April Hicks, a 2010 graduate from the BSEd in Elementary Education program, was featured in the most recent issue of Imagine Magazine, produced by the Honors College at WCU. The article describes how she engaged in undergraduate research with Dr. Tommy Hodges (Assistant Professor in the School of Teaching and Learning) on strategies for teaching multiplication. She continues to use the strategies in her first year of teaching, and is working with Dr. Hodges to publish the results of her research.
The WCU Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation has teamed with the Inter-Regional Center and the WCU Division of Educational Outreach to conduct its fifth workshop for physical education teachers from Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Faculty from the WCU HPER department and from the Jackson County Schools are giving presentations on subjects ranging from fitness training and testing, to racket and disc sports, to health education and dance. The participants will also have opportunities to experience the beauty of western North Carolina by rafting the Nantahala River or Hiking Panthertown Valley. For more information, contact Dr. Susan Fouts: firstname.lastname@example.org or 828‐227‐3688.
David Strahan, the Taft B. Botner Distinguished Professor of Elementary and Middle Grades Education at WCU, has won a $300,000 grant from N.C. Quest to partner with Transylvania County Schools. The grant is to develop a “responsiveness to instruction” model that will identify individual students’ needs and tailored interventions for those needs. A team of faculty will support this effort, including Axelle Faughn from mathematics, Jessica Cunningham and Bianca Montrosse from psychology, and Tommy Hodges, Nancy Luke, Carrie Rogers, and Roya Scales from the school of teaching and learning.
For more information, see the article from the Reporter.
WCU is offering a workshop retreat for beginning K-12 teachers in North Carolina who have completed at least one year of teaching. The workshop will be held on WCU’s campus on June 24th, 2011. Registration is now open. For more information, see the flyer for the event.
David Solomon (graduate student), Jenna Cordrey (undergraduate psychology major) and Dr. Asberg (faculty sponsor) just learned that their poster, titled “Personality Traits as Predictors of Adult Psychological Adjustment”, was accepted for presentation at ABCT’s 45th Annual Convention to be held on November 10-13, 2011 in Toronto. ABCT is the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and gathers researchers in clinical and counseling psychology for the purpose of informing psychotherapy treatments. For more information, check out the website at ABCT.org.
Maridy Troy and Maurice Phipps, faculty in health and physical education and parks and recreation management respectively, have completed a research study examining the ‘energy mile’ theory. The results generally confirm the 35 year old theory and give greater insight to the energy requirements for backpackers.