Dr. Arnetha F. Ball, the Visiting Barbara A. Sizemore Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at Duquesne University, was recently presented with the Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award by the American Educational Research Association (AERA).
The Johnson award recognizes the highest quality of academic scholarship published in one of four AERA journals during the 2008 volume year. Ball’s article, Towards a Theory of Generative Change in Linguistically Complex Classrooms, was published in the American Educational Research Journal.
According to the AERA, the essential issue in improving learning in schools is improving the quality of instruction, and Ball’s article “moves the field substantially, based on its theoretical contributions to the scholarship on teacher learning for diversity.”
Ball, who also is a professor at Stanford University, centers her research on the writing and writing instruction of culturally and linguistically diverse students, the preparation of teachers to teach diverse student populations, and linking sociocultural and linguistic theory with educational practice in her U.S. and South African work.
The AERA, based in Washington, D.C., is the national interdisciplinary research association for approximately 25,000 scholars who undertake research in education. Founded in 1916, AERA aims to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.