Jacob McWilliams

Jacob McWilliams
University of Colorado | UCD · Women and Gender Center

PhD

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Introduction
My research focuses on issues of gender and sexual diversity in education, and recent work involves developing queer pedagogies for supporting new media literacies practices in the elementary classroom and, most recently, drawing on queer and transgender theory for understanding the dominant discourses of engineering education and how those discourses marginalize and exclude people from traditionally vulnerable gender, sexual, and ethnic groups.
Additional affiliations
January 2017 - April 2019
University of Colorado
Position
  • Managing Director
August 2009 - August 2014
Indiana University Bloomington
Position
  • Research Assistant

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Publications (19)
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Mathematics has long been understood to be a "gatekeeper," which functions to restrict access to educational opportunities due to (a) its central role in formal educational sequences, and (b) the high failure rates often observed in mathematics courses. Failing is an encounter with a type of border: a border that divides a continuous scale into two...
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This article offers a way forward for educators and researchers interested in drawing on the principles of queer theory to inform participatory design. In this article, I aim to achieve two related goals: To introduce new concepts within a critical conceptual practice of questioning and challenging the heterosexual matrix and to recommend principle...
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The calculus sequence is widely recognized by engineering students and faculty and by engineering education researchers as one of the course sequences that “weed out” students who are unlikely to survive the rigors of the engineering curriculum [1, 2, 3]. While this “weeding out” process is often critiqued, it nevertheless has remained prominent in...
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Every country – and even every community – has populations of students who severely underperform relative to other groups and to their own potential. These performance differences are generally called achievement gaps, and they tend to focus on gaps at basic levels of academic proficiency. But such gaps also exist among the highest levels of achiev...
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This article draws on recent research in educational psychology, the learning sciences, literacy studies, and media studies to argue for an approach to talent identification and development that takes into account cultural shifts resulting from new media practices. Specifically, we will make the following arguments: That research in talent identifi...
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Drawing on Jones's ethical model and Ajzen's theory of planned behavior, this study proposes and tests an integrative model for the decision-making process underlying software piracy. Survey data collected from computer users in Guangzhou, China, in ...
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The major objectives of this study were to determine the characteristics of creativity development of Chinese children, the creative organizational climate of Chinese schools, and the relations among them. The results provided evidence that the creativity scores of children in elementary school were significantly higher than those of children in mi...
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Traditional literacy instruction is perhaps still necessary but is certainly no longer sufficient to prepare learners for participation in the range of literacy practices that characterize an increasingly participatory culture. This article identifies discrepancies between traditional instructional practices that emphasize individual mastery of abs...
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The explosion of new social network technologies has highlighted the awkward relationship between new “Twenty-first century” media practices and existing educational systems. Traditional content standards, achievement tests, and accountability pressures threaten nascent efforts to foster equitable, transparent, and credible participation in these p...
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"Our fear is that social cohesion and equity inherent in the promise of public schooling will be undermined by (the Knowledge Revolution)." Allan Collins and Richard Halverson make this statement early on in their fascinating, but ultimately somewhat short-sighted book, Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schoo...

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Studying the organizational infrastructure of a prominent engineering school, and how that infrastructure works to produce students as particular kinds of people.