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McKay School Faculty Have a Global Impact

Scholars in the McKay School of Education seek to conduct and apply meaningful research that will benefit local students and teachers. Additionally, many projects mature to develop broad application. Faculty members have applied their findings in India, Bulgaria, Guatemala, England, and other areas, and have found that their work has helped influence individuals, schools, and governments across the globe. Here are a few of the many exciting projects in which MSE faculty are engaged:

As an extension of her local work in literacy through SEEL, Barbara Culatta, associate dean of the McKay School, takes an annual trip to Guatemala, representing the McKay School working with the Rose Foundation. She assists teachers and administrators there in their efforts to improve literacy instruction in dual-language schools through implementing ALEER–a Spanish version of the English curriculum called SEEL (Systematic and Engaging Early Literacy).

Steve and Julie Hite direct the McKay School’s Uganda research program, which allows undergraduate students to accompany the Hites and their colleagues on research excursions to Uganda. The students are trained in research methods and encouraged to design and conduct their own research projects in addition to assisting in faculty research. These efforts have resulted in numerous published articles, many of them coauthored by undergraduate students. These achievements open important opportunities for graduate study and later scholarly work.

Timothy Smith recently spent a month Mukono, Uganda, teaching a research methods class in a master’s program in counseling psychology at Uganda Christian University. His work was funded by a Fulbright award from the U.S. Department of State, Office of Cultural Affairs. He will return to continue his work in 2011.

Eula Monroe, professor in the Teacher Education Department, spends portions of her summers on an Indian reservation in Montana, where she assists with the program “Indian Education for All,” which, according to the program website, “is actively committed to developing for all students an understanding of American and Montana Indian people and their histories, as well as fostering respect for their respective cultures.”

David McPherson, a professor in the Department of Communication Disorders, has done work with hearing testing, cochlear implants, and instruction at BYU. His work has grown to influence policymaking in Poland and many other countries. His work has influenced a worldwide initiative for the early screening of infants for hearing problems.

Gordon Gibb, a professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education, spent over a year on sabbatical in India serving as principal of the Peery Matriculation School for Rising Stars. His experiences there influenced not only the students in the school, but their parents who lived in a leper colony nearby. Gibb and his wife helped treat those suffering from this disabling disease.

Macleans Geo-Jaja, a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations, travels all over the globe lecturing, presenting, and consulting on educational poverty and the effects of globalization in Africa. He has made alliances in China, Denmark, Bulgaria, and many African countries.

Wherever their work takes them, faculty members in the McKay School are committed to education and learning, and their contributions aid others in their educational journeys.

6 December 2010