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Albertson College Students Present Research at National Education Conference

2004. 11. 03.

CALDWELL (Idaho) -- Three students and an instructor from the Albertson College education department recently had the honor of presenting their research at a national education conference. Students Sarah Braun, Christina Cabrera, and Angela Harris along with instructor Debra Yates presented their research entitled 'Duckies on the Bourgeois Pond: A Critical Look at the Charter Schools Movement' at the 2004 Curriculum and Pedagogy Conference at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, a conference that focuses on reassessing and reevaluating curriculum.

The research for 'Duckies on the Bourgeois Pond' began last spring in a class called 'Current Trends in Education.' In the class, Yates divided up the class into small groups and gave them the assignment to research a charter school. The students began to look at the discrepancies and differences between public and charter schools. At the end of the semester, they compiled their findings and presented them to their peers. Braun, Cabrera, and Harris researched a charter school in Boise. Their presentation focused on the exclusivity of the school, and ways it could be made more accessible and inclusive.

'They really started asking key, critical questions,' said Yates.

Yates was so impressed with the students' work that she decided to submit the paper to the 5th annual Curriculum and Pedagogy Conference. The proposal was peer reviewed, and they were accepted to be part of the conference.

'This is quite an honor for undergraduate students. Usually only doctoral students are accepted to attend the conference,' said Yates.

Albertson College of Idaho is the state's oldest private, residential liberal arts and sciences institution. With an average class size of 15, students receive personal attention from faculty members dedicated to teaching. The college has recently received several honors including being named the best value in college education by Money magazine. Albertson College of Idaho is located in Caldwell, Idaho- 25 miles from Boise.

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