Five faculty and staff members shared the impact of UT’s work on various communities during a national conference in Omaha, Nebraska, earlier this month. The university also received a national award that recognized a project designed to improve the wellness and disaster readiness of an Appalachian community in Clay County, Kentucky.
Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling News
What works in science and what doesn’t and how do we know? As the academic community faces greater scrutiny from external funders as to how and why research or education programs work, the need for external evaluation has never been more apparent.
WATE Channel 6 recently interviewed Karee Dunn about tips on how parents can help their children deal with the stress of taking the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program exams, or TCAPs. Dunn is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. Watch the story here. WBIR
The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences has named Sarah Colby, assistant professor of nutrition, and Steve McCallum, professor in the Department of Education Psychology and Counseling, as faculty trailblazers as part of Faculty Appreciation Week.
Hollie Raynor and Chris Skinner from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences are working side by side with students to do research that is improving health and education in our community and beyond.
Eighteen percent of the adult population in the US lacks a high school credential. Many go back to school to earn their General Educational Development credential, better known as the GED. Yet, half of those who teach GED programs say they don’t feel prepared to provide reading instruction. Steve McCallum, department head in education psychology and counseling, worked with professors Sherry Bell and Mary Zeigler to develop a test to assess instructors’ knowledge base. Better teachers could mean more GEDs.
East Tennessee third through fifth graders who are struggling in reading will have the chance to improve their skills through a free summer tutoring program offered by UT. The program, which is also a research project, is geared toward children who have completed grades three through five but are reading below grade level. To be eligible, children must have received free or reduced-price lunch during the 2012-2013 school year.
As students across Tennessee prepare to take the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, or TCAPs, parents may be looking for ways to reduce their children’s anxiety and help them to do their best. Steve McCallum, professor and head of the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling, offers some tips for parents hoping to to instill successful test-taking habits in the days leading up to their children taking the assessments.
Honors and awards for UT Knoxville faculty and graduate students.
Chris Skinner, a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling, has received the Senior Scientist Award from the Division of School Psychology, part of the American Psychological Association. The award is the division’s highest level of recognition for excellence in science.