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Mark Olofson

 
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Mark Olofson
Research Associate, Center for Education Research and Policy Studies (CERPS)

Dr. Olofson’s research expertise is broadly in the area of K-12 education. Specifically, he has applied experience with middle school teacher professional development – in creating and executing programs, and conducting formative and evaluative research in such settings. Particularly, this expertise is on professional development towards personalized education and technology integration. Second, Dr. Olofson has conducted research in K-12 policy, specifically around issues of personalized education, school attendance, and the differences in teacher quality experienced by students from underrepresented minorities and disadvantaged socioeconomic groups. This research has also intersected with theory concerning policy enactment at the local level in response to mandates from state-level policymakers. Finally, he developed an expertise in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and using the construct in the sociology of education to model individual adversity in conjunction with family and neighborhood based measures of dysfunction.

Methodologically, Dr. Olofson has specialized in mixed methods in educational settings, structural equation modelling (including confirmatory factor analysis), multivariate regression, and survey instrument development.

KEYWORDS

  1. Adverse childhood experiences
  2. Constructivism
  3. Education policy
  4. Policy enactment
  5. Professional development
  6. Program Evaluation

UTEP STRATEGIC AREAS

  1. Education for the 21st Century Demographic