Texas Tech Names Winner of New Education Research Grant

Texas Tech University today (Feb. 8) announced the winner of a new internal competition to enhance opportunities in education research.

Texas Tech University today (Feb. 8) announced the winner of a new internal competition to enhance opportunities in education research.

The $209,000 grant goes to Tigga Kingston, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, for her proposal, " Live from the Field: A Research-Based Learning Environment for Teaching Biological Concepts."

The project will use Kingston’s research into Malaysian bats to develop an integrated biology curriculum for grades two to eight with a common focus. Curriculum material will be developed by Texas Tech students majoring in Natural History and Humanities, a major designed to train students to communicate about the environment, and by Howard Hughes Medical Education Schools training for careers in science education. Students in Texas will be able to track the research through an interactive Web site and communicate with researchers in the field in Malaysia.

"The Education Research Initiative is the latest in a series of internally funded grants to help stimulate research at Texas Tech," said Karlene A. Hoo, associate vice president for research. "Research into how learning occurs is an important area. We hope, with this grant competition, to stimulate new and innovative programs and generate external funding opportunities."

Kingston is joined in the project by co-principal investigators Mark McGinley, associate professor, and Kenneth Schmidt, assistant professor, both in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Proposals were received from 33 researchers across the Texas Tech campus totaling almost $3.8 million. Each was judged by external experts based on their academic merit and their likelihood of generating sustainable outside funding. The proposals covered areas including teaching methods, evaluation and assessment of learning, curriculum development and other aspects of education research.

CONTACT: Office of Vice President for Research, at (806) 742-3905.