Military-Connected Learners Research
Student and Faculty Research
Recent articles by K-State faculty relating to military-connected students:
- Levin, L., Sherbert, V., & Myers, K. (2014-2015). Will you come home? Using literature to meet the needs of military-connected students. Kansas Journal of Reading, 31, 50-56.
- Risberg, S., Curtis, L., & Shivers, L. (2014). A professional development school partnership in action: Meeting the needs of military-connected students and families. Educational Considerations, 42 (1), 43-48.
- Curtis, L. J. & Risberg, S. L. (2014). Teachers care about military-connected students. On the Move, 8(2), 18-20.
- Curtis (2014). How to support children of military families. NBC Education Nation Parent Toolkit.
Faculty and graduate students have conducted numerous research projects that have expanded understanding of military-connected learners. Examples of doctoral dissertations are:
- Clark, M.L. (2014) Out of combat and into the classroom: How combat experiences affect combat veteran students in adult learning environments.
- Karis, D.G. (2010). Preparing peacekeepers: An analysis of the African contingency operations, training, and assistance program command and staff operational skills course.
- McClary, R.B. (2009). An investigation into the relationship between tolerance of ambiguity and creativity among military officers.
- Shea, K.P. (2010). The effects of combat related stress on learning in an academic environment: A qualitative case study.
A special military edition of New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education was edited by two faculty in the adult education program: J. Zacharakis & C. Polson (Eds.). (2012) New directions for adult and continuing education, Vol. 136: Beyond training: The rise of adult education in the military. San Francisco: Jossey Bass. Faculty and student research included in this volume include:
- Gleiman, A. & Swearengen, S. Understanding the military spouse learner using theory and personal narratives.
- Persyn, J.M., & Polson, C.J. Evolution and influence of military adult education.
- Shea, K.P., & Fishback, S.J. The impact of cumulative combat stress on learning in an academic environment.
- Zacharakis, J. & Van Der Werff, J.A. The Future of Adult Education in the Military.
Faculty and students across the college have presented their work at national conferences or are currently conducting research related to military-connected students. Examples are: in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction have been working on research assessing the strengths and needs of K-12 teachers in serving military-connected students. Representations of this work include:
- Thurston, L.P., Hughey, J., Risberg, S., & Fishback, S.J. (2014). KSU Military ED-OPS: Initiatives at K-State’s College of Education for military and veteran students, teachers, and families. (Presentation at the Council of College and Military Educators Professional Development Symposium)
- Curtis, L. (2013). Supporting military-connected students: Serving those who serve. (Presentation at the Association of Teacher Educators Annual Summer Conference. Washington D.C.)
- Curtis, L. & Risberg, S. (2013). Supporting Military-Connected Students in Classrooms: Strategies for Resiliency. (Research project)
- Mittelberg, J. (2013). Pre-service teachers’ knowledge and perceptions about the needs of military-connected students. (Class project)
- Risberg, S. (2013). K-State’s military-connected student initiatives. (Presentation at the AUSA Military Family Forum)