Education Student Shows Real Character, Promise
Fusing the relationship between the arts and social-emotional growth has been a passion of Alena Tunprasert for many years.
“My work is primarily focused on how youth develop, and demonstrate creativity and critical thinking through the performance and media arts,” said Tunprasert, an education doctoral student in the College of Education. That same passion has earned her the fourth annual Victor A. Battistich Memorial Graduate Award from the Center for Character Education and Citizenship in the COE.
“I chose UMSL because the College of Education has a fantastic training program for graduates interested in working in education and the positive support I receive from the department and my adviser, Marvin W. Berkowitz,” she said.
Tunprasert, who was a torchbearer for the 2002 Olympics, has already accomplished so much. She has been working alongside Natalie Bolton, assist professor of educational psychology at UMSL, to evaluate the Socratic method of teaching history. From that research she will be submitting two articles for scholarly publication. She’s conducting program evaluations for national health initiatives at Transtria, a small public health research and consulting company in St. Louis. She chronicles her research through her blog. Full story available online at UMSL Daily.
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