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Graduate Student Research

Carmen Brysch

Carmen Brysch is currently working on the Grosvenor Center project, Geography: Teaching with the Stars. This is a video-based series of professional development programs for teachers. Her current research is analyzing and evaluating teachers' perceptions of Stars as an avenue of professional development and how it compares to face-to-face professional development. Geography rules!
Carmen Brysch

Cheryl Frazier

Cheryl Frazier is currently serving as Grosvenor Scholar at National Geographic in Washington, D.C. She is also conducting research on models of delivery for geography teacher professional development, with an emphasis on how teachers implement in their classrooms what they have learned.
Cheryl Frazier

Larry Kleitches

Larry Kleitches’s current research involves media and geographic education. More specifically, it involves the influence of media on geographic comprehension in light of test scores that have leveled off in recent years. This influence will be examined through geographic portrayals in popular media and surveys.
 

Mary Curtis

Mary D. Curtis' dissertation research consists of two phases. Phase one is an assessment of high school geography teachers' current rate of adoption of the use of geospatial technology using Everett Rogers' innovation-decision process stages. In phase two, the work of Mishra and Kohler is used to determine whether teachers who have gained more technological, pedagogical and content-knowledge from their professional development experiences are more likely to adopt and use geospatial technology to teach geography to high school students.
Mary Curtis
 

Michael Scholz

Michael Scholz’s research assesses students’ performance on AP Human Geography (APHG) exams and evaluates factors impacting those performances. Research to date on APHG has informed geography education on participation, opportunities and teaching techniques. An analysis of performance on APHG exams could provide some insights for administrators, teachers and counselors in their implementation of the APHG program and help students improve performance on APHG exams.
Scholz