School of Education Hosts Educational Research Forum

The School of Education will host its Educational Research Forum tonight from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm in the ETC Lobby, Auditorium, and first-floor classrooms. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Roseanna Wright, Dr. Helen Hoffner, and Dr. Stephen Young
Student Achievement and Experience in Blended vs. Online Format University Courses

The purpose of this research is to expand our understanding of student experience with and achievement in blended and online course learning. Results will be used by the investigators to improve existing and future blended and online courses within Holy Family University.

Dr. Roseanna Wright, Dr. Brian Berry, Dr. Maria Agnew, and Dr. Claire Sullivan
Assessing and Meeting the Needs of University Students in Blended Course Learning: Challenges for Students with and without Identified Disabilities and Implications for Blended Course Design and Instruction.

Students at eight colleges and universities were surveyed about their experiences with blended learning in order to identify specific benefits and challenges to students who participate in blended courses. The majority of students (93%) who had experience with blended format learning, reported that they find one or more aspects of online learning challenging. Results indicate the need to increase usability and accessibility to the online environment in terms of formatting, academic tasks and issues related to the learning management system.

Dr. Roger Gee, Sinead Doherty, Erin Feerick, Jayda Pugliese, Robert Boffa, and Helen Wilkes
Competing metaphors for drug abuse: War vs. epidemic

Recently there has been a change in the language used to describe drug abuse and efforts toward prevention. A disease conceptual metaphor, opioid epidemic, is replacing war on drugs. This change in language is important because conceptual metaphors do more than help us understand a target domain, they may entail certain actions. The study reported in this session was a doctoral class project to investigate the two drug abuse metaphors using a corpus of US newspapers from 2010-2017 containing over 850 million words.

Dr. Diane Elliott
Men of Color and College Access: Examining Networks and Informational Channels

The goal of this study was to understand how a group of men of color utilized formal and informal social networks in obtaining college related information as a part of the college choice process. Findings highlight that participants relied on school-based, family and peer networks, but that these networks provided incomplete, and at times inaccurate, information which impacted the college selection process. 

Zhang (Lynette) Fuhua and Dr. Roger Gee
The Image of Henan Province, People’s Republic of China, in the US Online Media

The preliminary results of a corpus-based study of the image of Henan Province as portrayed in US online media will be presented. The session will begin with a rationale for the study, followed by an overview of the corpus methodology and coding of the data for semantic prosody. Results for this coding will be given, and the presentation will conclude with a description of the next steps in the data analysis.

Jayda Pugliese
The Implementation of the 5E Model and the Design Thinking Process in STEAM Education

STEM education refers to the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. STEAM education incorporates the “A” for the arts, recognizing that to be successful in technical fields, individuals must also be creative and use critical thinking skills which are best developed through exposure to the arts. This presentation focuses on the researched benefits of using the 5E Model and the Design Thinking Process in STEAM-based classrooms, and better understanding this current shift in education.

Dr. Janet McNellis and Karen Zhou
Self-Directed Learning and Flipped Classrooms: A Research Path

This presentation explores the different steps and studies involved in forging a research path. Once a general area of interest is identified the researcher must conduct a series of studies in that area. Some of these studies may be done by solo researchers and others in collaboration with others. The presenters will explain how their past, current and future studies in the areas of self-directed learning and flipped classrooms illustrates this research path.