Colleges Announces Three New Research Projects

September 16, 2014

The College of Education has announced three new funded projects.


Nate Phillips, PhD, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction and Becca Woddard PhD, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, received a grant through the Chicago Community Trust's Hive Chicago Fund for Connected Learning.  This project is in partnership with the Center for Community Arts Partnerships at Columbia College Chicago and will support research that Phillips, Woodard and doctoral student Kim Richards will be completing at two CPS schools (one K-8 and one high school). The project, called Convergence Academies, supported initially by an ongoing grant secured by Columbia, puts in place a whole-school reform model in two high-needs public schools that is focused on integrating digital media arts throughout the curriculum and across students' lives--not only at school.


Phillips was also awarded a second grant in partnership with the Chicago History Museum to explore innovative possibilities for youth programming that are based on principles of connected learning. This project explores ways to bridge youth interest, engagement, learning, and interactions across their lives with historical narratives, events, and places through movement, mapping, and embodied conversations. 


Aerika Brittian, PhD, assistant professor of educational psychology, received a grant from the National Institute for Health entitled, "Links between perceived discrimination, substance use, and sexual risk among African American male juvenile offenders."  This two year project will investigate how resilience occurs among African American male adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system, focusing on how different types of discrimination impact comorbity (mental health, substance use, and risky sexual behavior) and positive development (self-esteem and social competence), and addresses the protective and promotive value of youth’s coping abilities and cultural resources on adjustment. The project is a collaborative study with Dr. Geri Donenberg at the UIC School of Public Health.