Amanda Nolen, Ph.D., Interim Department Chair

Courses Instructed

  • EDFN 7313 Learning Theories*
  • EDFN 7314 Cognition and Instruction*
  • EDFN 7373 Qualitative Research Methods*
  • EDFN 8330 Mixed Methods Research Design**
  • EDFN 8383 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods**

*College of Education – Graduate Course

**College of Education – Doctoral Course

Current Projects

As an educational psychologist, my emphasis is on the nexus of learning, curriculum, and instruction. In other words, I am interested in all things related how we learn, how we teach, how we learn to teach, and how those vary by discipline. Over the past several years, I have collaborated with Dr. Karina Clemmons in the College of Education to examine the “critical elements” of preparing individuals to become teachers. We have looked at the influences of field experiences, interactions and feedback from faculty supervisors, quality of practicum experiences, and characteristics of the curriculum on the confidence and efficacy of new teachers in that critical first year of teaching. We are currently embarking on a longitudinal qualitative study following a cohort of new teachers through their first two years of teaching to examine decision making criteria for novice teachers.

I am also collaborating with Dr. Rascheel Hastings (Special Education) and Dr. Jim Vander Putten (Higher Education) to investigate the social, educational, and personal factors that influence the college choice process for students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  These students and their families face unique challenges which influence their decisions on whether and where they go to college.

Finally, I am collaborating on a book project with Dr. Judith Hayn (Secondary Education) to explore empirically sound methods of using Young Adult literature to teach the Common Core State Standards for Literacy. Arkansas is one of 43 states to adopt CCSS and teachers (and teacher educators) are struggling to integrate literacy concepts across the curriculum.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Hayn, J., & Nolen, A. (Under contract – in preparation).  Teaching young adult literature: Integrating, implementing, and re-imagining the Common Core. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Press.

Hayn, J., & Nolen, A. (Under contract – in preparation). Teaching young adult non-fiction: Teaching, translating, and transforming the Common Core. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Press.

Clemmons, K., & Nolen, A. (In press). Is “Good job.” good enough?: A content analysis of the quality of feedback to teacher candidates during field experiences. Teacher Education and Practice.

McCreery, M., & Nolen, A. (In press). Exploring the nature of authenticity: The role of personality in a culture of simulation.  International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations.

Kremers, A., & Nolen, A. (2014). Changing the future: Rigor and high school mathematics courses. In J. Edmonds & T. Squires (Ed.), Bridging the high school-college gap: The role of concurrent enrollment programs. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press.

Clemmons, K., Nolen, A., & Hayn, J. (2013). Constructing community in higher education regardless of proximity: Re-imagining the teacher education experience through social networking technology. In S. Mukerji, (Ed.), Handbook of research on transnational higher education management. Hershey, PA: IGI Publishing.

Nolen, A. (2013). Test review of the Test of Information Processing Skills (TIPS). In K.F. Geisinger & R.A. Spies (Eds.), The twenty-first mental measurements yearbook. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska. Available from the Buros Institute’s Test Reviews Online website: http://www.unl.edu/buros.

Nolen, A. (2013). Test review of the Early Language & Literacy Classroom Observation K-3 Tool (ELLCO), Research Edition. In K.F. Geisinger & R.A. Spies (Eds.), The twenty-first mental measurements yearbook. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska. Available from the Buros Institute’s Test Reviews Online website: http://www.unl.edu/buros.

Hayn, J. A. & Nolen, A. L. (2012). Young adult literature: Defining the role of research. In Hayn, J. A. & Kaplan, J. S. Eds. Teaching adolescent literature today. Lanham, MD: R&L Education, a Division of Rowan & Littlefield.

Nolen, A., & Talbert, T. (2011). Qualitative assertions as prescriptive statements. Educational Psychology Review, 23(2), 263 – 271.

Hayn, J., Kaplan, J.,& Nolen, A. (2011). Young adult literature research in the 21st century. Theory into Practice, 50(3), 176 – 182. (Note: Authors contributed to this article equally)

Vander Putten, J., & Nolen, A. (2010). Qualitative data analysis: Comparing results from constant comparative and computer software methods. Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research, 4(1), 12 – 25.

Clemmons, K., Nolen, A., Hunt, A., Grable, C., & Pickle, S., (2010). Classroom management in synchronous online secondary classrooms. In S. Mukerji & P. Tripathi (Eds.), Cases on technological adaptability and transnational learning: Issues and challenges (pp. 68 – 80). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Nolen, A. (2010). Test review of Assessment of Classroom Environments (A.C.E.), Revised. In K.F. Geisinger, & R.A. Spies (Eds.), The nineteenth mental measurements yearbook. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska. Available February 10, 2010, from the Buros Institute’s Test Reviews Online website: http://www.unl.edu/buros.

Nolen, A. (2009). The content of educational psychology: An analysis of top ranked journals from 2003 through 2007. Educational Psychology Review, 21(3), 279-289.

Holloman, D., & Nolen, A. (2008). The value of college choice: An examination of urban, rural, and suburban high school seniors. Metropolitan Universities Journal, 19(3), 41-53.

Nolen, A. & Vander Putten, J. (2007). Action research in education: Gaps in ethical principles and practice. Educational Researcher, 36(7), 401-407.

Yinger, R.J., & Nolen, A.L. (2003). Surviving the legitimacy challenge. Phi Delta Kappan, 84(5), 386 – 390.

Carvan, M.T., Nolen, A.L., & Yinger, R.J. (2002). Power through partnership: The Urban Network for the Improvement of Teacher Education (UNITE). Teacher Education and Practice, 15(2), 88-101.

RECENT PRESENTATIONS

McCreery, M. & Nolen, A. (2014). My avatar, myself: The role of personality in defining an authentic virtual environment. A paper presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Philadelphia, PA, April 2014.

Nolen, A., Hastings, R., & Vander Putten, J. (2014). Exploring the psychological, familial, academic, and environmental factors predicting the college choices of students with Disabilities. A paper presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Philadelphia, PA, April 2014.

Clemmons, K. & Nolen, A. (2014). The devil’s in the details: Investigating teacher internships and the impact of faculty, route to licensure, and program characteristics. A paper presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Philadelphia, PA, April 2014.

Nolen, A. & Clemmons, K. (2014). Teaching internships contribution to preparedness: How much is enough? A paper presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Philadelphia, PA, April 2014.

Castleberry, A. & Nolen, A. (2014). Reading between the lines: Using essays to assess the teacher reflection of residents in a pharmacy college. A paper presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Philadelphia, PA, April 2014.

Castleberry, A., Ashby, S., & Nolen, A. (2013). Thematic assessment of reflective essays for a teacher certification program. A paper presented at the 2013 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Nolen, A., & Clemmons, K. (2013). Deconstructing what works in student teaching: A state-wide analysis of early career teachers’ experiences. A paper presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

Clemmons, K. & Nolen, A. (2013). Insights into the complexity of teacher retention: A logistic regression of state teacher retention data. A paper presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

Nolen, A., & Hayn, J. (2012). A content analysis of young adult literature research in the 21st century. A paper presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Vancouver, BC.

Clemmons, K., & Nolen, A. (2012). Is all feedback created equal? A content analysis of feedback to teacher education candidates during field experiences. A paper presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Vancouver, BC.

Vander Putten, J., Becks, A., & Nolen, A. (2012). College Choice Processes for Home-Schooled Students: Influences, Destinations and Under/Overmatching. A paper presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Vancouver, BC.

Ellis, S., Vander Putten, J., & Nolen, A. (2011). The talented tenth revisited: Socialization and retention of Black junior faculty at HBCU’s. A paper presented at the 36th Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). Charlotte, NC.

Nolen, A., Clemmons, K., & Sedivy-Benton, A. (2011). In their own words: A qualitative study of factors influencing the retention of beginning teachers. A paper presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. New Orleans, LA.

Nolen, A., & Vander Putten, J. (2011). Qualitative data analysis: Comparing results from constant comparative and two computer software methods. A paper presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. New Orleans, LA.

Boureiko, N., Vander Putten, J., & Nolen, A. (2010). Measuring change over time: Factors influencing academic success of immigrant college students. A paper presented at the Annual Conference for the Association of Institutional Research, Washington, D.C.

Thaxton, L., & Nolen, A., (2010). In search of critical thinking in undergraduate education: A case study of a Center for Teaching Excellence. A paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.

Vander Putten, J. & Nolen, A. (2009). Exploring the effectiveness of RCR education in the social and behavioral sciences. Paper presented at the 5th ORI Research Conference on Research Integrity, Niagara Falls, NY.

Nolen, A. (2009). Educational Psychology: A Field in Search of a Definition. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.

Vander Putten, J. & Nolen, A. (2008). Qualitative Data Analysis: Comparing results from constant comparative and computer software methods. Paper presented at the Conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Jacksonville, FL.

Nolen, A., & Holloman, D. (2008). Recruiting geographically place-bound students: The influence of location on the college choice of high school seniors. Paper presented at the Annual Conference for the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.

Nolen, A., Woods, M., & Vander Putten, J., (2007). College choice: What do home-schooled students value? Paper presented at the Annual Conference for the American Education Research Association, Chicago, IL.

Nolen, A., & Vander Putten, J., (2006). Action research in education: Gaps in ethical principles and practice. Paper presented at the Annual Conference for the American Education Research Association, San Francisco.

Nolen, A.L., Bailey, S., & Woods, M. (2005). Neighborhood elementary schools: A catalyst for social capital. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association. New Orleans, LA.

Nolen, A.L., (2004). Social capital and teaching as a public profession. An invited symposium presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference in San Diego, CA.