Our mission is to conduct research dedicated to understanding classroom environments
that support the motivation of under-represented and historically marginalized students
in the state of Oklahoma and beyond.
Our research focuses on supporting teachers, including beliefs and factors that facilitate
a successful learning environment for English language learners. Additionally, we
identify gaps between faculty conceptions of diversity and their teaching practices
to increase student contributions in class discussions.
We continue to study the relationship between the teacher and the student and investigate
the role of social perception by evaluating the teacher’s sense of efficacy. We also
are in the process of creating “The Motivation Minute” newsletter that will provide
K-12 teachers quick tips on how to support student motivation.