school of education

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Ph.D. in Education


Program Co-Directors: Julie Coiro (URI), Janet Johnson (RIC)

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SchoolResearch Interests
Peter AdamyURIUse of technology in the classroom
Gerri AugustRICTransformative pedagogy; Training teachers on diversity
Jim BartonRICLiteracy and comprehension instruction
Jeremy BensonRIC
Ellen BiglerRICMulticultural education reform; Identity formation
Lesley BogadRICCritical Theory
Susan Trostle BrandURIEmergent literacy; Early childhood curriculum
C. David BrellRICPhilosophy of education; Critiques of modernism and post-modernism
David ByrdURIPreparation of beginning teachers; Teacher professional development
Karen CastagnoRICAdapted physical education and sport
Lori CiccomascoloURIPhysical education and physical activity in urban populations
Julie CoiroURIReading comprehension and online learning
Patricia CordeiroRICEvidence of children's developing understanding of language; Teacher's role in classrooms of good practice
Cornelis (Kees) de GrootURIRealistic teacher education; Learning transitions in mathematics; Mathematics interdisciplinary connections
Terry DeeneyURIReading, phonology, and dialect
Ronald DufourRICCultural discourse in 18th and early 19th century New England; Creation of the national identity in the early republic; Jazz, blues, and American culture
John EagleRICHome-school-community partnerships; Conjoint behavioral consultation; Parental involvement in schools; School-based problem solving teams; Response to Intervention (RTI)
Joanne EichingerURIEffective instructional practices in inclusive classrooms
Jay FoglemanURIScience education; Professional development and teacher learning
Anne GoodrowRICChildren's mathematical thinking; Teachers' professional development in elementary mathematics
Don HalquistRIC
JoAnn Hammadou-SullivanURISecond language acquisition/reading; Teacher evaluation
Sandy Jean HicksURISocial studies teaching and learning; K-12 classroom technology integration; Effects of teacher professional development
Renee HobbsURIDigital and media literacy education; Educational multimedia; Copyright and fair use in education; Student multimedia production
Julie HorwitzRICNew teacher mentoring; Self-study; Critical reflection; Action research
Janet JohnsonRICLiteracies associated with social justice; Identity performances and literacy practices of pre-service teachers; Teacher research as a vehicle for social change
Thomas KochanekRICVulnerability in infancy and early childhood; Creating programs and interventions that maximize favorable outcomes for young children and their families
Dana KovarskyURILanguage, culture, and face-to-face interaction
Paul LaCavaRICSocial/emotional methods; Evidence based practices in autism; Empathy
Marie LynchRICSecondary Special Education; Inclusive practices in the general education setting; Mathematics for all students; Learning disabilities
Marie LynchRICIdentification/evaluation of learning-based and other disabilities; Effective practices to include students with disabilities; Understanding how children/adolescents broker language for their non-English speaking parents; Access/equity of mathematics for all students
Karen McCurdyURIParenting, program evaluation, and child health
Corinne McKameyRICYouth development; Formal and informal learning contexts; The role of subjectivity in research, teaching, and learning; Qualitative research methods (narrative analysis, cultural analysis of discourse, arts based methods
Adam MooreURIFamily-Centered Practices in Special Education; Autism Spectrum Disorder; Inclusion of students with special needs in general education classrooms; Effective urban teaching practices; Teacher education for special education teachers; Advocacy for students with special needs
John NiskaRICAdvocacy and advisory programs and middle level issues
Kathy PenoURILearning organizations; Social cognition; Adult development; Informal learning
Stephen RamockiRICCreativity and students
Susan RoushURIDisability studies
Elizabeth RowellRICEthnographic study of emergent literacy in preschools; Private nonprofit preschools and literacy; Multicultural coverage in "big books" for early readers; Images of literacy in notable children's books; Use of selected books to promote anti-bias stance in young children
Leslie SchusterRIC
Anne SeitsingerURISchool reform
Minsuk ShimURIQuantitative research methods in examining school effects and changes; Educational equity; Policy analysis
Ezra StieglitzRICReading in the content areas; Technology in instruction; Developing higher level thinking skills; ESL literacy; Education in the United Kingdom; Literacy assessment
Annemarie VaccaroURICollege student development and gender, race, class and sexual orientation; Critical and feminist perspectives related to inequalities in society and social structures in higher education; Qualitative research methods
George WillisURICurriculum and qualitative/naturalistic research
W. Grant WillisURIDevelopmental cognitive neuro-psychology and psycho-educational decision making
Jing Jian XiaoURIFamily financial issues; Family resource management; Research methods

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