Morgridge faculty and students, along with our partners in the community, regularly present original, boundary-pushing research. We strive to continuously and meaningfully contribute to local, national and global conversations related to education, societal change and more. Below, you'll find a collection of presentations led by Morgridge researchers. To see more of Morgridge’s contributions, explore our recent publications.

  • MCE Community Member 2016 AERA Presentations
    • The Roles of Transfer and Forgetting in the Persistence and Fadeout of Early Childhood Mathematics Interventions
      Douglas H. Clements, PhD; Julie Sarama, PhD
      Sat, April 9: 10:35am-12:05pm, Convention Center, Level Two, Exhibit Hall D
      • Drs. Clements and Sarama will present their research on how the fadeout effect can be explained by a treatment-control difference during the forgetting of mathematics knowledge. They will present their findings on the fadeout of academic intervention impacts using the OLS probability regression analysis. Results indicate that while it is not the primary contributor of the fadeout, it is a significant contributor. It was found that the magnitude of this treatment-control difference in forgetting accounts for about 28% of the size of the fadeout effect of an early mathematics intervention.
    • Evaluating a Revised Developmental Progression for Volume Measurement—Kindergarten Through Grade 2
      Douglas W. Van Dine, PhD
      Sat, April 9: 10:35am-12:05pm, Convention Center, Level Two, Exhibit Hall D
      • Dr. Van Dine will present his research, which used Rasch modeling, on developmental progressions for filling, packing, building and comparing volume measurement for Kindergarten through Grade 2. Van Dine will also present results, which indicate support that the developmental progressions are valid.
    • Academics in the Earliest Years of Formal Schooling: Building Evidence for Policy and Practice
      Douglas H. Clements, PhD; Julie Sarama, PhD
      Sat, April 9: 2:15-3:45pm, Convention Center, Level One, Room 146 A
      • This session explores a range of policy questions related to preschool and kindergarten. Faculty will present papers which explore questions related to academic and non-academic time in the earliest years of school as well as the effects of policy changes and interventions on a range of important student outcomes.
    • Technology & Transformation: Two Professors’ Experience Teaching Online for the First Time
      Norma Hafenstein, PhD; Nicole Joseph, PhD
      Saturday, April 9: 4:05-5:35pm, Convention Center Level Two, Exhibit Hall B
      • Drs. Hafenstein and Joseph will report the findings of a faculty self-study research they conducted to document and analyze their first-time experiences teaching in a virtual environment, including prior expectations, professional development, and the transferability of face-to-face pedagogical techniques and strategies.
    • Elliot Eisner SIG Business Meeting
      P. Bruce Uhrmacher, PhD (Meeting Chair)
      Saturday, April 9: 6:15-7:45pm, Convention Center Room 159A
      • In this meeting—chaired by Dr. Uhrmacher—Dr. Joel Westheimer will discuss the relationships between the work of Elliot Eisner and the 2016 Annual Meeting theme, “Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies.” Attendees will have input into the direction of the SIG as we discuss a variety of business matters.
    • Eisner in Mind: Fresh Perspectives on Inquiry and Education
      P. Bruce Uhrmacher, PhD (Session Chair)
      Sunday, April 10: 10:35am-12:05pm, Convention Center Room 153
    • Assessing and Increasing Novice Teachers’ Efficacy in Working with Families
      Kirsten Hermanutz; Gloria Miller, PhD
      Monday, April 11: 7:45-9:15am, Convention Center Room 141
      • Hermanutz and Dr. Miller will share their recently completed study to examine novice teachers’ self-reported efficacy, a factor affecting the attrition rate of novice teachers. Results are tied to specific field experiences enhancing novice educators’ efficacy about working with families and lessen the likelihood of leaving the field.
    • Discovery-Based STEM Learning 2.0: Are We There Yet?
      Douglas H. Clements, PhD (Presentation Chair)
      Monday, April 11: 7:45-9:45am, Marriott Marquis Level Two Salon 12
      • Approaching the centennial of Dewey’s ‘Democracy and Learning,’ presenters will appraise whether the field has realized John Dewey’s vision of meaningfully situated learning by establishing their contribution in a design study of STEM cognition and instruction.
    • A Rasch Analysis of the Current Opioid Misuse Measure for Chronic Pain Patients
      Lilian Chimuma; Kathy E. Green, PhD; Courtney Morris
      Monday, April 11: 11:45am-1:15pm, Marriott Marquis Level Two Salon Four
      • Chimuma, Dr. Green and Morris will present results of using the Current Opioid Misuse Measure—used by clinicians—to monitor patients on long-term opioid therapy, using the Rasch model for dimensionality and scale use. They will discuss the results in detail, including suggestions for measure revision and future research.
    • Many-Faceted Rasch Measurement: Assessing Rater Errors in Performance Assessment
      Priyalatha Govindasamy; Kathy Green, PhD; Jessica Lerner, EdS; Maria del Carmen Salazar, PhD
      Monday, April 11: 2:45-4:15pm, Marriott Marquis Level Two Salon Four
      • The presentation of this paper will address the teacher supervisors (raters) potential errors through Many Faceted Rasch Measurement (MFRM), a complex process in which raters tend to introduce errors that are not attributed to the actual ratees’ performance.
    • The Design & Implementation of an Evaluation Model for Equitable & Effective Teaching
      Priyalatha Govindasamy; Kathy Green, PhD; Jessica Lerner, EdS; Maria del Carmen Salazar, PhD
      Tuesday, April 12: 12:25-1:55pm, Convention Center Level Three Ballroom B
      • Govindasamy, Dr. Green, Lerner and Dr. Salazar will describe the development, implementation, analysis and results of a research study to design a preservice teacher evaluation tool known as the Framework for Equitable and Effective Teaching (FEET)—and will assess rater bias, analyze measures of reliability and validity, and identify implications for revising the evaluation model and training for supervisors.


  • RMECC 2016

    The Morgridge College of Education (MCE) had a substantial presence at the 2016 Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference, which was held in Denver and attracted over 2,500 participants. Faculty from the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program, Kennedy Institute, and Marsico Institute were all in attendance along with Students from several MCE programs. MCE faculty and students presenting included:

    • Julie Sarama, Ph.D – MCE Faculty and Kennedy Endowed Chair in Innovative Learning Technologies
    • Douglas H. Clements, Ph.D – MCE Faculty and Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning
    • Jeanine Coleman, Ph.D – ECSE Clinical Assistant Professor
    • Pilyoung Kim, Ph.D – Assistant Professor at DU’s School of Art, Humanities and Social Science
    • Rachel Schiff-Gray – ECSE Alumni
    • Heather Blizzard – RMS Graduate Student
    • Laura Dietert – CI Graduate Student
    • Ksenia Polson – RMS Graduate Student
    • Jessica Carswell – ECSE MA Student
    • Tara Brand – ECSE MA Student
    • Katie Belleau – ECSE MA Student
    • Brita Strub – ECSE Cert Student
    • Hazuki Tochihara – ECSE Alumni

    Drs. Clements and Sarama were the keynote speakers for the conference alongside Dr. Bob Sornson, Founder of the Early Learning Foundation. They started the Saturday morning conference with their presentation on early math education, setting the stage for the rest of the event.

    “A few of the teachers in the audience commented that they could not wait to share what they had learned,” said Heather Blizzard, a Ph.D student in the Research Methods and Statistics (RMS) program. Blizzard presented on the effects of teaching geometry to young children alongside her peers Laura Dietert and Ksenia Polson.