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Sophia Sweeney

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Dr Sophia Sweeney

sweeney@nsuok.edu

  • Professor
    Educational Leadership

Office Location

  • Tahlequah
    Bagley Hall 106
    (918) 444-3745

Bio

Dr. Sweeney is a Professor of Educational Leadership. She teaches action research, advanced educational measurements (assessment), differentiated instruction, and the Instructional Leadership Thesis/Capstone Experience. Dr. Sweeney earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with a cognate in science education from the University of Arkansas. She also has master's degrees in both biology (plant ecology) and early childhood education. Dr. Sweeney is certified by the American Montessori Society as an early childhood (pre-primary) teacher. In addition to teaching in Montessori schools and running one for over a decade, she served as an education outreach coordinator for the state, creating and implementing water quality and water safety programs, and worked as a field biologist conducting plant surveys and monitoring American Burying Beetle populations. Dr. Sweeney's research interests include nature of science, science with young children and assessment methods.

Education:

  • PhD, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Arkansas, 2010
  • MEd, Early Childhood Education, Northeastern State University, 2005
  • MA, Biology, University of Arkansas, 1996
  • BS, Biology, Northeastern State University, 1994
nature of science, science with young children, assessment methods
assessment, evaluation, research methods

Intellectual Content:

  • Effective Teaching (Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New), Teaching & Learning, Published, 2020
  • Early elementary (K-4) teachers' perceptions of the developmental appropriateness, importance, and potential for classroom inclusion of key nature of science aspects. (Journal Article, Academic Journal), Discovery, Submitted,
  • The Birds, the Children, and the Big Black Dog: Reflecting on Emergent Curriculum (Journal Article, Professional Journal), Application, Published, March, 2018

Presentations:

  • Self-Study Report: Lessons Learned Panel - Sustaining and Advancing the Profession - Norman, OK - October 2018

Courses Taught:

  • MGMT ELEM CLASSROOM & CURR - ELED 4563 - Fall 2020
  • ASSESS PROG MONIT ELEM/MID - ELED 4583 - Fall 2020
  • CREAT EXPR FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD - ECED 4113 - Fall 2020
  • DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCT STRAT - EDUC 5463 - Fall 2020
  • ADVANCED EDU MEASUREMENTS - EDUC 5483 - Summer 2016