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Faculty Research Spotlights
Robert A. Waterson, Ph.D.
For Waterson, who has dedicated his life to social studies, his research as
well as his experiences has led him to the conclusion that in-depth
civics education in schools is one of the ways students become good
citizens. In becoming a teacher of curriculum, he witnessed the
reserve side social studies, finding that many pre-service teachers
often viewed their social studies assignments as just something to
get through. He concluded that the ideals espoused by Americans started
with civics educations, and that pre-service teachers must first be
empowered before they can, in turn, empower their students to be active
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Kristin Moilanen, Ph.D.
As a high school student, Dr. Kristin Moilanen wondered what
led some of her peers to engage in risky behaviors while others chose not to. This question led her to pursue degrees
in developmental psychology and become a “scholar of adolescence,” as she puts
it, and it has been the driving force of her research ever since, as she has
strived to uncover developmental predictors for risky behaviors in adolescents
and young adults.
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Jeffrey Carver, Ph.D.
After several years teaching chemistry, physics and physical science
in high schools in IL, Carver thought teaching post-secondary science
courses would be his career path. While pursuing his doctorate, a change
in the program required that he transition his Ed.D. in Curriculum
& Instruction from an area of emphasis in post-secondary education
to an area of emphasis in teacher education. Since then, he has made
his career instructing future science educators and conducting research
in the improvement of teaching and learning in science.