By Josh Duke | September 10, 2018 | Posted in: Faculty News
September 28, 2018
Phil Hiver, assistant professor of Foreign and Second Language Education, co-authored a study titled “Genre-based L2 writing instruction and writing-specific psychological factors: The dynamics of change” in the Journal of Second Language Writing. Through longitudinal cluster analysis, the authors first identified distinct initial profiles for the middle school L2 learners who were part of the study. Then, using time series analysis, they traced key patterns of change for these students. The results showed that over the course of genre-based L2 writing instruction, students experienced elevated levels of writing-specific anxiety but were also able to develop a stronger capacity for self-regulation and to sustain and consolidate their self-efficacy. This study suggests that psychological factors exert considerable influence on how learners exploit the learning opportunities provided through L2 writing instruction. The authors argue that a targeted L2 writing pedagogy can encourage collaborative meaning-making and enable L2 learners to develop subject-specific competence.
September 13, 2018
Steven Pfeiffer, professor of Educational Psychology & Learning Systems, was elected as president of the American Academy of School Psychology (AASP). AASP is a key organization in the development and maintenance of the practice of school psychology. More information about the organization can be found on their website.
September 13, 2018
Lyndsay Jenkins, assistant professor of School Psychology, will be a guest speaker at the 2018-2019 Colloquium Series at the University at Buffalo North Campus on October 4 at 11:30 AM. Jenkins’ talk is titled “Understanding Bystander Behavior in Bullying and Peer Victimization: A Case for Encouraging Multiple Forms of Bystander Actions.” The event is free and is a brown bag lunch, with light refreshments provided.
September 7, 2018
Martin Swanbrow Becker, assistant professor of Psychological and Counseling Services in the Educational Psychology and Learning Systems Department, will be the keynote speaker for “Society, Seniors & Suicide,” a special event in Tallahassee. The event takes place on October 2 at the Tallahassee Senior Center. On top of Becker’s presentation, the event will feature a Q&A panel, exhibitors, door prizes, and more.