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Penn State Beaver faculty publications are announced

10/21/2013 —

Publications by two Penn State Beaver faculty members have recently been released.
Dr. JoAnn Chirico, senior instructor in sociology, is the author of “Globalization: Prospects and Problems,” a book published by SAGE Publications, Inc. Dr. Kay Wijekumar, associate professor of information sciences and technology, is the primary author of an article published recently in the journal “Computers & Education.” 

Chirico’s text provides a comprehensive overview of globalization, emphasizing the theory and methods that social scientists employ to study globalization. The book also reviews all globalization topics, debates, theories, and empirical data while encouraging readers to related their personal experiences to globalization processes.
Wijekumar’s article, “High-Fidelity Implementation of Web-Based Intelligent Tutoring System Improves Fourth and Fifth Graders’ Content Area Reading Comprehension,” was written with Penn State University Park’s Dr. Bonnie Meyer, professor of educational psychology, and Dr. Pui-Wa Lei, associate professor of education.

Wijekumar is the creator of the Intelligent Tutoring System for the Structure Strategy (ITSS), which aims to increase reading comprehension for students in grades 4 through 12. Her recent article reported how this Web-based tutoring system helped to improve reading comprehension among fourth- and fifth-grade students. She is currently the principle investigator on three research projects for which she has received almost $6 million.

Chirico received the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Sky Bank Excellence in Service Award, the Penn State Commonwealth College Service Award, and the Penn State University Vice President for Student Affairs Award for Outstanding Program in the Diversity Speakers Series. She holds a doctorate in sociology and education and a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Wijekumar received the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Faculty Excellence in Research Award and was named Outstanding Academic Advisor by the Student Government Association. She holds a Ph.D. in instructional systems from Penn State, a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh, and a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from Franklin University.

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