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ORU Faculty Member Receives National Dissertation Award

Charlene Martin AwardsOral Roberts University Assistant Professor Charlene Martin received the 2014 Distinguished Dissertation in Teacher Education Award from the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE). The intent of the award is to encourage, recognize, and promote exemplary doctoral level research that substantially contributes to the improvement of teacher education.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Association of Teacher Educators for contributing to the improvement of teacher education,” said Martin. “My research was conducted in the hope that I could empower teachers around the nation to improve their techniques for literacy instruction and implement best practices in the classroom.”

Martin’s dissertation is titled “A Study of Factors that Contribute to Preservice Teachers’ Sense of Efficacy for Literacy Instruction.” In it she discussed efficacy, meaning the confidence and belief an instructor possesses regarding their ability to perform a task in the future. This sense of efficacy enables teachers to implement research-based best practices in their respective classrooms.

“ORU is blessed with a passionate faculty that seeks to contribute to student growth as well as the education industry,” said Dean of the ORU College of Education Kim Boyd. “We are proud of Charlene and her professional accomplishments. Her research has immense implications for teachers around the nation.”

For additional information about the ORU College of Education, visit www.oru.edu/academics/college_of_education/.