Simon Hooper, associate professor of instructional systems, and three colleagues from the University of Minnesota were awarded the 2007 AECT Outstanding Achievement in Innovative Instructional Design and Development Award for their AVE: ASL software in the category for projects with funding greater than $100,000. AVE: ASL is a Web-based language learning environment with applications in the American Sign Language program.
AECT (Association for Educational Communications and Technology) is the leading conference in the instructional design field. The International Design and Development Showcase Competition had more than 40 entries. The project was funded through a three-year U.S. Department of Education FIPSE grant of which Hooper was the principal investigator.
Journal Article Wins Ted Publication Award
A journal article published by College of Education faculty members Mary Catherine Scheeler, James McAfee, Kathy Ruhl, and David Lee has been named winner of the 2007 TED Publication Award by the Teacher Education Division (TED) of the Council for Exceptional Children.
The article, titled “Effects of Corrective Feedback Delivered via Wireless Technology on Preservice Teacher Performance and Student Behavior,” appeared in volume 29 (2006) of the journal Teacher Education and Special Education. The article was based largely upon Scheeler’s doctoral dissertation. Scheeler is assistant professor of special education at Penn State Great Valley.
The TED Publication Award recognizes the contribution of the authors of an article in Teacher Education and Special Education that is deemed to have lasting value to the field by virtue of its potential impact on research, policies, or practices in teacher education and special education.
Bernard Badiali, associate professor of educational leadership, has been named to the Professional Development Advisory Panel for the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Program. Badiali and the other eight panel members held an initial meeting in New York City in October to discuss an effective model for professional development for AP teachers.
Faircloth Named to Technical Review Panel for National Study
Susan Faircloth, assistant professor of educational leadership, has been named a member of the Technical Review Panel of the National Indian Education Study (Part II). The National Indian Education Study is conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics in collaboration with the Office of Indian Education within the U.S. Department of Education. The 11-member Technical Review Panel is comprised of American Indian and Alaska Native educators and researchers and serves in a consultative role during the development of the survey instruments as well as the analysis and presentation of findings.
Pong Earns Spencer Residence Fellowship
Suet-ling Pong, professor of educational theory & policy and sociology, has also been named a Spencer Residence Fellow for Fall 2007. As a Residence Fellow, she is conducting research on site at The Spencer Foundation’s headquarters in Chicago this semester.
Science Education Among Most Cited Journals
The journal Science Education has been named one of the top 10 most cited journals in Education and Educational Research, according to the recently released 2006 edition of Thomson ISI Journal Citation Reports. Greg Kelly, head of Penn State’s Curriculum and Instruction department, is the journal’s editor.
Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Science Education contains original articles on the latest issues and trends occurring internationally in science curriculum, instruction, learning, policy, and preparation of science teachers. The journal is currently ranked first based on impact factor among the research journals dedicated to science education.