Ellie Fitts Fulmer, Ed.D. assistant professor of education, and Jill Bodner, M.S. Childhood Education, '14, recently coauthored an article in i.e.: Inquiry in Education, the peer-reviewed journal published by the Center for Practitioner Research at National Louis University. The piece, titled, "Detached and Unsustainable: Central Tensions in Teacher Research Capstones and the Possibilities for Reimagined Inquiry," explores challenges in the research capstone assignments that are common in teacher education programs. With three key recommendations rooted in the field of Practitioner Inquiry, the authors present a vision for change that could increase the likelihood of cultivating thoughtful, reflective, life-long teacher researchers. The article can be read online: digitalcommons.nl.edu/ie/vol9/iss2/5/
Dr. Ellie Fitts Fulmer (Ithaca College, Education Department) and Dr. Alesha Gayle (University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education) presented a paper at the Literacy Research Association’s annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. Their paper, titled “LOL? Racial Literacy Through Humor in Teacher Education” explores using racial comedy media in teacher education, using literacy as a lens for understanding more about this practice. Specifically, Fulmer and Gayle focused on students’ hesitation to laugh as an avenue for zeroing in on, and expanding, their racial literacy.