Excellence in Teaching and Research Forum

Posted: November 21, 2016 12:00:00 AM CST

The COE Forum held the last fall session on Nov. 18th and featured a group of Teacher Education faculty presenting on the topic of invitational Education.

Faculty at the November UNK COE Excellence in Teaching and Research FormDr. Stathene Varvisotis, Dr. Jude Matyo-Cepero and Dr. Jane Ziebarth Bovil presented a book chapter on using Invitational Education tenets in Teacher Education core activities such as teaching, research and advising and how teachers can use Invitational Education strategies to create a positive atmosphere during IEP meetings in school settings.

Dr. Glenn Tracy presented on International Undergraduate Students and how Invitational Education framework can help maximize the experience of international faculty and students at UNK.

Invitational Education Theory claims that learning is enhanced when learners are positively encouraged or ‘invited’ into the educational experience (Haigh, 2011). Based on perceptual and self-concept theory, Invitational Pedagogy is founded on four principles: respect, trust, optimism and intentionality, and upon five pillars: people, places, policies, programs and processes. Invitational Education addresses learning environments as applied in teacher preparation programs and counselors (Haigh, 2011).

Forum Spring Sessions

The Forum will resume in the spring beginning on Friday, January 27th at 11:00 am in COE B154. This event is free and open to UNK community. Speakers will be announced early January. Join us for fellowship on teaching and research and meet new UNK colleagues.

Call for Presentations

We're requesting presentation proposals for the spring.  Please consider sharing your teaching successes, tips, etc. and/or your creative research project. Please submit your presentation information using this online form. We look forward to receiving your contributions.

If you have any questions, please contact Matt Mims or Martonia Gaskill

By: Martonia Gaskill, Ph.D.

Category: Education

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