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Office of the Dean
Teachers College (TC), Room 1005
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306-0625
Dr. Cassady has been with the department since 1999. His areas of work include exploring the impact of academic anxieties (e.g., test anxiety) on learner outcomes in standard educational settings. This line of work has produced the Academic Anxiety Research Consortium, which he directs. He also has studied emergent literacy development trends with topics such as phonological awareness acquisition – with a particular focus on the impact of using technology support tools to advance children’s successes. In another line of research support, Dr. Cassady has worked with colleagues in the field of Gifted Studies to examine the social and emotional needs of gifted adolescents and the effects of instructional differentiation on elementary students’ learning for math and language arts. Dr. Cassady is also a recognized expert in program evaluation for educational programs. His work in this domain has led to several external grants examining the efficacy of funded programs through federal agencies and foundations. Currently, he is working with the National Park Foundation to examine the effect of environmental education programming on developing an environmental ethic and appreciation for the outdoors for children from urban centers. Dr. Cassady is an active writer, with 1 edited book completed in 2008 and another due for completion in Fall 2009. He also has over 30 publications in peer-review journals in the field, and over 50 presentations at national conferences.
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