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Student Research

Students in the college are actively engaged in research activities that contribute to the knowledge base of education endeavors related to our programs.

Undergraduate Research

Each semester the Department of Curriculum and Instruction hosts an Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Fair to enable undergraduate students in the department to share the research they have conducted over the course of the semester. To engage in a research project an undergraduate student needs to have a research interest and a faculty member to serve in an advisory or collaborative role. These projects can then result in articles or presentations for professional organizations. For more information on how to get involved in research, students must contact their academic advisor.

Curriculum and Instruction Model for Undergraduate Research

"r" research → "R" Research →
Awareness
of Research
Guided Practice
of Research
Conducting
Research
Dissemination
of Research
Developing wisdom of practiceLearning through internship with facultyConducting honors program research and/or action researchAttending professional conferences as presenter
Engaging in systematic analysis of individual practiceAttending conferences as observer with facultyCollaborating research with faculty and students through grants and other creative projectsConducting a poster session presentation
Obtaining knowledge of professional practice (Ex: portfolio)Presenting to faculty (Ex: brown bag events, poster sessions, etc.)Understanding
how to identify a research problem
Conducting K-State research seminar
Fostering intellectual curiosityBecoming a student researcher guided by faculty mentoringConceptualizing
a review of literature
Engaging in professional development through research
Understanding research as basis of practicesParticipating in professional interest groupsUnderstanding a theoretical frameworkSubmitting research
to K-REx website
Becoming a wise consumer of researchAttending professional seminars and colloquiaGaining knowledge of research design and data analysisParticipating in on- or off-campus performance/exhibition
Developing awareness of research Replicating researchWriting for publication
  Writing Institutional Review Board applications 

Model for Undergraduate Research (PDF)

Fall 2019 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Fair

  • Analysis of Teachers’ Perception of Storyline Curricula in Preparing Students for College Level Biology
    • Timmy J. Brill and Mitch H. Saffle, Secondary Biology
      Dr. Kimberly Staples, Faculty Advisor
  • Prescribed Pedagogical Outcomes Versus Real-World Experiences: A Content Analysis of Kansas AFNR Course Competency Profiles
    • Zachary Callaghan, Agriculture Education
      Dr. Gaea Hock, Faculty Advisor
  • 5 Themes of Geography
    • Alexis Carraway, Secondary Social Studies
      Dr. Leah McKeeman, Faculty Advisor
  • Culturally Responsive Lesson: Wedding Attire From Around the World
    • Christina Craig, Secondary Family and Consumer Sciences
      Dr. Leah McKeeman, Faculty Advisor
  • Exploring Social Justice through Picture Books
    • Maddy Ebling and Makenzi Carlgren, Elementary Education
      Dr. Tonnie Martinez, Faculty Advisor
  • Negotiating Student Comprehension of Chemical Bonding Through Simulation, Modulation, and Experimentation
    • Lauren G. Foley, Secondary Chemistry
      Dr. Kimberly Staples, Faculty Advisors
  • Interdisciplinary Art and Spanish Unit
    • Rebekah Hutchison (Jackson), Secondary Spanish
      Dr. Leah McKeeman, Faculty Advisors
  • Translated WWI French Soldier Diary
    • Marie Jackson, Elementary Education
      Dr. Kathleen Antonioli, Faculty Advisor
  • Moving Past the Standard Essay with Michel de Montaigne
    • Michael McCosh, Secondary English
      Dr. Vicki Sherbert, Faculty Advisor
  • Negotiating Increase in Student Comprehension of Biological Concepts Through Conceptual Modeling
    • Allyson M. Miller, Secondary Biology
      Dr. Kimberly Staples, Faculty Advisor
  • Multigenre Projects: Giving Students Choice
    • Tori Mitchell, Secondary Social Studies
      Dr. Suzanne Porath, Faculty Advisor
  • Effect of Phase Modeling on Student Mental Models of States of Matter
    • Samantha M. Pilcher, Secondary Chemistry
      Dr. Kimberly Staples, Faculty Advisor
  • The Effect of Alternating Teachers on Student Learning
    • Tanner S. Ray, Secondary Earth Science
      Dr. Kimberly Staples, Faculty Advisor
  • A Critical Review of EPIC! Reading Application
    • Haley Unruh, Elementary Education
      Dr. Suzanne Porath, Faculty Advisor
  • Analysis of the Effects of Concept Mapping on Student Comprehension and Achievement in Science
    • Jamie A. Waechter, Secondary Chemistry
      Dr. Kimberly Staples, Faculty Advisor
  • The Great Divide: The 5E Lesson versus Digital Learning Curriculum on Middle Level Student Understanding of Plate Tectonics
    • Elizabeth M. Ward, Secondary Earth Science
      Dr. Kimberly Staples, Faculty Advisor
  • Effectiveness of Pictorial Note-Taking for Secondary Students Studying Genetics and Heredity
    • Gabriel C. Younger, Secondary Biology
      Dr. Kimberly Staples, Faculty Advisor

Fall 2019 Senior Art Education Gallery

  • Heather Kolb, Morgan Massey, Lexa McCall, Madelyn Smith, Kennedy Stevens, Courtney Turner, Allison Vermillion, and Allison Walker
    Dr. Trina Harlow, Faculty Advisor

Graduate Research

Each spring semester the Department of Curriculum and Instruction hosts a Graduate and University Partners Research and Creative Activity Fair to enable graduate students and K-12 university partners to share the research they have conducted over the course of the year.

Spring 2019 Graduate and University Partners Research and Creative Activity Fair

Action Research
  • The Impact of Socratic Circles on Civil Discourse
    • Dr. Lisa Bietau, Gifted Facilitator, Anthony Middle School
    • Kim Belanger, Gifted Facilitator, Theodore Roosevelt Elementary
  • Educators' Perceptions of Instructional Coaching
    • Cynthia Emery, Instructional Coach, USD #383
    • Leslie Payne, Instructional Coach, USD #383
  • Check Me Out! Students Using Self-Monitoring to Follow Written Instructions
    • Dr. Casey Ewy, Special Education Teacher, Anthony Middle School
    • Alicia Pecenka, Family and Consumer Science Teacher, Anthony Middle School
  • Inclusive Discourse: Analyzing Students' Self-Confidence About Classroom Discussions
    • Megan Mallon, 5th Grade Teacher, Bluemont Elementary
    • Nicole Merritt, Special Education Teacher, Bluemont Elementary
  • Define, Example Ask: DEA Vocabulary Routines for Elementary Students
    • Dr. Lucas Shivers, Director of Elementary Education, USD #383
  • Do They Want To? Investigating Students' Motivation to Read
    • Todd Spreer, 4th Grade Teacher, Amanda Arnold Elementary
    • Dustin Merritt, KSU Professor of Practice