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A Research on a Professor in Educational Psychology

The professor in my field that I want to research on is Doctor Angela D. Miller.

Doctor Miller is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Human

Development at George Mason University, she teaches Research Methods and

Educational Psychology (George Mason University, 2017). She finished her

Bachlers of Arts in French and Economics and Masters of Arts in French language

and literature at University of Kansas (George Mason University, 2017). Then she

studied another Masters of Arts in Educational Research and Psychology and got

Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Research and Statistics at University of

Missouri-Kansas City (George Mason University, 2017). She also did teaching

certification training in French and Mathematics.

Doctor Miller had numerous of publications. She was invited to participate in

several book chapters, for instance, issues in the use of multilevel modeling to

examine the effects of classroom context, who are all these cheaters? characteristics

of academically dishonest students (George Mason University, 2017). She also did

some presentations for educational tuitions, such as the cost of cheating: does

perceived punishment predict academic dishonesty? for the American Educational

Research Association, convergence and divergence of teacher, student and observer

reports in measuring classroom goal structure for the annual meeting of the European

Association (George Mason University, 2017).

Professor Miller had done a great deal of research about education. Most of her

research papers are about children, for instance teachers as sources of middle school

students motivational identity: variable-centered and person-centered analytic

approaches (2003), neighborhood community risk influences on preschool

childrens development and school readiness (2010), and the relationship of error

rate and comprehension in second and third grade oral reading fluency (2013)

(George Mason University, 2017). She also did two same research topics in different

age groups, effects of classroom context variables on high school students

judgments of the acceptability and likelihood of cheating (2004) and effects of

classroom context on university students judgments about cheating: mediating and

moderating processes (2007) (George Mason University, 2017).

As we can see, Professor Millers research interest is in Educational Psychology

and Educational Research which are related to what she had studied for Master and

Doctoral degree. She had participated statistical training which is useful for doing

research, such as ICPSR summer program in quantitative methods, JAM press

workshop, and Muthen and Muthen MPlus workshop (George Mason University,

In her academic career, she did many research in students cheating and how

school education and other factors might influence students. In her first research

paper, she used scales to measure how teachers education can help students improved

their learning motivation (Murdock & Miller, 2003). Then she discussed classroom

context affect students judgment about cheating (George Mason University, 2017).

Later she published research about second and third-grade students reading speed

using a subtest to understand how they comprehension the reading (Abbott, Wills,

Miller, & Kaufman, 2012). These articles can show that Professor Miller did much

research in this field and her statistic and educational research background might

support her to finish most of the research.

In conclusion, by viewing Professor Millers academic career, I knew that to be a

scholar in the field of Educational Psychology, it is necessary to have a solid

foundation. It is important to enrich ourselves, since that having the academic

knowledge of Education and Psychology, knowing Statistics and Methodology are

helpful for doing research. To involve some certification training can also reinforce

our future life in the field of Educational Psychology.

Abbott, M., Wills, H., Miller, A. D., & Kaufman, J. (2012). The Relationship of Error
Rate and Comprehension in Second and Third Grade Oral Reading Fluency.
Read Psychol, 33, 1.
George Mason University. (2017, 10 30). George Mason University-College of
Education and Human Development-Faculty Directory. Retrieved from
George Mason University-College of Education and Human Development:
Murdock, T. B., & Miller, A. D. (2003). Teachers as sources of middle school
studentsmotivational identity: Variable-centered and person-centered analytic
approaches. The Elementary School Journal, 103(4), 383.