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Statement of Research Interests: June 2012 

 

First Attempt:

Holly Marich is a first year doctoral student in MSU’s EPET hybrid 2012 cohort. She is interested in teacher motivations and rationale to modernize instruction through the integration of technology. Most specifically, what does this integration look like in the area of writing instruction related to the Common Core State Standards and the NCTE 2008 definition of what it means to be literate.

 

Revision:

 

Holly Marich is a first year doctoral student in MSU’s EPET hybrid 2012 cohort. She is interested in teacher rationale for the integration of technology and writing instruction for 21st Century learners.

 

Revision:

Holly Marich is a first year doctoral student in MSU’s EPET hybrid 2012 cohort. She is interested in teacher professional developmentthat impacts 21st century skills.

 

More tweaking:

Holly Marich is a first year doctoral student in MSU’s EPET hybrid 2012 cohort. She is interested in teacher professional developmentin the context of  21st century learning.

 

More tweaking to my final interest statement:

I am interested in teacher professional development in the context of 21st century learning including but not limited to collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, information management, problem solving and analyzing persuasion via technological tools, most prominently, the Internet.

 

Although the changes are significant from my first attempt to first revision, the following revisions are minimal, just a word or two, but the implications are considerable. After releasing myself from the constraints of the Common Core State Standards and the specifics of teaching writing in conjunction with the most current definition of “literate” by NCTE, I found that the core of my research interests encompass these things but reach out in a general sense to all teachers in all teaching and learning appropriate for the needs of today as stated, “in the context of 21st century learning.” According to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills national organization and other current literature, this learning is grounded in seven essential skills: communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, persuasion and managing a high volume of information. Additionally, these essential skills are not necessarily embedded in technology but to maintain the 21st century context, technology becomes a necessity. I want to explore the most efficient and effective ways to help teachers successfully teach these essential skills along with technology integration as appropriate for the needs of the 21st century.