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Dr. Bridget A Franks
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Tel: (402) 554-2763
Fax: (402) 554-3881
Ph D - University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Educational Psychology - 1988
School Psychology Certificate, 60 hour program - University of Nebraska-Lincoln - School Psychology - 1985
MA - University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Educational Psychology - 1983
BS - University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Human Development and Family Studies - 1977
At the undergraduate level, I have taught child, adolescent, and adult development, as well as educational psychology and lifespan development. At the graduate level, my courses have included learning theory, human development, cognitive development, the psychology of reading, and assessment methods. I presently teach Human Growth and Learning and Foundations of Education.
Research / Creative Activity Interests:
My present research program is an exploration of the attentional and metacognitive processes readers use to understand and evaluate science-related text, specifically during the transition from early to late adolescence. My most recent studies involve the use of computer programs to record readers’ metacognitive behaviors, such as looking back at previously read text. I am also interested in broader theoretical issues in the developmental sciences; a recent publication proposes a developmental framework for research on children’s responses to large-scale disasters.Other ongoing work involves the role of the developmental sciences in in construct of PTSD, and the development of scientific reasoning.