Phone: (208) 426-1731
Office: Education Building, 705
Welcome back to school! This is always an exciting time of year because we get all new school supplies (my Ant Man lunch box is fantastic), and we get a fresh start on the upcoming academic year. As Associate Dean for Research and Advanced Programs, one of my primary goals is to help build collaborations between our amazing faculty and the educational community. This can involve partnering with local school districts to write grant proposals to bring resources to districts, connecting districts with faculty on grant funded research projects, or helping districts to take advantage of the expertise of our faculty for professional development or program evaluation.
Another important goal for this upcoming year is to get the word out about our outstanding programs. We have a variety of master’s degree programs, an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in Executive Educational Leadership, and Educational Doctorates (Ed.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Technology. These programs offer opportunities to teachers and administrators to continue to hone existing skills and develop new strengths. The College of Education at Boise State University is committed to providing high quality programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our graduate programs are among the Top 100 Graduate Schools in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report. We hope to work with the wonderful educators in the Treasure Valley and beyond and continue to improve our programs.
My training is in educational psychology, so I think about learning at the individual student level. I try to understand what is going on in a student’s head. For instance, consider a student studying for an upcoming test. The student (a) sets a performance goal for the test, (b) monitors progress toward the goal, and (c) based on the monitoring, makes decisions about how and what to study to best reach the goal. Over the past 20 years, I have examined how study decisions are influenced by the goals students set for a particular task, how the accuracy of monitoring affects study decisions and learning, and how study decisions affect learning. Much of my research has involved finding ways to improve the accuracy of students’ monitoring of their own learning, and showing that monitoring accuracy plays an important role in learning.
More recently, I have extended the focus on monitoring accuracy to classroom instruction. Much as students must accurately monitor their learning to study effectively and improve learning, teachers must accurately monitor their students’ learning to adjust instruction and help students learn more effectively. Partnering with a local school district, we have worked with teachers to improve their monitoring accuracy, which has led to improve student learning.