Davis Wins Honors Competition
Congratulations to Early Childhood Education senior Allison Davis, who won the College of Education Senior Honors Presentations. Davis earned the chance to represent the College of Education at the John V. Roach Honors College Boller Competition Finals on Tuesday, Apr. 17, where she received an honorable mention.
Davis is a member of the College’s D.R.I.V.E. student leadership group, the Dean’s Advisory Cabinet and Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society, and received the TCU Pillar of University Leadership award last year.
She completed her honors project under the guidance of faculty mentors, Drs. Michelle Bauml and Robin Griffith. The project focused on the planning and in-the-moment decisions that 12 TCU preservice teachers made during guided reading lessons in Dr. Griffith’s Reading Methods course.
The study findings showed about a 70/30 split in preservice teachers’ use of planned pre-lesson decisions versus in-the-moment decisions, showing that they were prepared to plan and teach guided reading using understanding of components like text selection along with the knowledge of their learners.
“Preservice teachers were capable of making developmentally appropriate teaching decisions when armed with the powerful knowledge of their learners,” Davis said in her presentation.
Senior Honors Presentations:
- Allison Davis, Early Childhood Education
- How Preservice Teachers Use Learner Knowledge for Planning and In-the-Moment Teaching Decisions During Guided Reading
- Lead Mentors: Dr. Michelle Bauml and Dr. Robin Griffith
- Erin Dianis, Early Childhood Education
- Strategies for Enhancing Family-Professional Partnership within Schoolwide Models of Behavior Support
- Lead Mentor: Dr. Kathleen Strickland-Cohen
- Hannah Heurlin, Early Childhood Education
- Preparing Educators to Implement the P.O.E.M.S. Framework of Multiple Strategy Comprehension Instruction
- Lead Mentor: Dr. Endia Lindo
- Chandler Hefter, Early Childhood Education
- Upper Elementary Reading Instruction: Separating Theory from Practice
- Lead Mentor: Dr. Michael Fagella-Luby
Special thanks to Dr. Amber Esping, coordinator of the Honors program in the College of Education.