VANCOUVER, Wash. – Books by Native American authors intended for use by teachers in K-12 classrooms are now available at the WSU Vancouver Library.
The books in the Native American Teaching Library were acquired through a grant to help implement the State of Washington’s Time Immemorial curriculum on Native American history and culture. The books in the Vancouver library were selected to reflect the experiences of young Native American people both past and present.
Shameem Rakha, assistant professor of education at WSU Vancouver, coordinated the selection and purchase of the books. She worked with Roben White of the Native American Elders Council and Karen Diller, library director, to choose a range of books appropriate for primary, middle and high school students. They settled on 17 titles, purchasing multiple copies of each for potential use as class sets. Powell’s Books in Portland, which supplied much of the library, helped locate obscure books and books from small publishers, and provided a discount that enabled Rakha to purchase additional titles.
One example of a book in the Native American Teaching Library is “I Am Not a Number,” a picture book about the boarding school system in the United States and Canada in the late 19th to mid-20th centuries. Rakha considers it relevant to a wide range of experiences in human history. “It’s the story of children taken away from their homes, culture and ways of being, and the horrors this created for them and their parents,” she said.
“Black Elk’s Vision” tells the life story of an Oglala-Lakota medicine man, who lived through the battles of Wounded Knee and Little Big Horn. “House of Purple Cedar” is about a Choctaw girl’s growing up in Indian Territory in pre-statehood Oklahoma.
“It is our goal to support the important work of teaching our children that American Indian people have had a significant impact on American history, and that despite an ongoing genocide, they are still managing to do amazing things today.”
There is no charge for teachers to check out books from the Native American Teaching Library (library cards are free for residents of Southwest Washington). Over the coming year, students in Rakha’s social studies methods classes will add summaries and questions to the books to enhance their utility as teaching materials.
As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations.
A pair of doctoral students in Washington State University’s College of Education have taken two top spots in the annual GPSA Research Expo.
The tandem finished back-to-back in the Arts and Education Sciences division, with Educational Psychology student Rachel Wong finishing first and Language, Literacy, and Technology student Intissar Yahia finishing second.
The Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA) holds the research expo every year (formerly known as The Wiley Research Exposition). This time around, the expo had 192 total submissions with 80 research projects accepted for the event. A crew of 70 judges helped grade poster presentations, and each poster was evaluated by multiple judges.
In addition to the Arts and Education Sciences division, there are six other categories:
Administrative and Information Sciences
Agriculture and Natural Sciences
Arts, Humanities, and Design
Engineering, Physical Sciences and Environmental Science
Medical and Life Sciences
The winner of each category is awarded $700, while the second place gets $500. They also had the chance to attend a special awards luncheon.
Rachel Wong’s research
Title: Emotional Designs in Multimedia Learning: A Meta-Analysis.
Research Summary: Research on multimedia learning has focused predominantly on the cognitive processes to select, organize, and integrate information while also taking into consideration the impact of cognitive demands on these learning processes. In recent years, multimedia learning research has expanded to examine the influence of learners’ affect and motivation on learning, suggesting that affective factors may be as important as cognitive factors on learning.
This meta-analysis examines the effects of emotional designs versus neutral designs on learners’ affective, cognitive and learning outcomes. Results provide a comprehensive understanding of conditions in which emotional designs are effective for enhancing affective, cognitive and learning outcomes. Results from the study provide empirical support for the emotions-as-a-facilitator-of-learning hypothesis and the Cognitive Affective Theory of Learning with Media (CATLM).
Results Summary: Results of this meta-analysis suggest emotional designs may be effective for enhancing learning outcomes, investment of mental effort, positive affect, intrinsic motivation and satisfaction across a wide array of educational levels, settings, testing formats and procedures.
Intissar Yahia’s research
Title: Supporting Equity for International Students at U.S. Universities through Research on Plagiarism
Research Summary: Plagiarism can be defined as taking someone’s else work and claiming it as one’s own. International students in the U.S., particularly those from cultures that do not have the concept of “plagiarism,” are often not aware of the Western idea of plagiarism or how to avoid it. These international students, as Dougan (2018) reported, are more likely to commit unintentional plagiarism compared with their American peers. In other words, plagiarism is prevalent amongst international students” (Bamford & Sergiou, 2005, p.17). However, plagiarism policies in U.S. universities view unintentional and intentional plagiarism equally, and the serious sequences of committing plagiarism could make international students fail a class or even get them expelled from an academic program. Further, faculty in many disciplines are unaware of both why these students might plagiarize and ways to help these students learn strategies to avoid doing so.
I am very honored to be selected as a recipient for the Second Place prestigious GPSA Research Exposition Scholarship for my research on paraphrasing with English Language Learners . My research focus is understanding and developing effective methodology for teaching paraphrasing, which is an effective way to help international students avoid plagiarism. The goals of this research are: 1) to raise faculty awareness of international students’ challenges with paraphrasing/ plagiarism; 2) to develop systematic pedagogic paraphrasing strategies; 3) to test and disseminate these strategies with faculty across the disciplines; and, 4) to promote equity for international students through creating reliable and valid assessment rubrics for paraphrasing. — Intissar Yahia
The following excerpt was taken from WSU Vancouver’s Campus FYI on April 15, 2019.
WSU Vancouver to present top awards at 2019 commencement
WSU Vancouver will present its 2019 awards for advancing equity, research, student achievement and teaching at this year’s commencement ceremony on May 4. Medallions will be presented to the following:
Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Equity—Shameem Rakha, clinical assistant professor of education
The newest Chancellor’s Award, introduced this year, honors a faculty or staff member for helping to infuse equity-mindedness throughout the campus and/or helping to build and maintain a safe, welcoming campus environment. Rakha is just such a person. When students need someone to talk to about a difficult situation, she willingly adds hours to her day to make herself available to listen and provide support and advice. She treats students with respect, validates their experiences and empowers them—and challenges others to think more critically about how to create an equitable experience for all students.
A Washington State University mathematics professor has been recognized by the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) with its 2019 Outstanding Reviewer Award.
Amy Roth McDuffie, who is also the College of Education’s associate dean for research and external funding, was recognized for providing exemplary feedback as part of blinded peer-review of scholarly manuscripts for Mathematics Teacher Educator journal.
“As an associate dean, Amy has done meticulous work in development of strategic documents, internal grant processes, and critiques of external funding proposals,” college dean Mike Trevisan said. “She is analytical, reasoned, and well thought. In addition to my experiences and observations, I have heard the same from upper level administrators throughout the university. This award is a well-deserved honor for Amy and testament to the high-quality work of a consummate professional.”
Roth McDuffie is a well-published scholar in her own right, whose research focuses on teachers’ professional development, as well as equitable teaching practices and curriculum.
She has also served as the series editor for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ Annual Perspectives in Mathematics Education.
She will receive a plaque from the AMTE, as well as be recognized at its annual meeting in Orlando, Florida in February.
Collette Edge wins grand prize for Parkinson’s research
By C. Brandon Chapman – College of Education
Washington State University’s Kinesiology program hosted its 2018 semi-annual Bruya-Wood Undergraduate Research Conference on Nov. 30.
While all presentations were top notch, when all was said and done, Collette Edge won the grand prize for Outstanding Work.
Collette’s research was titled: “Parkinson’s HAAO group fitness to maintain improved motor function post-therapy”.
As Collette presented, there are three main treatment options for Parkinson’s disease, a chronic neuro-degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. Along with their respective pros/cons, they are:
Pharmacology: Effective in early stages, but with hard side effects.
Physical Therapy: Effective short-term, but expensive and time consuming.
Deep brain stimulation: Successful in late stages, but invasive and high-risk.
Using research literature based on high-amplitude therapy, as well as group action-observation therapy, Collette presented something called High-Amplitude Action-Observation (HAAO) group fitness. As a practical application, it includes maximum sustained movements like reaching from floor to ceiling and side to side, as well as repetitive movements like a step-and-reach, rock-and-reach, etc. Unlike physical therapy, because this is a group setting, it offsets some of the high costs.
Collette’s conclusions were:
High amplitude movement and speech, as well as group action-observation therapy, have been proven to decrease symptoms for moderate level Parkinson’s disease progression.
HAAO supports individuals with Parkinson’s by providing post-therapy maintenance of movement/speech and additional increased quality of life through community support.
Collette has been a group fitness instructor for the last 13 years on the Palouse, but went back to school, and will continue on to graduate school in occupational therapy. She said she would like to work in therapy for vulnerable populations such as people with Parkinson’s disease.
We previously hosted Tamara Holmlund on our podcast (Education Eclipse 027 Today’s STEM Education) and she told us about a Next Generation STEM Teacher Preparation project that she and other researchers were working on. This past summer, Holmlund and a colleague from UW Bothell collaborated to put engineering and sustainability into the STEM collaboration she’s been doing for the last five years.
“The outcome was very positive, even beyond the third grade classrooms,” Holmlund said.
The Battle Ground School District featured part of this project in a recent blog post. We republish here:
Pleasant Valley Primary 3rd graders help endangered butterflies
Armed with little more than pencils, clipboards, and their own ingenuity, the third graders in teacher Talea Jones’ class at Pleasant Valley Primary School are working to solve quite the complex problem: how can they, acting as ecologists and designers, help create a healthy habitat to attract and protect endangered Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies to their school grounds?
This fun and scientifically engaging project is part of an annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) collaboration between the third grade classes at Pleasant Valley Primary in Battle Ground Public Schools and the student teachers at Washington State University-Vancouver. The partnership benefits both the district and the university through the practical application of STEM learning. WSU-V students earning their K-8 masters in education degrees visit the PVP campus and act as guest teachers for two hours a week over the two-week course of the project. The specific theme changes from year to year, but always involves a STEM project with a focus on sustainability education, design thinking, and engineering concepts.
“It’s a great opportunity for these young learners to experience a field-based research project,” said guest teacher and WSU-Vancouver student Stephanie Pederson. “Project based learning like this provides students with an engaging experience that is highly valuable and completely authentic.”
Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies were once abundant in the inland prairies of the Pacific Northwest, located west of the Cascade Mountains from British Columbia south through Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Almost two centuries of agriculture and the growth of urban areas has eliminated about 99 percent of the butterflies’ native habitat. As a result, the once abundant Euphydryas editha taylori are now a Washington state-endangered species and listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
To develop a design solution, the students have learned everything they can about the butterflies, including their habitat needs throughout all four stages of their life cycle. The students then learned to identify the native plants that serve as both food and shelter for the Pacific Northwest pollinators before heading out to the great outdoors to identify plants and make field observations in their project notebooks.
After their field books are full of notes and sketches, the young engineers-in-training head back to the classroom so they can start designing solutions that will help protect the butterflies throughout all stages of their life cycles. After creating their designs, the students swap booklets and peer review each other’s’ work, helping to refine their ideas and collaborate on the best, most practical solutions.
“I like that I got to be creative and make something,” said William Johnstone, a student in Mrs. Jones’ class. “Before this project, the only thing I can remember designing in school was a math word problem, so this was really fun.”
The Oregon Zoo began recovery efforts with the Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly in 2003. Zoo staff work to save these delicate pollinators from extinction with partners from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Xerces Society, the Nature Conservancy, as well as several regional universities, zoos, conservation groups, government agencies, and correctional facilities to help protect and supplement wild butterfly populations. More information is available at https://www.oregonzoo.org/conserve/fighting-extinction-pacific-northwest/taylors-checkerspot-butterfly.
In the 2006 documentary film, An Inconvenient Truth, former United States Vice President Al Gore comments on the perils associated with uncritical belief in conventional wisdom (in his case, on global warming) by citing Mark Twain: “What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know. It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.”
The threat is probably overrated. More importantly, as philosopher Slavoj Žižek often says about a range of topics, “it’s a bit more complicated than that.”
Hence, while your blogger traveled to China this summer to teach a course in sport journalism, he probably learned about the Middle Kingdom just as much as the students enrolled in the course did about the fourth estate. Their own version of “fair trade.”
One learning outcome for the visiting lecturer of a course taught to 116 second-year undergraduates pursuing degrees in the English language at Beijing Sport University, or BSU, was that college-aged youth have rather similar interests regardless of the country they live in. During a class discussion, Wu Jingwei, who goes by the “English name” Ekko (pronounced ECK-oh) in courses with non-Chinese instructors, named Taylor Swift as his favorite singer.
However (it’s a bit more complicated… ), for every American pop music fan, there was also a student who consumes quality Western media. Ekko’s classmate Li Zhaoxiang (“James”), a Beijing Guoan F.C. fan, named the Voice of America as his favorite media outlet and regularly updated your blogger on news highlights published by the BBC. Another student, Gao Jianzhu (“Hebe”), had completed an internship with the Beijing Morning Post newspaper and is proud for having seen her pictures published on the outlet’s website.
A second learning outcome was a better understanding of the phrase, “Socialism with Chinese characteristics,” which is the expression used to describe the People’s Republic’s system of political theories and policies. The system involves adopting elements of a market economy to attract foreign investment and increase productivity. As a result, Beijing’s commercial districts are not unlike similar areas in New York, Rome, Cape Town, or other metropolises. An unadventurous traveler could sustain themselves on food from KFC and shop for Nike apparel while sipping Starbucks brews (though they would miss out on a lot).
China is not immune to globalization; rather, it is one of its driving forces. This influenced the decision of some Chinese universities to offer study programs taught entirely in the English language.
This was the third time your Sport Management program’s expert in communication and sport was invited to the university. The course in sport journalism provides students with an introduction to journalism and broadcasting about sport as it is conceived in the United States and Western Europe.
Throughout the 15 lectures, students master the basics of covering sports events, discuss “hard news” topics such as match-fixing and corruption, and even record a short play-by-play broadcast of a game. This equips them with the fundamentals to explore the field at a more advanced level: upon graduation, many students pursue advanced degrees in China or other countries. Some, like Hu Hua (“Sunny”), are already pursuing related degrees and enjoy the course as it provides them with additional insight. Quite a few aspire to become broadcasters or pursue other careers in media. They are among the students who keep in touch upon completion of the course via WeChat, a social media service.
All in all, the visit was successful and BSU invited your blogger to teach the course next spring as well. The two institutions are developing an initiative that would involve student exchanges and year-round collaboration. Additionally, several ideas for research and professional opportunities have emerged during and after the third stay in Beijing. Follow us in the coming months to learn the details.
The invites are a professional and personal achievement. They mark the third continent on which your correspondent has taught a university course, after Slovenia in Europe and the United States in the Americas. Also, teaching in a communist country while working in the foremost capitalist one is an accomplishment that is rarely bestowed to a scholar born in a non-alignedsocialist republic. While the latter country has since crumbled, the values of quality education, collaboration and brotherhood among nations are still passed on by some. Also, the College of Education’s expert on sport communication can keep learning, expanding his horizons and sharing more diverse content and perspectives to students at WSU.
When your blogger returns to BSU next year, perhaps he will finally cross paths with some of the prominent…co-workers who visit the school just days before or after him. In 2017, basketball superstar Yao Ming was appointed honorary president of the university’s China Basketball Academy just days before the Sport Journalism course started. This year, the WSU prof left the day before IOC President Thomas Bach became BSU Honorary Professor.
Even if he does not shake hands with bigwigs, it will be a pleasure to reconnect with many of the students who completed Sport Journalism this and previous years, and meet their peers who will enroll in the course next summer.
Each year, students in the College of Education’s Sport Management program split into small groups and do a fundraiser as part of their capstone. To do this, every aspect of a good sport event has to be utilized, from operations, to legal, to marketing and promotion, etc. Each event is supposed to help raise money for a group or organization the students choose.
Palouse Mental Health Resources Fair
This collaborative event will present the Palouse community with resources available for mental health. The event will take place at the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center (located on the southeast side of campus: 405 SE Spokane Street, Pullman, WA 99164) on Sat., April 7, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The mission of this event is to create awareness of the various resources available while overcoming the stigma surrounding mental health. All event proceeds will be donated to our beneficiary Lynn Kramer of iBelieve of the Palouse. She aims to reach her goal of one million dollars to build a new youth and wellness facility in Pullman, Wash.
In accomplishing this feat, this event will offer three aspects of physical activity; Yoga, Zumba, and Body Pump. Each class will be led by a fully certified trainer. In addition, the event will grant participants social entertainment through carnival-style games as well as a raffle featuring apparel, autographed articles, and other entertainment prizes. The final aspect of the event will encompass the ‘Pie a Professional’. This portion of the event includes a silent auction fundraiser on a panel of WSU celebs, coaches, and well-known members of Pullman. All participants will receive the opportunity to bid in the silent auction fundraiser which will remain open until the final hour of our event. The individual with the highest donation placed will have the pleasure of throwing a pie in the face of the WSU celebrity, coach or member of which they donated towards. Food, refreshments, and snacks will be offered at no-cost in attendance at our event.
“We wanted to do this event because at some point we all hit down times and perseverance,” said sport management student Eddie Chavez, who is helping facilitate the event. “This event is to show that there is help and resources for when you need it and it’s okay to talk about what you are going through, thus eliminating the stigma that mental health has.”