
doctoral candidate Heekyung Kwon
who won a 2010 APA Dissertation
Award. The committee chair is Tracy
Linderholm and members are David
Therriault, Stephen Pape, and David
Miller.

Project Title: Constraint on Absolute
Accuracy of Metacomprehension
Assessments: The Anchoring and
Adjustment Model vs. the Standard of
Coherence Model.

Abstract (abridged): The study aims to
investigate constraint on absolute
accuracy of metacomprehension
assessments, that is, why even adult
readers display significant gaps between
their actual reading performance and
the corresponding predictions or
postdictions. Specifically, the study
compares two models each of which
provides a different account for the
mental procedure underlying
metacomprehension assessments.
Data regarding college students'
objective level of reading skill, self-
perception of reading skill, Standard of
Coherence, and metacomprehension


accuracy will be collected in order to
show which model better explains not
only limited metacomprehension
accuracy but also other relevant
findings: (1) high-skilled readers
underestimate while low-skilled readers
overestimate their reading performance,
and (2) postdictions are more accurate
than predictions.


Congratulations!

ER-Sponsored Evets

OER-Sponsored Events


Mark your calendars for the following
January 2011 happenings:

Fien Endowed Professor Presentation

Dr. Mary Brownell
Dr Brownell is Professor of Special
Education as well as the Irving and Rose
Fien Endowed Professor and Director of
the National Comprehensive Center to
Improve Policy and Practice in Special
Education Professional Development.

Day: Wednesday, January 12
Time: 1:00-3:00pm
Location: Terrace Room








Title: Improving Teacher Quality for
Struggling Readers: Is Professional
Development a Viable Strategy?

Abstract: The role that teachers play in
improving student achievement is
undeniable. As such, many scholars and
policymakers believe that professional
development is essential for improving
the quality of the teacher workforce. In
this presentation, Dr. Brownell
summarizes what she and her
colleagues have learned about effective
professional development for teachers
in Reading First Schools and for special
education teachers working in Florida,
California, and Colorado. Additionally,
she discusses findings from her research
in light of the larger research base on
professional development in reading.

Refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to Rosie Warner
(rwarner@coe.ufl.edu) by January 10.




OER-Sponsored Research Training

Title: Lesson Study Research

Presenters: Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji
and Dr. Linda Behar-Horenstein

Day: Monday, January 24
Time: 11:30am-1:30pm
Location: Terrace Room

Drs. West-Olatunji and Behar-
Horenstein will introduce the audience


to lesson-study and discuss training
modules available through the FLDOE.
Lesson study is an approach to
reflective teaching that uses
collaborative dialogue to engage
teachers in a collective examination of
their classroom practices. Borrowing
from this Japanese traditional method of
practitioner-driven inquiry, educators in
the U.S. are increasingly interested in
lesson study because of its inherent
focus on teachers as researchers. In the
U.S., lesson is primarily used in
elementary and middle schools with a
focus on mathematics and science. Use
of lesson study by Japanese educators
can be traced back to the early 1900s.

To date, they have published two
articles on this topic:

West-Olatunji, C., Behar-Horenstein, L.,
Rant, J. A., & Cohen-Phillips, L. (2008).
Researcher/practitioner on-line collegial
learning circle: revision-ing early
childhood educator training. Journal of
Negro Education, 77, 27-38.

West-Olatunji, C., Behar-Horenstein, L.,
& Rant, J. A. (2008). Use of lesson study
for teacher inquiry to enhance
multicultural competence in early
childhood education. Journal of
Research in Childhood Education, 23,
96-108.

The latter features research conducted at
Baby Gator.

For additional information about lesson-
study research, visit the following


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Florida Department of Education
website:
https://www.floridaschoolleaders.org/su
pportRes.aspx?onlinelD=1121

Lunch and refreshments will be
provided.

Please RSVP to Rosie Warner
(rwarner@coe.ufl.edu) by January 21.



B.O. Smith Professor Presentation

Dr. Cynthia Griffin
Dr. Griffin is Professor of Special
Education and B.O. Smith Professor for
2008-2011.

Day: Thursday, January 27
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Location: Terrace Room

Title: Beginning Teachers' Mathematics
Discourse in Inclusive Elementary
Classrooms.

Abstract: Widespread support exists for
teaching mathematics through active
classroom discourse. Yet, research
conducted in these reform-based
mathematics classrooms indicates that
students with learning disabilities (LD)
assume passive roles and may not
receive the intended benefits of peer-
mediated mathematics activities. To
examine the nature of classroom
discourse with an emphasis on the
learning of students with LD, Walshaw
and Anthony's (2008) notion of
mathematics classroom discourse as


nested activity systems was used to
frame the study. We observed two
beginning teachers (one teaching third
grade and the other, fourth grade) over
four months, during twelve
mathematics lessons. Formative
assessment data were collected as well
as results from the state's accountability
measure for the lowest performing
students in these two classrooms. Exit
interviews with teachers were also
conducted to clarify and expand
findings from our observations. Results
suggest similarities and differences
between teachers in the amount of time
spent using various discourse activities,
as well as differences in student
performance favoring one class over the
other. Results of this descriptive study
have implications for the 1) design of
observation instruments used in
inclusive elementary mathematics
classrooms, 2) systematic analysis of
videotaped observation data, 3)
identification of appropriate student
outcome measures, and 4) professional
development of mathematics teachers
serving heterogeneous groups of
elementary students.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to Rosie Warner
(rwarner@coe.ufl.edu) by January 25.




Congratulations are in order for Lynda
Hayes (PK Yonge) for her award from
the Florida Department of Education;
Luis Ponjuan (School of Human


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Development and Organizational
Studies in Education) and Mary Ann
Clark (School of Human Development
and Organizational Studies in
Education) for their award from the
Texas Guaranteed Student Loan (TG)
and to Frank Catalanotto (Community
Dentistry and Behavioral Science) and
Linda Behar-Horenstein (School of
Human Development and
Organizational Studies in Education) for
their award from the DHHS-Health
Resources and Services Administration.

Best wishes to Lynda Hayes (PK Yonge)
for her three proposals to the Florida
Department of Education.

For more details about these see the
tables on the next pages.

Ana & John


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College of Education Funded Projects November 2010

Principal Investigator: Lynda Hayes Co-PI: N/A
Funding Agency: Florida Department of Education
Proposal Title: Title I, Part A: Education of Disadvantaged Children and Youth
Project Period: 07/01/2010-06/30/2011
Award Amount: $81,889.00

Principal Investigator: Luis Ponjuan Co-PI: Mary Ann Clark
Funding Agency: Texas Guaranteed Student Loan (TG)
Proposal Title: Boys in Peril: Examining Latino Boys' Educational Pathways and
Motivation towards Postsecondary Education
Project Period: 08/16/2010-08/15/2011
Award Amount: $111,148.00

Principal Investigator: Frank Catalanotto Co-PI: Linda Behar-Horenstein
Funding Agency: DHHS-Health Resources and Services Administration
Proposal Title: Enhancement of Pre-doctoral Dental Education at the University of Florida
to Meet the Oral Health Needs of a Diverse Population
Project Period: 09/01/2010-06/30/2015
Award Amount: $321,213.00




College of Education Submitted Projects November 2010

Principal Investigator: Lynda Hayes Co-PI: N/A
Funding Agency: Florida Department of Education
Proposal Title: Education Jobs Fund
Requested Amount: $225,803.00

Principal Investigator: Lynda Hayes Co-PI: N/A
Funding Agency: Florida Department of Education
Proposal Title: Race to the Top
Requested Amount: $67,045.00

Principal Investigator: Lynda Hayes Co-PI: N/A
Funding Agency: Florida Department of Education
Proposal Title: Title I, Part A Corrective Action
Requested Amount: $338.00


ORB November 2010






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