My past research projects have included: ethnographic studies of
early schooling; studies of the schooling of marginalized young
children; studies of culture and pedagogy; and the use of
qualitative methodology, particularly with young kids. My current
projects include ta book looking at cultural influences on practice
in Japanese preschools; investigations of quality in early
childhood programs; cross-cultural view of good pedagogy. more information...
My research foci vary between applied measurement (standardized
testing, generalizability theory, item response theory) and
statistical modeling (structural equation modeling, hierarchical
linear models), with special interest in applications to
longitudinal data. The most recent manifestations of these
interests have been a study of the relationship between scores from
constructed response and multiple choice test items, on the one
hand, and growth curve models for longitudinal data. more information...
Anjalé D. Welton's scholarship examines the politics of equity in
school reform and improvement. More specifically, she explores how
K-12 leaders consider issues of equity when designing and
implementing federal, state, and local policies. Dr. Welton is
especially concerned about how shifting social-political contexts
influence how school leaders dialogue about race and diversity in
their school improvement decisions. Other research areas related to
equity include college readiness and access, especially for
students of color, and the role of student voice and activism in
school improvement efforts. . more information...
Ian Westbury’s current program of research focuses on state-level
curriculum-making and educational decision-making. He is completing
a cross-national study of state-based curriculum-making in
Illinois, Finland, Norway, Germany, and Switzerland and a study of
the management of the NCLB supplemental services program by the
Illinois State Board of Education. more information...
My research interests are drawn from critical theory and applied to
the history of literacy, trends and issues in reading research
preservice literacy education. My research projects have focused
on: the application of a critical pedagogy in preservice teacher
education courses that use multicultural literature, the history of
African American Literacy, and a critical history of literacy in
the United States. My current projects include a naturalistic study
of a critically framed preservice literacy course and a
ethnohistorical study of the Calhoun Colored School. more information...