2015 Cohort

  • Erica Hicks-Fletcher:  ehicksfletcher1@student.gsu.edu

    Exploring Post- Instructional Conversational Contents of African- American Fifth Grade Male Students While Engaged in the Collaborative Creative Process in the Art Room

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    What Do Black Boys Talk About? Exploring Post- Instructional Conversational Contents of African- American Fifth Grade Male Students While Engaged in the Collaborative Creative Process in the Art Room

  • Fanta Helton:  fcampbell1@student.gsu.edu
  • Hannah Oldham:  holdham1@student.gsu.edu
    Dissertation:  Self-efficacy and proximal goal setting in secondary mathematics students
  • Jennifer Henderson:  jhenderson22@student.gsu.edu
  • Julie McFaddin:  jmcfaddin2@student.gsu.edu

    Cognitive Dissonance and Teachers: When Mandates and Beliefs Collide

    Abstract:  High stakes tests are used to make important decisions for schools, teachers and students in the United States. Despite research that show high stakes testing negatively impacts schools, teachers and students, these tests are here to stay for the time being. Many teachers believe that high stakes tests are detrimental to the learning in their classrooms. This conflict creates cognitive dissonance for teachers in their beliefs and mandates. The purpose of this research will be to tell the stories of participants that experience conflicts in beliefs about quality instruction and impacts of high stakes testing. The telling of these stories will serve as an opportunity to reach other teachers in the field that experience similar struggles. The methodology I will use is narrative inquiry. Narrative inquiry as a methodology is grounded in Dewey’s conception of experience. I will collect data and co-construct the stories with my participants. It is my hope that this research will shed light on decisions teachers make each day to ensure their students receive quality instructional opportunities, while feeling pressures related to high stakes testing.

  • Margaret Dantzler:  mdantzler2@student.gsu.edu
  • Mariana Stone <mstone11@student.gsu.edu2014 EdD in C&I Cohort