SMU, Faculty, School of Education, Assistant Professor

Dr. Candace Walkington

Candace Walkington has recently been selected as one of only 20 recipients nationwide of the prestigious National Academy of Education Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow Award. This award is funded by the Spencer Foundation and recognizes rising scholars whose work in educational research addresses topics in critical areas by applying creative ideas and innovative approaches. With this achievement, Candace will receive a $55,000 research stipend and will participate in a series of three academic retreats with other Postdoctoral Fellows during the fall and spring semesters of 2014-2015. Her project will implement an intervention where students generate personalized connections between concepts they are learning in algebra and their out-of-school interests in topics like sports, video games, and social networking. Students will author their own “algebra stories” where they describe how linear relationships can approximate things they encounter in their everyday lives. She will look at the impact of the intervention on students’ classroom discussions and on learning of and interest in algebra.

Please join our community in congratulating Candace on this honor, which reflects her strong record of research and scholarly contributions!

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