Faculty and Alumni Are Contributing to the Field of Education

Various research from McKay School and visiting faculty

The McKay School faculty are contributing to the field of education through their research and presentations. Visiting faculty also share their work and leave their mark at BYU. Learn more about some of these interacting stories and research below:

 

Globalization and Local Teacher Education

 

Stefinee Pinnegar and colleague publish chapter on international teacher education discourse.

 

In Saudi Arabia, a national government body assesses all of the teachers in the country, while in the United States teacher supervision is left to each individual school. Teacher retention and pedagogy create intense discussions across the globe but are specific to their local contexts, illustrating the current process of globalization.

 

Stefinee Pinnegar, a faculty member in the McKay School's Department of Teacher Education, and colleague Mary Lynn Hamilton published a chapter in the book Preparing Teachers for the 21st Century. The book provides perspective and methodology on preparing high-quality teachers across the globe. It argues that educators around the world can learn from each other in addition to solving educational problems through theory and local experience.

 
 

Research on Children’s Behavior and Academic Success Described at 2014 Benjamin Cluff Jr. Lecture

 

Researchers Gary W. Ladd and Becky Kochenderfer-Ladd presented findings on how relationships impact children’s learning.

 

The relationship of children’s behavior to their academic success is the topic of considerable research in the education profession. At this year’s Benjamin Cluff Jr. Lecture, Gary W. Ladd, EdD, and his wife, Becky Kochenderfer-Ladd, PhD, presented some of their research findings on the subject.

 

The Ladds, who shared the podium at the Cluff Lecture, explained that their findings culminate three separate research endeavors: the Pathways project, the Class Act project, and the 4 R Success project. The first two projects involved observing students for extended periods of time to see how they interacted with peers and teachers, then comparing these interactions with the students’ classroom performance. The Ladds found that social competence—the aptitude children have for successful interactions with teachers and peers—is an important predictor of academic success.

 
 

Researchers Explore Value of Open-Source Textbooks

 

Research team studies benefits of open educational resources for students of all ages.

 

Seeking alternatives to costly traditional textbooks, educational inquiry, measurement, and evaluation (EIME) PhD student Jared Robinson and his team are investigating the use of low-cost open-source materials.

 

Robinson, who has been a teacher, said of his decision to pursue a doctorate degree at the McKay School, “I want to be part of the larger educational discourse, and a degree allows for that.” Robinson has found the chance to join significant educational discourse by participating in a team of five researchers who are exploring the value of open educational resources (OER).