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Kelly and Godley Team Up for NSF Grant

Published on 9/21/2017 5:54:00 PM

Sean Kelly, an associate professor in Department of Administrative and Policy Studies and Amanda Godley, a professor in Department of Instruction and Learning, have received funding of $236,928 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support new research on teacher discourse analytics.

The project is a collaborative research effort with computer scientists at the University of Colorado-Boulder and California State University-Chico to investigate the use of a fully automated system of teacher observation to facilitate teachers’ professional development and enhance student literacy outcomes.

The project emphasizes how high-quality observations can be used to promote reflective practice and instructional change in classroom discourse.

Existing models of instructional improvement rely primarily on global ratings of teacher performance using in-person observations, whereas the proposed study hypothesizes cyber-enabled technology can empower teachers themselves to constantly refine their own instruction by providing immediate and objective feedback on classroom instruction.

To carryout research and development efforts, Kelly and Godley have partnered with the Tri-State Area School Study Council, a professional development network of over 100 school districts, intermediate units, vocational-technical schools, dioceses, colleges, and private schools in western Pennsylvania. Tri-State is led by School of Education faculty member Dr. Diane Kirk.


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