Action Research Research Area:

Research initiated to solve an immediate problem or a reflective process of progressive problem solving led by individuals working with others in teams or as part of a community of practice to improve the way they address issues and solve problems

Published Faculty:

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Ralph Córdova, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Dr. Ralph A. Córdova Jr. is an educational ethnographer and researcher. He “grew up teaching” as teacher-researcher in elementary bilingual Spanish/English settings in Santa Barbara, CA. During these early years, he collaborated long-term with Drs. Judith Green, Carol Dixon, Be...
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William C. Kyle, Jr., Ph.D., Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee Family Professor of Science Education

William C. Kyle, Jr. is the E. Desmond Lee Family Professor of Science Education I. He received a BS in Biology from LeMoyne College (Syracuse, NY) and a MS and PhD in Science Education from The University of Iowa. Prior to joining the UM-St. Louis faculty in 1996, Professor Kyle taught middle and h...
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Jacquelyn Lewis-Harris, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Dr. Lewis-Harris received her M.A. and Ph.D.in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2005. Her current research explores the role of indigenous culture and arts in the development of adolescent migrant student's identities and learning within education systems and extra-local c...
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Jennifer Mishra, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Jennifer Mishra is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Music Education at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado where she worked at Associate Director of the UNC String Project. She holds a Mas...
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Virginia L. Navarro, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Founders Professor

Virginia Navarro, Associate Professor in the Department of Educator Preparation, Innovation & Research at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, received her Ph.D. in educational psychology from Washington University in 1994. A former high school English and journalism teacher in both public and ...
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Ruth Schumacher-Martinez, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Dr. Schumacher-Martinez earned a B.A. in English Literature with a concentration in Women's Studies from Drake University.  She has an M.Ed in Educational Psychology and a Ph.D. in School Psychology from Loyola University Chicago, an APA-accredited and NASP approved program.
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Nancy Robb Singer, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of Educator Preparation, Innovation and Research

Nancy Robb Singer holds B.S. Ed. and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Missouri—Columbia and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. At UMSL, Dr. Singer directs the Gateway Writing Project (GWP) and is a faculty lead in the English Education program.
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Alina Slapac, Ed.D., Ed.D.
Associate Professor

Alina Slapac is an Associate Professor and received her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Northern Iowa in 2006. She also has an M.A. in British Cultural Studies and a B.A. in Romanian and Teaching English as a Second Language minor. She is also an International Studies...