Qualitative researcher gives UND lecture on campus and online


Jena Pierce

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College of Education & Human Development


The College of Education & Human Development at the University of North Dakota invites the local community to participate in the newly created "Educate Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere (AAA) Lecture Series". The lecture will be given by Dr. Audrey Trainor, associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. The lecture will be on Monday, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m., in the Education Building, room 113, with a reception to follow. The lecture will be live-streamed for anyone across the state who would like to watch it.

A mission of the AAA Lecture Series is to learn about providing access across the rural state of North Dakota, and across the country. These lectures will be live streamed to other universities and colleges and even some schools in the state. With today's innovative technologies and advanced learning platforms, anyone, anywhere, anytime in North Dakota and around the world, can get an education no matter their circumstances.

Dr. Audrey Trainor

"Dr. Trainor was nominated because of her strong work in qualitative research," said Marcus Weaver-Hightower, associate professor and chair of the Department of Educational Foundations and Research. "Particularly focusing on social justice for people with disabilities and developing reciprocity between research and participants into the research process."

Trainor will discuss evidence-based practices in education-related fields and how researchers operationalize the concept of evidence, what constitutes evidence, how the quality of evidence is measured and valued, and how it is used to support or refute practice. Trainor writes, "Qualitative research has been particularly vulnerable to current definitions of evidence that manifest in narrow interpretations of what makes good research."

"We have invited a nationally recognized presenter who will share ideas meaningful to every discipline across the College," said Bob Hill, dean of the College of Education and Human Development. "Not only that, but every researcher at the University of North Dakota can benefit from her best-practices qualitative research and evidence based approach."

Trainor has authored 30 peer reviewed articles, 10 chapters in special education texts and handbooks, and, most recently, she co-edited Routledge's Reviewing Qualitative Research in the Social Sciences. Focusing on learning and emotional/behavioral disabilities, Trainor's research explores the equity and diversity in post school outcomes, perceptions and experiences of adolescents during the transition from high school to adulthood, and self-determination. Trainor is the 2012-13 past president of the Division on Career Development and Transition of the Council for Exceptional Children and an active member of the American Educational Research Association. She is member of the associate editorial boards for the Journal of Special Education and Remedial and Special Education.

Trainor is a member of the UW Madison Teaching Academy, a university honorary society for excellence in teaching. She holds memberships in the CEC Division on Transition and Career Development (DCDT); the Educational Research Association (AERA); the CEC Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners (DDEL); and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

To watch the lecture online visit ehd.und.edu the day of the event. For more information on this lecture series, contact Jena Pierce with the College of Education and Human Development at 701.777.0844 or 701.777.2674, or email to jena.pierce@und.edu.

About the College of Education & Human Development:

The UND College of Education & Human Development has more than 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students in five departments including Counseling Psychology and Community Services; Educational Foundations and Research; Educational Leadership; Kinesiology and Public Health Education; and Teaching and Learning. The mission is fostering healthy human development and learning across the lifespan.