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...
Anjalé D. Welton's scholarship primarily examines the educational
opportunity structures of students of color from low socioeconomic
backgrounds. Welton examines how institutional and social
structures (race, social class, faculty support, tracking, etc.)
shape the connections students of color make to educational
resources, navigate school and ultimately matriculate to
postsecondary education. Other research areas include
problematizing the politics of race and diversity in school reform
and improvement, underrepresented groups (persons of color and
women) navigating the pipeline to academia, and youth of color
voice and leadership. 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...