Walter Doyle, interim head of the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies, has been awarded the American Educational Research Association's 2017 Legacy Award in its teaching and teacher education division. The award honors significant and exemplary contributions from leaders in the field.
In a letter announcing the award, Pam Grossman, dean of the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, cited nomination letters that spoke to Doyle's 40 years of research, including more than 60 highly cited journal articles, and his 50 published book chapters.
"However, it's not just the duration and quantity of your work that impressed the committee, but the quality of the ideas," Grossman wrote. "Your contributions to the field's thinking about classroom ecology and academic tasks have had a profound influence on research in this field."
Doyle, who has worked at the UA for more than 30 years, received the award in April at the association's annual meeting in San Antonio.His research focuses on classroom processes, curriculum theory and teacher education. His most recent work focuses on curriculum enactment and teacher practicality.