Christina Honeycutt recently presented her research entitled “How Do Commonly Measured Reading Related Constructs Correlate In A Sample of Struggling Readers?” at the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research Conference (SNURCS) held at High Point University November 14, 2015. Christina participated in the High Point University Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI) under the mentorship of Dr. Sarah Vess, Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Specialized Curriculum
Undergraduate research and creative works (URCW) is an inquiry, investigation, or creation produced by an undergraduate student that makes an original contribution to the discipline and reaches beyond the traditional curriculum. Undergraduate research is designed to provide students with the opportunity to deeply develop an advanced understanding of the content within a discipline-specific project in collaboration with a faculty mentor.
Undergraduate Research in the School of Education
It is believed that the practice of research advances a student’s content and pedagogical knowledge as well as stimulates one’s commitment to a philosophy of life-long learning. Students in the School of Education who have participated in undergraduate research have achieved high levels of distinction in their teaching careers and have made a significant impact on the P-12 learners in their classrooms.
Several School of Education faculty are designated as mentors to engage students in areas of research designed to improve the quality of instruction in our nation’s public schools. Topics including STEM, Literacy, Teacher Leadership, Health Education, Technology and Global Education have been presented by students majoring in education at both state and national level conferences.
Students enrolling in undergraduate research have been tracked to monitor their performance during the final internships of the program as well as employability and the general satisfaction of principals with their teaching performance. Besides the advanced understanding of subject matter within the discipline, the skills one develops when engaging in the research process as well as the confidence in presenting this information to others in oral or written form is also critically important for future teaching success.
Mrs. Rachel Lawrence (Sniff), a 2012 middle grades math and science graduate from the School of Education, presented her research on the achievement level scores of students throughout the transition period from elementary to middle school. An emphasis on examining the relationship between student concerns throughout the transition and subsequent achievement levels was investigated. Mrs. Lawrence currently teaches math and science at the Centennial Campus Middle Grades magnet school in Raleigh, N.C. She was selected as a N.C. Kenan Fellow in 2014 and later named as one of the 2015-2016 Emerging Leaders by the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).