Around the College: March 31, 2021

March 30, 2021
  • Soo-yong Byun, associate professor of education (educational theory and policy) in the Department of Education Policy Studies (EPS), published two books in Korean on March 15: “Pumo ŭi sahoechŏk chiwuiwa cha’nyŏ ŭi kyoyuk kyŏlgwa: Han’guk esŏ kyoyuk pulp’yŏngdŭng’ŭn simhwa doeŏknŭnka? [Parental socioeconomic status and children's educational outcomes: Has educational inequality increased in Korea?]” and “Kyoyuk premium: Han’guk esŏ daehak kyoyuk ŭi nodong sichang kachinŭn harakhaetnŭnka? [Educational premium: Has the value of college education decreased in Korea.” Byun also virtually spoke on a panel for “Education: Challenges and Opportunities for Youth Empowerment in East Asia” in the 2021 East Asia Forum organized by the London School of Economics and Political Science Students’ Union Korea Future Association on March 28.
  • Karly Ford, assistant professor of education (higher education) in the Department of EPS, gave a talk at Duke University's Social Science Research Institute about the social construction of race data in education research.
  • Research by Erica Frankenberg, professor of education (educational leadership and demography) in the Department of EPS, is featured in two EducationWeek articles, “Suburban Public Schools Are Now Majority-Nonwhite. The Backlash Has Already Begun” and “The ‘Dramatic’ Demographic Shifts Reshaping Suburban Schools: 7 Key Data Points to Know.”
  • Maithreyi Gopalan, assistant professor of education in the Department of EPS, gave a PRC Seminar: "Fostering a Sense of Belonging in College" on March 30 for the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center.
  • Matthew Johnson, assistant professor of education (science education) and research associate in the Center for Science and the Schools (CSATS), wrote an op-ed for EdSurge, “Today’s Students Aren’t Learning How Science Happens. That’s a Problem in a Pandemic.”
  • Kevin Kinser, professor of education (higher education) and head of the Department of EPS, is quoted in an article, “Midwest accreditor's latest move highlights shift in college oversight” in Higher Ed Dive. 
  • Chrissie Klinger, a workforce development specialist for Workforce System Liaison Project at the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy, was selected as moderator for the Career Pathways discussion group for LINCS, the national professional development project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education.
  • David Passmore, distinguished professor of education, emeritus, was interviewed for a story, “Proposed federal CLEAN Futures Act seen as threat to plastics industry in PA” in Pennsylvania Business Report.
  • Deborah Schussler, associate professor of education (educational leadership) was awarded a Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) Implementation Science grant ($24,915). She will be collaborating with Damon Jones, associate research professor in the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center; Laura Feagan Gould (A Mindful Choice, LLC); and Sharon Lambert, a professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at George Washington University. In addition, Schussler was recently featured in an episode of The Action Research Podcast in which she talked about the value and use of mixed methods research methods to study phenomenon, how to think about questions of validity and reliability and what all of this might mean for conducting action research.
  • Hansol Woo, a doctoral candidate in the Educational Leadership program in the Department of EPS, is the lead author on a new paper, “The use of social robots in classrooms: A review of field-based studies” in Educational Research Review. Woo’s co-authors are Gerald K. LeTendre, professor of education (education policy studies), another doctoral candidate in the Educational Leadership program, and Yuhan Xiong, who received a master’s degree in educational leadership from Penn State in 2016.

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Last Updated April 07, 2021