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The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

Fostering Student Computational Thinking with Self-Regulated Learning

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Fostering Student Computational Thinking with Self-Regulated Learning is a new $3.5M (over 5 years) NSF-funded STEM+C grant that will advance research and development of new transdisciplinary approaches to computational STEM teaching and learning. Read more...

WEGO-RIITE: Writing Efficiently with Graphic Organizers - Responsive Instruction while Implementing Technology Effectively

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Anna Evmenova, Kelley Regan, and Amy Hutchison won a $2.5M award (over 5 years) for “WEGO-RIITE: Writing Efficiently with Graphic Organizers - Responsive Instruction while Implementing Technology Effectively” funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education. Read more...

Preparing K-5 Teachers to Integrate the Computer Science Standards of Learning in Inclusive Classrooms to Support Students with High Incidence Disabilities

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A new NSF award was granted to Amy Hutchison and colleagues for a project that brings together faculty from George Mason University and Old Dominion University, the non-profit group CodeVA and Norfolk City Public Schools (NCPS) to broaden participation in Computer Science in Virginia. Read more...

Counselors Without Borders Provides Counseling Services in Puerto Rico

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In March several faculty members from the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at George Mason University had the opportunity to travel to a rural area of Puerto Rico with a small team from Counselors Without Borders. Among the people they met was a 25-year-old who had begun withdrawing from society before Hurricane Maria hit the island last September. After the storm wreaked its devastation, his condition worsened. Read more...

CEHD Helps Support Adjunct Faculty Self-Study Collaborative at Mason

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More than 20 adjunct faculty from colleges and disciplines across the university—as well as an equally diverse group of facilitators—met on March 5 to talk, share their visions, practice as educators, and begin to design a self-study teacher research project. After brief introductions by the facilitators and warm welcoming remarks by College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) Dean Mark Ginsberg and Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning (SCTL) Director Shelley Reid (sponsors of the project along with Faculty Affairs and Development in the Office of the Provost), participants formed critical friend teams to create and share the initial sketching of a personal-situated teaching inquiry to improve their students’ learning. Read more...

Mason Team Helps Heal Scars from Disaster

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Fred Bemak remembers all the hugs and tears. They inevitably come, he said, when his Counselors Without Borders team is on location helping hundreds—sometimes thousands—of people healing from the emotional scars of a disaster. “It’s the person who is grabbing and hugging you, thanking you for being there,” the George Mason University professor said. “That’s huge.” For 13 years Counselors Without Borders has traveled the world into areas devastated by floods, wildfires and storms, offering culturally responsive humanitarian counseling in post-disaster situations. Read more...

New Research Center Out to Make its Mark

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The Mason Arts Research Center does not have a physical structure at George Mason University. But its co-directors want to make it a highly visible hub of research into how arts participation affects child development. It will do so with a two-year, $150,000 renewable grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the vision of co-directors Thalia Goldstein, assistant professor of applied developmental psychology; Adam Winsler, professor of applied developmental psychology; and Kim Sheridan, associate professor of educational psychology. Read more...

Mason's Fred Bemak Receives Outstanding Faculty Award from State

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Fred Bemak, a professor and academic program coordinator of George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development counseling and development program, is a recipient of a 2018 Oustanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). Bemak, in the College of Education and Human Development, is one of 12 recipients selected from 83 nominees, and the 21st George Mason recipient since the award’s inception in 1987. Read more...

CEHD Professor Consults on App for Children With ‘Parents at the Center’

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If you’re an enormous social media company looking to adapt some of your technology for younger children, you want to make sure you’re creating a fun user experience—but also a safe one. That’s what Facebook was recently looking to do. While preparing to put together what eventually became Messenger Kids, which launched in late 2017, the company consulted with experts on children and media. One of those experts was Kevin Clark, CEHD professor and director of the Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity. Read more...

Could Spit be the Latest Key to Diagnosing Concussions?

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As the scope of potential short- and long-term damage from brain injuries in football becomes clearer every day, the mad scramble is on to try to address the crisis, which threatens the very existence of the sport. And while the leading chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, research at Boston University has made the most headlines, two scientists at George Mason University have been working on a potentially groundbreaking diagnostic tool that could change the way we test for and treat brain injury across the sports world and beyond. Read more...

Panel Discussion Highlights New Degree Program and Addresses the Question of Athletes as Activists

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Panel discussion highlights new minor in Sport and Conflict Resolution and addresses the question of athletes as activists. The role that athletes play in conflict resolution was addressed during a two-hour forum earlier this month at Merten Hall on the Fairfax Campus. Read more...

Mason Professor Receives Award for ‘Vision’ Research

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When Seth Parsons arrived at Mason in 2008, he was curious about something. Teaching can obviously be a tough job. So what makes a teacher stick it out? “There has to be something that sustains excellent teachers who remain in the field,” says Parsons, an associate professor at CEHD. Read more...

Mason Hosts Provocative Symposium on Research in Comparative and International Education

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How can research practices be more socially and culturally inclusive? Are the values of our participants being recognized and honored? Does our research perpetuate systems of inequality or oppression? These were just a few of the challenging questions that over 200 researchers, professors, leaders, and graduate students wrestled with at the second annual Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) symposium hosted by George Mason University at the Arlington Campus last month Read more...

More Than 7,230 Miles Apart, Mason and Pakistani Professor Come Together

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The conference, Innovation and Internationalization in Pakistani Higher Education, marked the culmination of a partnership between Mason and the University of Management and Technology (UMT) in Lahore. As Fox began her concluding remarks, it became clear that even as the formal project was winding down, the work was just beginning. Read more...

CEHD Professional Faculty Member Is One of 10 in the Country With All Three Research Administrator Certifications

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There are only nine other people in the country like Jessica Guzzo. Guzzo has completed all three research administrator certifications, a professional achievement she accomplished just before school started this fall. "It hasn’t really set in yet that I actually passed it,” says Guzzo, Director of Research Administration at CEHD’s Office of Research Development, about the final test she passed in August. Read more...

Student Project 'Goes Beyond the Class and Research Itself'

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Christina Cherry, a senior human development and family science major, and Jasmine Felder, a master's student concentrating in counseling and development, say their research helps give a voice to families facing displacement through gentrification. Read more...

Mason Joins the Ranks of R1 Research Universities

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George Mason is one of the highest-ranked research institutions in the country, according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Mason, the largest public research university in Virginia, has joined a group of 115 universities that perform research at the highest level. Below the “R1” rankings are universities that perform “higher research activity,” or “R2,” and then universities that perform “moderate research activity,” or “R3.” Read more...

Math Professor Takes Positive Ideas on Math to South Korea

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In South Korea, students’ abilities in mathematics are extremely high. But there’s an issue. “The achievement is so high but the attitude toward it, the feeling toward it, is so negative,” says Jennifer Suh, an associate professor of mathematics education at Mason. “So they needed to do something.” Read more...

CEHD Named One of the Top 100 Education Colleges in the World

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In its Global Ranking of Academic Subjects for 2017, the prestigious international ranking organization, ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, has placed Mason’s College of Education and Human Development in the top 100 Education schools in the world. Read more...

Mason Professor Wins Prestigious Evaluation Award

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In his 20-year teaching career, College of Education and Human Development Professor Rodney Hopson has received several awards for his work in the field of evaluation. But no award has yet compared to the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) prestigious Paul F. Lazarsfeld Evaluation Theory Award. Recently, Hopson was named the winner of the 2017 award. Read more...

Two Faculty Share Their Experiences at the National Science Foundation

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After three-year appointments at the National Science Foundation (NSF), two College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) faculty have returned to the college this fall—though they’ll continue to bridge the gap between the federal government and the university in part-time roles. Read more...

In the News: Erin Peters-Burton

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The August 2015 issue of Scientific American includes a feature article on the STEM high schools research of Erin Peters-Burton and her colleagues. Read more...

NSF Grant to Study Science Learning Through Game Creation Among Students With Learning Disabilities

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Professors Berkeley and Annetta are studying the self-regulation of learning of middle school students with learning disabilities as they create their own science video games. Read more...

More than 80 CEHD Faculty Members and Students Will Present at AERA

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CEHD will have a strong presence at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) starting April 16. Read more...

In the News: Mason's Concussion Research

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An in-depth article in New York Magazine notes George Mason University's promising concussion research. Read more...

New Research to Focus on Youth Lacrosse Injuries

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Mason professors will soon begin US Lacrosse-funded research that uses sensors to track how and why head and other injuries occur. Read more...

WeGotIT! Helps Middle School Writers Get It

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Mason researchers Anya Evmenova and Kelley Regan are in the second year of a five-year $2.2 million grant to develop a writing application for middle school students. Read more...

Early Results Show VISTA Has Significant Impact on Student and Teacher Learning

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After three years in operation, the VISTA approach looks promising in delivering quality education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Read more...

George Mason Researchers Think Saliva Might Contain Bio-Marker for Concussions

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An article on NFL.com today and many other news outlets highlights the exciting work of George Mason professors Shane Caswell and Chip Petricoin in searching for concussion bio-markers in saliva Read more...

Grant Funding Awarded to CEHD - Fall 2013 Update

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CEHD faculty members secure millions of dollars of external funding each year to conduct important research addressing issues as diverse as educational game design and sports diplomacy. Read more...

Postcards from the Field: A Recreational Experience

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Graduating senior Chris Carr looks back on a rewarding internship with Intramural Sports, part of earning a B.S. in Sport Management. Read his story in this, the first in an occassional series of dispatches from RHT student interns. Read more...

CEHD Faculty Will Present at More Than 50 Sessions at AERA

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This year, 63 CEHD faculty and graduate students will participate in more than 50 sessions at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting, which is being held in San Francisco through May 1. Read more...

"Makers" and the Art and Science of Learning

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From MythBusters to Etsy to Steve Jobs -- the "maker" culture is all about DIY, do it yourself. Can that creative impulse also be tapped for student learning? A new project funded by the National Science Foundation and co-directed by Kimberly Sheridan aims to find out. Read more...

VISTA in Action - Teacher Inspires Students with Science

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"We are the future of the rest of our planet," says second grader Juliet. With great seriousness and impressive facts, she and her fellow 7 and 8-year-olds go on to describe how a warming planet is affecting squirrels, snakes, bats, and penguins. Read more...