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Research and Scholarship
Research and Scholarship
Tim Knoster, Ed.D., professor of exceptionality programs, recently had his latest book, “The Teacher’s Pocket Guide for Effective Classroom Management, Second Edition” published by Brookes Publishing Company. Knoster, a behavior expert and former teacher, provides friendly how-to book educators need to increase desired behavior in today's K-12 classrooms. The second edition weaves in timely new guidance for teachers implementing multi-tiered systems of support in tandem with positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS), while also serving as a great resource for teachers in more traditional school settings.
Ted Roggenbuck, Ph.D., director of the BU Writing Center and assistant professor of English, collaborated with Mike Sherry, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, to write "Reframing Responses to Student Writing: Promising Young Writers and the Writing Pedagogies Course," which was recently published in Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education. The article describes an attempt to provide future teachers with an opportunity to practice evaluating and responding to student writing through a collaboration among members of an NCTE committee.
Cynthia Venn, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental, geographical and geological sciences, recently presented a paper, “Using Map Exercises as an Integrative Tool in a General Education Oceanography Course,” at the American Geophysical Union Ocean Sciences meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. This paper reports the results of a semester-long class activity that was developed as a result of the 2013 BU Teaching Excellence Academy sponsored by the TALE office.
Students research downtown parking
Led by student researchers, Stephen Staats, a senior criminal justice major, and Tony DiBiase, a junior geoscience major, a group of 30-plus student volunteers are conducting a creative parking study in the Town of Bloomsburg, utilizing mobile GIS devices not for mapping but to monitor downtown parking spaces and collect data to better understand parking tendencies. The hope is to improve Bloomsburg’s congestive parking situation. Success of this study could serve as a model for other municipalities across the country trying to improve their parking efficiency.
The project, funded by the Bloomsburg University Foundation, Inc., is being done in collaboration with several local municipal agencies and university departments, as well as BU’s Center for Community Research and Consulting. #CollaborativeLearning
Alumna has ASL research published
Heather Hamilton, a recent American Sign Language graduate, had her undergraduate Honors Independent Study research on “Gender Variation in American Sign Language” published this summer by the National Interpreter Education Center (NIEC). According to Hamilton, she analyzed videos of five men and five women for variation between the genders, specifically looking at variation in the length of the stories, the use of hand listing, the use of pronouns, and lexical variations. The entire research project lasted three semesters.
She found that women, on average, had longer stories than the men. The women were more likely to use pronouns than the men were and used them with more frequency than the men did, Hamilton says. Finally, women tended to produce their signs in higher locations or in citation form while men produced their signs lower or in non-citation form. Hamilton said the goal was to find new variations as well as to support the gender variations found in the research completed by Lucas, Bayley, and Valli (2003). In conclusion, she says more research needs to be done in this area and on ASL in general.
Rural homelessness to get closer look
Heather Feldhaus, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts, was recently awarded a $14,000 grant to study rural homelessness in collaboration with the Columbia County Housing Authority, Columbia-Montour Homelessness Task Force and researchers from Bucknell University and Lycoming College. The study will identify, gather and evaluate existing patterns of homelessness and housing insecurity. Researchers will report on the current situation and collaborate on a long-term plan to better measure and track homelessness in rural Pennsylvania.
According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, homelessness is often assumed to be an urban phenomenon because homeless people are more numerous, more geographically concentrated, and more visible in urban areas. However, people experience the same difficulties associated with homelessness and housing distress in America's small towns and rural areas as they do in urban areas. Problems defining, locating, and sampling have made enumerating the homeless population with certainty virtually impossible with estimates commonly relying on counts of persons using services that are inaccessible.