LaVonya Bennett Presents at APA 2018

MOVELab Member LaVonya Bennett presents at APA 2018

LaVonya Bennett, along with Ben Heddy, presented at the 2018 American Psychological Association Convention with their research on police brutality and the role insidious trauma. They explored this phenomenon through critical race theory and an intersectionality theoretical frameworks.   Abstract Existing literature has explored the actions and perceptions of police (Chaney & Robertson, 2013; Aymer, 2016; Hall, Hall, & Perry, 2016, Staggers-Hakim, 2016), the effects of oppression (Comas-Diaz, 2000), and racial trauma (Carter, 2007; Comas-Diaz, Read more…

Science classroom

New Publication – Conceptual Change in Science Teaching and Learning: Introducing the Dynamic Model for Conceptual Change

Dr. Ben Heddy along with Louis S. Nadelson, Suzanne Jones, Gita Taasoobshirazi, and Marcus Johnson have published an article titled “Conceptual Change in Science Teaching and Learning: Introducing the Dynamic Model of Conceptual Change” in the International Journal of Educational Psychology.  Abstract Conceptual change can be a challenging process, particularly in science education where many of the concepts are complex, controversial, or counter-intuitive.  Yet, conceptual change is fundamental to science learning, which suggests science educators and Read more…


New Publication – Developing and Validating a Conceptual Change Cognitive Engagement Instrument

Dr. Heddy and MOVElab member John Chancey have published an article in Frontiers in Education titled Developing and Validating a Conceptual Change Cognitive Engagement Instrument along with Gita Taasoobshirazi of Kennesaw State University and Robert W. Danielson of Washington State University. Abstract Conceptual change (CC) occurs when learners move from a misconception to a scientifically accepted conception (Heddy et al., 2017). Many researchers agree that deep cognitive engagement is integral to facilitating conceptual change (Sinatra, 2005). Although conceptual Read more…

Ben and Jacqueline after Jacquelin's Dissertation defense

Dissertation Defended!

MOVElab member Jacqueline Goldman successfully defended her dissertation April 25th, 2018. Congratulations Dr. Goldman! We wish you all the best as you head on to your next chapter at Delta State.


MOVElab Members present research at AERA

Members of MOVElab recently presented research at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association and the 2018 NCIC conference. MOVElab members Alexandra Stroukoff, John Chancey, and Jacqueline Goldman gave 5 presentations between them, including:  Making Brain Food: Photosynthesis and Authenticity. A. Stroukoff, B. Heddy, S. Wilson,  L. Williams, L. Atkinson, & G. Garn. We investigated the impact of specific authentic teaching strategies on students’ achievement emotions. We found that authentic teaching strategies Read more…


MOVElab Members take on NYC

In April, three members of MOVElab along with Dr. Benjamin Heddy had the opportunity to attend the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association and the NCIC National Conference. Attendance at national conferences is a key part of graduate student experiences. Conference attendance offers opportunities to network with potential employers and collaborators, professional development, and chances to connect with the greater research community (Gardner & Barnes, 2007). MOVElab members Alexandra Stroukoff, John Chancey, Read more…

Dr. Ben Heddy

A Good Year for our Fearless Leader

Dr. Ben Heddy has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Jeanine Rainbolt College of Education Graduate Student Mentoring Award. Dr. Heddy has also been selected to serve on the Coalition for Psychology in Schools in Education for the American Psychological Association. Congratulations to our fearless leader!