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Educational psychology profs receive multicultural research awards

Michael GohLeah McGuireEducational psychology professors Leah McGuire and Michael Goh have been awarded 2011 Multicultural Research Awards by the University's Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA). The grants encourage and support research by faculty of color, and promote research on issues related to communities of color in the United States.

McGuire's proposal, "Investigating Differential Context Effects in Statistics Assessments," aims to discover features of contexts that can predict differential difficulty in assessment items. Specifically, her project takes an Explanatory Item Response Modeling approach to model group differences related to item context. The results will then be used to discuss the impact of certain contexts on student scores as well as to suggest guidelines for writing fair contexts.

Goh's proposal, "Decoding and Encoding Culturally Competent Mental Health Practices: A Community-based Participatory Action Research Project," involves multiple agencies, including the Center for Excellence in Children's Mental Health, Minnesota Cultural Providers Network, Minnesota Department of Human Services, as well as clinicians from various disciplines -- counseling and clinical psychology, school psychology, school counseling, social work, and marriage and family therapy.

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