Hoi Suen Receives Fulbright Senior Specialists Grant
Hoi Suen, distinguished professor of educational psychology, has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialists Grant to lecture at Xiamen University and Northeast Normal University in China. Suen plans to lecture for four weeks in China in late spring and early summer of 2008.
Suen specializes in psychometrics and high-stakes assessment. His research areas include measurement theories, behavioral observation, validity issues, consequences of high-stakes testing, and lessons from the historical civil service exam system of China.
The Fulbright Senior Specialists Program provides short-term academic opportunities to leading American academics and professionals in support of curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at academic institutions around the world. The program's purpose is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
Stephanie Serriere Wins Course Development Grant
Stephanie Cayot Serriere, assistant professor of social studies education, has won a $1,000 grant from Penn State’s Laboratory for Public Scholarship and Democracy to foster activities leading up to this year’s Constitution Day celebration.
Five Penn State faculty members, each at a different Penn State campus, were selected for the award. Serriere’s project is titled “A Constitution Day 2008 Community Forum: Using the Structured Academic Controversy Model to Discuss Downloading Creative Material from the Internet.”
The recipients use the grant to embed Constitution Day 2008 course work into their curricula to help students recognize connections between education and the U.S. Constitution’s blueprint for public sovereignty. The course work is intended to help form the basis of the University’s activities during this year’s Constitution Day celebration on September 17. On that day, students at five Penn State campuses will share scholarship and course projects fostering constitutional understanding and democratic capacity with their communities.
Peggy Van Meter and Rayne Sperling Serve on NAEP Panel
Peggy Van Meter and Rayne Sperling, associate professors of educational psychology, recently participated in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Reading Framework Comparison Study Expert Panel. The prog
ram, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in support of the NAEP Educational Statistics Services Institute (NESSI) in Washington, D.C., was held December 17–20.
World Bank Benefits from CSHE Presentation by CSHE Faculty
Lisa R. Lattuca, associate professor of higher education and senior research associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE), and Patrick T. Terenzini, distinguished professor and senior scientist at CSHE, made an invited presentation to World Bank staff members on January 9 in Washington, D.C. The presentation, titled "Engineering Change: A Study of the Impact of EC2000," summarized the design and findings of a study that Lattuca, Terenzini, and J. Fredricks Volkwein, professor of higher education and senior scientist at CSHE, had recently completed for the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology.
The World Bank is planning an evaluation of the impact of recent investments in engineering education in India and had invited the College of Education researchers to Washington to discuss possible project plans and designs.