Monday, March 05, 2012
CONTACT: Richard Penny, (425) 352-3395, RPenny@uwb.edu
BOTHELL, Wash. – UW Bothell Professor of Education Dr. Wayne Au has been awarded the 2012 Early Career Scholars Award by the Curriculum and Cultural Studies SIG of the American Educational Research Association. Au will receive his award at the upcoming annual meeting of AERA in Vancouver, Canada in April.
Au’s academic interests broadly encompass critical education theory and teaching for social justice. More specifically his research focuses on educational equity, high-stakes testing, curriculum theory, educational policy studies and social studies education. He is rapidly becoming a nationally recognized scholar on issues of social justice in education.
“I was very happy and honored to receive this award,” Au says. “I’ve most recently been doing work in curriculum studies, exploring the relationship between the politics of what is taught in classrooms relative to the types of consciousness/thinking we ask of students.”
This work lead to the publication of his recent book, Critical Curriculum Studies: Education, Consciousness, and the Politics of Knowing (Routledge, 2011) as well as an upcoming article in Teachers College Record.
Au also shares his educational insight with general audiences; by analyzing the problems with the use of high-stakes testing to evaluate both learning and teaching. He sits on the editorial board of Rethinking Schools, a social justice education magazine. This work has resulted in a new co-edited book to be published in April entitled, Pencils Down: Rethinking High-Stakes Testing and Accountability in Public Schools, and upcoming related articles.
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