Chair Deborah Lowe Vandell reviewed 2008-2009 department accomplishments during her Fall 2009 State of the Department address to faculty, staff, students, and guests. Among achievements noted were the following:
The Department of Education Leadership Council met at the end of October to discuss research, education, and community connections that promote successful transition to post-secondary education.
RESEARCH. Assistant Professor Thad Domina discussed his research project entitled "Race Neutrality and Educational Inequality: The Effects of Affirmative Action Bans," funded by the American Educational Research Association. In the 1990s, several U.S. states prohibited public colleges from considering race in admissions. To understand the consequences of affirmative action bans, Dr. Domina compared the changes in racial inequality that occurred between 1992 and 2004 in states that banned affirmative action, with the changes in racial inequality that occurred elsewhere in the U.S. during the same time period. His analyses indicated that in addition to broadening racial inequalities in selective college access, affirmative action bans reduce minority high school students' educational expectations, AP test-taking odds, and skill acquisition. These findings suggest that
EDUCATION. Assistant Professor Leticia Oseguera discussed the UC/ACCORD Pathways to Postsecondary Education+ (PSE+) grant. Funded by the Bill and Melina Gates Foundation, the project is a UC-coordinated, multi-method study of 16-26 year olds who are not on-track to attain a post secondary credential with value in the labor market. Project outcomes will include synthesis of existing research, analysis of data from national surveys, and community case studies. Objectives are to
Dr. Oseguera (and her co-PI, Cynthia Feliciano) are primarily responsible for the national dataset analyses.
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS. Sharon Salinger, Dean of the Division of Undergraduate Education, presented an overview of UCI undergraduates. Among the information shared were the following:
The Leadership Council will meet next in Spring 2010 to discuss science and math education.
Ph.D. students who entered in 2008 discussed their first year research findings during the DoE Fall 2009 Poster Presentation. Areas of student research encompassed a broad range of topics in the three Ph.D. specializations: Learning, Cognition, and Development; Educational Policy and Social Context; and Language, Literacy, and Technology. During the two-hour formal presentation, students gave brief overviews of their research findings and then answered questions posed by faculty, staff, and students from the department and guests from other university departments and the surrounding community. Posters remained on display through the presentation week, and selected posters subsequently were placed on display on the second and third floors of the Education building. Poster presentation week is a yearly event and one of the benchmark activities of the Ph.D. program designed to encourage conference presentation during a student's second year of doctoral study.
Dissertation: Chicanas/Latinas in Higher Education
Current Position: Retired Lecturer, California State University, Los Angeles and Pacific Oaks College
Dissertation: Unconventional Learning: How Perceiving Students Succeed in College
Current Position: Nursing Counselor & Nursing Retention Specialist, College of the Canyons, Santa Clara
Dissertation: Pre-Service Teachers' Reflections on Their Own Mathematics Teaching
Current Position: Director of Teacher Education and Student Affairs, Department of Education, UC Irvine
Dissertation: The Acting Advantage: University Actor Training as a Conduit for Creativity in Undergraduates
Current Position: Lecturer, UCI Department of Drama, Claire Trevor School of the Arts
Dissertation: The Exploration of Spirituality as a Means of Coping and Persistence in African American Female College Students
Current Position: Counselor, Cerritos College
Dissertation: Principal Leadership Behaviors that Create a Culture of Excellence: An Independent Charter School Case Study
Current Position: Pivot Inc. Educational Consultant and Coach, Retired Principal: Orange County School of the Arts
Dissertation: Black Ice: How African American EOPS Students Experience the Academic Storm at Caiifornia Community Colleges
Current Position: Dean of Student Support Services, Cypress College
Dissertation: A Comparison of Two Supplementary Curricula in 8th Grade Social Studies Classes: Impact on Writing and Geographic Understanding
Current Position: Principal, Madrona Middle School, Torrance Unified School District
Dissertation: California English Language Development Test: Does It Measure Up?
Current Position: Principal, Charles W. Bursch Elementary School, Compton, California
Dissertation: A Case of Black Male: Overrepresentation of African American Males in Special Education as Emotionally Disturbed
Current Position: Assistant Principal, Henry Clay Middle School, Los Angeles Unified School District
Dissertation: Student Engagement Among Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Youth: Mexican Descent Youth in an American High School
Current Position: Dean of Student Affairs, Santa Ana College