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Friday, April 30, 2010
Contact David Tisdale, 601.266.4499   

This briefs package highlights newsmakers and events from The University of Southern Mississippi College of Education and Psychology, including publication and presentation of research by its faculty. For more information on any of the stories below or for assistance in arranging interviews, contact the Department of Marketing and Public Relations at 601.266.4491. 

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                                 Online Teacher Education Programs Focus of Study by Daves, Roberts

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Dr. David Daves, chairman of The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education, and Dr. Jalynn G. Roberts, evaluation specialist with the Southern Miss Office of Institutional Effectiveness, had their article ‘Online Teacher Education Programs: Social Connectedness and the Learning Experience”  accepted for publication by the Journal of Instructional Pedagogies.

The article examines the results of a study that tested for statistically significant differences between students in online and traditional (face-to-face) teacher education programs with their perceptions of social connectedness, and satisfaction with their learning experiences at a research-intensive institution in the southern U.S. 

Data were collected from participants using an online questionnaire that measured students’ perceptions in both program formats. The results of the study indicated that students in both program formats had similar perceptions of their social connectedness and satisfaction with their learning experiences.

Morgan’s Research Focus of Article in International Education Publication

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Focus on Elementary, a publication of the Association of Childhood Education International (ACEI) recently featured an article by Dr. Hani Morgan, assistant professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education, titled “Teaching with the interactive whiteboard: An engaging way to provide instruction.”

Morgan’s areas of research and interest include social foundations of education; international education; curriculum and teaching; multicultural education; curriculum and teaching; social foundations of education; and social studies education.

Pickering Published in Prominent Criminology Journal

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – An article co-authored by Dr. Lloyd E. Pickering, an assistant professor in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Child and Family Studies, titled “Does family process mediate the effect of religiosity on adolescent deviance: Revisiting the notion of spuriousness,” was recently published in the journal Criminal Justice and Behavior, ranked third among journals in the field of criminology.

One of Pickering’s primary research areas includes protective factors against adolescent deviant behavior, particularly family process and religiosity as deterrents to deviance. His other areas of research focus on the impact of environment on learning, the use of videoconferencing technology in enhancing classroom teaching, and learning and developmental issues associated with home-schooling. He has also engaged in cross-national comparative research. 

             Ward Meets with Puerto Rico Education Leader

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Dr. Michael Ward, an associate professor in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Educational Leadership and School Counseling, travelled with a team of five former state superintendents/commissioners of education representing the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) to Puerto Rico in February. Ward is a former North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction. 

Ward and the group, known as NAEP Ambassadors, met with Puerto Rico’s new secretary of education Odette Piniero to discuss progress toward administering mathematics assessments in Spanish. Each year the group travels abroad to meet with education leaders, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education, to gain new perspectives and a sense of trends regarding NAEP initiatives and student assessment issues.

About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities.  In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world.  Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at


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