C&I Alum Wins Outstanding Dissertation Award
Dr. Christy Moroye, '07 has just received the American Educational Research Association's Division B (Curriculum Studies) Outstanding Dissertation Award for her dissertation, "Greening Our Future: The Practices of Ecologically Minded Teachers". Dr. Moroye graduated with her doctoral degree from Curriculum and Instruction last spring. She will receive her award at AERA's annual meeting in March.
The American Educational Research Association (AERA), founded in 1916, is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation, and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.
AERA is the most prominent international professional organization, with the primary goal of advancing educational research and its practical application. Its 25,000 members are educators; administrators; directors of research; persons working with testing or evaluation in federal, state and local agencies; counselors; evaluators; graduate students; and behavioral scientists.
The broad range of disciplines represented by the membership includes education, psychology, statistics, sociology, history, economics, philosophy, anthropology, and political science.
About Moroye's dissertation:
"Environmental issues continue to grow in importance in our contemporary society. Many call upon education to ensure that future citizens are well prepared to mediate current and future environmental crises, as well as to nurture humans' relationships with nature. While much research has been done on the types of environmental and ecological education programs that are most effective, a gap still exists between environmental education and traditional public schools; they are not yet integral. This study is intended to provide a bridge between environmental and ecological education and traditional public education by studying the practices of ecologically minded teachers in traditional public schools." (Dissertation Abstract)
Moroye is now an assistant professor at the University of Iowa.