UMass International Ed Team Spearheads Associate Degree Program in Afghanistan
A group of faculty and graduate students at UMass Amherst is beginning to develop a network of associate degree programs in Afghanistan. With an 11.2 million dollar U.S. AID grant, the team is designing administrative and teaching strategies for what will be the country's first ever two-year degree option.
Distinguished University Professor Ronald K. Hambleton received the College of Education’s Award of Distinction, given on special occasions to faculty, alumni or friends of the School in recognition of their significant contribution to the College of Education, to their field of specialization or to the growth and development of their fellow or current students.
Doctoral student Lee McKinnon, Children, Families and Schools concentration, served as guest editor for the Brazelton Institute on-line publication, “Ab Initio International.” This publication is designed to promote the discovery, dissemination and application of knowledge about developmental processes in the first years of life, with a special emphasis on prevention and treatment. This issue includes McKinnon’s interview with T. Berry Brazelton, noted pediatrician, author and developer of the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale.
Roberto G. Barbosa is a visiting scholar who is a doctoral student in science education at the University of Londrina in Brazil. He is the recipient of a full fellowship from the Brazilian government as a part of its Science Without Borders scholarship initiative.
“Handbook of Leadership and Administration for Special Education”, edited by Jean B. Crockett, professor and director of the School of Special Education, School Psychology and Early Childhood Studies at the University of Florida, Bonnie S. Billingsley, professor and chair of the Department of Specialized Education Services at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Mary Lynn Boscardin, professor and chair, department of Student Development, UMass Amherst College of Education, has been published by Routledge.
While here, he will be undertaking a study of the vertically articulated performance standards of Turkish students in terms of learning outcomes which are congruent with the primary education curriculum objectives across the grade levels 4 to 8 in the subject matter areas of Turkish language, mathematics and science and technology. The Turkish Pupil Monitoring System (TPMS) developed by Cito Türkiye for the primary school students meets the need for criterion-referenced assessment of students’ learning outcomes in different subject matter areas.