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THE ALABAMA EQUITY DIVIDE (AED) LAB: ENVIRONMENT, INEQUALITY, AND RURAL OUTCOMES

Lab Director: Andrew Pendola, Ph.D.

Want to get started with research? The AED lab has a place for students of all skill levels. We meet twice a month and design projects that all can join, place people in conferences, and write group publications. This is exactly how you get involved in projects, publications, and conferences. 

About Us

The AED Research Lab aims to explore ways in which locale and student outcomes intersect across Alabama, using longitudinal statewide representative data from the Stanford Education Data Archive. 


A growing body of literature has recognized that the inequitable distribution of school resources has contributed to systematic differences in student outcomes. However, ways in which race, socioeconomic status, and spatial geographies intersect have been largely overlooked, even with growing emphasis on how resource inequalities are substantively different between urban, suburban, and rural locales.

How to join

New lab members are accepted on a rolling basis. To join, send a brief email to Dr. Pendola (pendola@auburn.edu) stating your research interests, background, and what you hope to gain from the group. 

 
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Our Research Output

Papers

Pendola, A., Jang, H., Moore, T., Rushing, K. J., Appiah, J., Guilford, N., Billingslea, W., Wilson, N., Dadematthews, A., & McCambridge, C. (In Press). The Alabama Equity Divide: Environmental Poverty and Achievement Across Urban and Rural Locales. Educational Research Quarterly.

Rushing, K.J., Pendola, A. (Under Review). Outlier Leadership in Alabama: Resource Challenged Schools and Principal Practices. 

Conference Presentations

Rushing, K. J., & Pendola, A. (2022). Outlier Leadership in Alabama: Mixed-Methods Study of Principal Practices in High-Performing Disadvantaged schools [Paper Session]. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA

Rushing, K. J., & Pendola, A. (2021). Outlier leadership: How to beat the odds in challenging school contexts [Paper Session]. University Council for Educational Administration, Columbus OH. 

Rushing, J., Jang, H., Moore, T., Appiah, J., Guilford, N., Billingslea, W., Dadematthews, A. (2022, April). Manifesting environmental poverty: K-12 achievement in Alabama. [Roundtable]. AERA Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA. 

Jang, H., Moore, T., & Pendola, A. (2021). Understanding Student Achievement with Multifaceted Factors of Poverty [Poster Session] Southeastern University Graduate Research Symposium

Moore, T., Jang, H., & Pendola, A. (2021, August). Impact of Environmental Factors & Psychological Effects on K-12 Student Achievement in Alabama. Poster to be presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association (APA), virtual meeting. 

 

CURRENT AED RESEARCH TEAM MEMBERS

JOHN APPIAH

Program: PhD Administration and Supervision of Curriculum

Current Position: Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology, Auburn University

Research Interest: Pedagogical leadership in Early Childhood Education, Numeracy in Early Childhood Education, Educational leadership.

Current Projects: QMER SPIIN Paper on Student Learning Communities

TEANNA MOORE

Program: Educational Psychology Ph.D.

Current Position: Transition-based Learning/Agriscience Teacher, Opelika City Schools and Graduate Teaching Assistant and Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology, Auburn University

Research interests: Secondary students' ability to develop positive interpersonal skills, student's perspectives on the value, identification and development of these skills, instruction on interpersonal skills that facilitate generalization to settings inside and outside of school

ADEFUNKE DADEMATTHEWS

Program: Kinesiology Ph.D.

Current Position: Graduate Research Assistant, School of Kinesiology

Research Interests: Health disparities and youth mental health, child and adolescent mental health, disability related research, academic achievement, and health

HYUNSUNG JANG

Program: Educational Psychology Ph.D.

Current position: Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Educational Foundations, Technology, and Leadership, Auburn University  

Research interests: How personality impacts learners' perception on feedback, motivation, and teamwork.  

How student achievement differs on micro and macro levels  

JOY RUSHING

Program: PhD Educational Leadership

Research Interest: School Leadership Learning 

Current Projects: Outlier Leadership

GBENGA DADEMATTHEWS

Program: Kinesiology, Ph.D.

Current Position: Warrior Research Center

Current Projects: Spatiality, health, and education

WILLIAM BILLINGSLEA

To be added soon

YAN 'DIANE' DAI

To be added soon

SUNNY LEE

To be added soon

JESSI RIEL

To be added soon