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Western Oregon University Researcher to Receive 2022 AACTE Outstanding Dissertation Award

2022 AACTE Outstanding Dissertation Award for Borderland Teaching of Chinese American Teachers with Mexican American Students: Toward the Development of a TheoryAACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education)  today announced Lin Wu, Ph.D., as the recipient of the 2022 AACTE Outstanding Dissertation Award for Borderland Teaching of Chinese American Teachers with Mexican American Students: Toward the Development of a Theory. The author completed his dissertation for the Ph.D. at the University of Washington-Seattle and currently serves as an assistant professor in the College of Education at Western Oregon University. He will be recognized formally with the award at the AACTE 74th Annual Meeting in New Orleans, La, on March 4.

In his dissertation, Wu studied three Chinese American teachers working with 11 Mexican American students in three ethnically diverse urban secondary schools in the Pacific Northwest. For his observations, he used a qualitative case study methodology, drawing on the theoretical frameworks of Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) and Borderlands Theory (BT). Wu’s findings suggest that the teachers used borderland teaching (a mix of CRT and BT) to improve student performance and build kinships with them. He concluded his research by asserting the importance of borderland education in research, pedagogy, and representation and provides research and teacher education program recommendations.

“We are so proud of Dr. Wu’s recognition by his colleagues in teacher education across the country,” said Dr. Rob Winningham, provost, Western Oregon University. “His research is critically important for understanding cross-cultural experiences in education and beyond.”

The 26th annual AACTE Awards Program honors member institutions and individuals who have made bold, extraordinary, and innovative contributions to the profession of teacher education.

Lynn M. Gangone, AACTE president and chief executive officer, stated, “As the recipient of a 2022 AACTE Award, Dr. Wu challenges us to equip educators to teach with equity and justice for all, and I look forward to celebrating his accomplishments at our 74th Annual Meeting.”


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