M Cecil Smith, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education and Professor of Learning Sciences in the College of Education and Human Services, is currently or has recently co-directed several research projects. His research team is investigating correlates of adults’ literacy proficiencies and practices analyzing data from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies. (See CV for links to research reports and publications resulting from this project).
From 2008-11, Smith co-directed a study of students’ subjective experiences during instruction in high school science classrooms. This project, called Science-in-the-Moment, was funded by a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation (2008-11). This study generated a substantial database consisting of classroom videos, teacher interviews, and student responses to instruction. These data are available to investigators for secondary analyses.
Another project was devoted to developing and testing the efficacy of an online cognitive tutor, REsearchMentor©. This tutorial was designed to help education and applied social sciences students learn research methods (for thesis and dissertation research). The REsearchMentor© project was funded by a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation (2008-11).Recognitions:
M Cecil Smith has been appointed as editor of the 2020 Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education, a project of the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE). Every ten years since the 1930s, AAACE has produced an edited handbook that addresses contemporary issues, and research and practice in the field of adult and continuing education.
Smith is a member of the first five-person editorial team in the 90-year history of AAACE’s decennial Handbook. It is a highly diverse group of editors, consisting of U.S. and international scholars whose individual disciplines – adult education, human resource development, educational psychology, and economic and workforce development—represent much of the philosophical, theoretical, and methodological diversity of AAACE itself. Professor Smith, a nationally known expert on adults’ literacy skills and practices, has previously edited five books and handbooks on adult literacy, adult learning and development, and teaching educational psychology.
The editors plan to develop a handbook for the field that will emphasize emerging theoretical perspectives, philosophies of practice, broad interdisciplinary, epistemological, and methodological approaches to adult and continuing education. Among the chapters will be those that identify and describe adult learner populations that have been previously invisible, unexamined, or marginalized by policymakers and educators, including homeless adults and migrant populations.