Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum & Instruction, August 2008. The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio (http://www.utoledo.edu/index.html)
Dissertation title: The Effects of Constructivist Classroom Contextual Factors in a Life Science Laboratory and a Traditional Science Classroom on Elementary Students’ Motivation and Learning Strategies
Master of Education, Elementary & Early Childhood Education, May 2001. The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio.
Bachelor of Education, Elementary Education, March 1993. The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio.License
Current State of Ohio Teaching License (Grades 1-8); Generalist (http://www.ode.state.oh.us/GD/Templates/Pages/ODE/ODEDefaultPage.aspx?page=1)Line of inquiry
Research on the effects constructivist classroom contextual factors have on student motivation and learning strategy use. Investigations of innovative strategies, techniques, and methods to facilitate learning environments that will ignite motivation and stimulate learning strategy use in a manner that will positively transform students’ experience of education within the classroom and enable students to then transfer that experience to their life out in the “real world”.