Ruth Johnston, Mrs.
121 Meier Hall
BiographyCurrently pursuing Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at Loyola University in Chicago. Concentration in research and assessment.
Presently building a professional relationship with the Porter County Museum and the Methods for Teaching Elementary and Middle School Social Studies course. Teacher efficacy in social studies, service-learning, and best practice pedagogy will be incorporated in the study. Students will develop and implement curriculum for elementary students visiting the museum based on state standards.
NCGE Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award - 1995
Elementary Geography Teacher of the Year for Indiana - 1993-1994
B.S.Ed. - Ball State University 1987
M.Ed. - Valparaiso University 1996
Areas of SpecializationElementary pedagogy
Geography and Social Studies Education
Technology As Pedagogy
ED 200/400 Fine Arts in the Elementary Classroom
ED 305/505(308/508) Technology As Pedagogy
ED 324 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom
ED 327 Methods of Social Studies Instruction in the Elementary Classroom
CORE 110 and CORE 115 – The Human Experience - 2005-2008
V.U. Strategies – 2006-2008
Pre-service Teacher Efficacy in Social Studies
Examining and analyzing attitudes about social studies in pre-service teachers.
Learning and Curriculum
Examining ways to integrate university coursework, teacher certification standards, assessed needs of a community museum, and Indiana State Academic standards to create a premier elementary teacher education program.
Technology As Pedagogy
Researching ways to increase teaching effectiveness and student learning using technology in a variety of ways.
Pre-Service Teacher Efficacy in Social Studies
Researching pre-service teacher attitudes about social studies teaching before and after engaging in study of best practices, curriculum building specific to the displays at the Porter County Museum.
Technology in 21st Century Schools
Examination of research-based findings regarding technology and teaching to increase teacher effectiveness and student learning.
- Kappa Delta Pi
International Education Honor Society; Valparaiso Chapter Counselor and member since 1985
Member of the National Council of Social Studies
Member of the National Council of Geographic Education
Member of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education
Geography Educator Network of Indiana – former Board Member and present Life member
Member of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Member of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Developments