November 17 2015
Recently, seven Elmira College education students presented their research at the New York State Reading Association’s Annual Conference in Saratoga Springs. This marks the second year Dr. Deborah Owens, Associate Professor of Literacy, accompanied Erin Filupeit ’16, Beth Ogden ’16, Tyler Tarnowicz ’16, and Stephanie Tock ’16 to present at the NYSRA Conference. This year, they were joined by EC’s teacher education club TEACH members Nikki Wadlington ’16, Michaela Johnson ’17, and Megan Fitzgerald ’18 in a presentation entitled “The Hundred Languages of Children: Art, Literacy, and the Curriculum.”
As part of this presentation, students discussed a research project that began more than 18 months ago with Dr. Owens in the use of teaching strategies that incorporate inquiry methodology as well as critical literacy strategies in K-12 classrooms. The important role of art was highlighted as one of the ways students can express what they are learning. The presentation included a theatrical reading of the poem The Hundred Languages by Loris Malaguzzi, an original reader’s theater performance entitled The Rock Hats, and a gallery walk of artistic expressions of curriculum from elementary, middle school, and high school classrooms.
In addition to presenting at the NYSRA conference, EC students were able to attend other sessions and learn from experts in the field of literacy education, including the research poster session in which three graduate students from EC’s Graduate Literacy program, Christian Bruce ’14, Stephanie Spinos ’14, and Natasha Wagner ’14, presented their thesis research.