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Elizabeth M. Hughes, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Education
Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education

G9B Canevin
Phone: 412.396.4475

Education:

Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Clemson University, 2011
M.Ed., Special Education, Clemson University, 2007
B.A., Elementary Education, Boston College, 2002
Bio

Dr. Elizabeth M. Hughes is an assistant professor of special education at Duquesne University. Prior to completing her doctorate at Clemson University, she was an elementary school teacher near Atlanta, Georgia. Her research interest include academic achievement of diverse learners in inclusive educational settings.

Recent research includes:

  • concrete representational abstract (CRA) sequence to teach middle school students
  • video instruction to teach mathematics to students with autism
  • impact of pen pal experiences on elementary students' learning and reading motivation
  • use of fictional literature to enhance teacher candidates' learning about disabilities

Dr. Hughes' work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including TEACHING Exceptional Children, Teaching of Psychology, Elementary School Journal, and Journal of Special Education Technology, and The Teacher Educator.

Awards/Grants

Awards:
2015- Duquesne University Creative Teaching Award

2015- Duquesne University School of Education Early Career Award for Teaching Excellence

Grants:
Mahalingappa, L., & Hughes E. M. (2014). Canevin Center Grant. (2,500). Assessing the effectiveness of a virtual field experience on pre-service teachers' preparation for working with English Language Learners (ELLs)

Hughes, E. M., & Polat, N. (2014). Canevin Center Grant. (2,500). Curriculum-based measures to assess preservice teachers' knowledge of special education and ELL content knowledge.

Chitiyo, M., & Hughes, E. M. (2014). Rev. Alphons Loogman, C.S.Sp., Faculty Research Grant. ($4,500.00). General and special education teachers' professional development needs in selected Southern African Countries.

Yakubova, G., & Hughes, E. M. (2014). Duquesne University Professional Development Fund. ($10,000.00). Video modeling research on mathematics mastery for students with autism spectrum disorders.

Hughes, E. M. (2013). Duquesne University Presidential Scholar Writing Grant. ($5,000.00). Algebra Instruction for Students with Disabilities: From Meta-analysis to Practice.

Hughes, E. M. (2013). International Research Association. ($2,500.00), IRA Esther Zolt Academic Research Grant. Motivating Students to Achieve: The Impact of a Pen Pal Program on Students' Achievement and Motivation

Hughes, E. M., & Evering, L. C. (2011). Association of Literacy Researchers and Educators ($2,500.00), Challenges and Triumphs of Digital Storytelling through Teacher Education: A Formative Experiment.

Recent Publications

Willingham, D. T., Hughes, E. M., & Dobolyi, D. G. (in press). The scientific status of learning styles theories. Teaching of Psychology,

Riccomini, P. J., Smith, G. W., Hughes, E. M., & Fries, K. (in press). The Language of mathematics: Teach it! Learn it! Use it! and remember it! Reading & Writing Quarterly: Overcoming Learning Disabilities.

Hughes, E. M., Evering, L. C., & Malloy, J. A., Gambrell, L. B. (2015). "Do you have a brother? I have two!": The nature of questions asked and answered in text-focused pen pal exchanges. Reading Horizons.

Hughes, E. M., Fries, K., Riccomini, P. J., Witzel, B., & Konyongo, G. (2014). Meta-analysis of algebra interventions for students with learning disabilities. International Association Journal of Special Education. 15(1), 36-47.

Hughes, E. M., Hunt-Barron, S., Wagner, J. Y., & Evering, L. C. (2014). Using young adult literature to develop content knowledge of autism for preservice teachers. The Teacher Educator. 49(3), 208-224.

Hughes, E. M., Evering, L. C., Williams, A., & Buck, D. (2014). Evaluating literature portraying individuals with exceptionalities for classroom use and application. Pennsylvania Reads, 13, 10-22.

Ryan, J. B., Hughes, E. M., Katsiyannis, A., McDaniel, M. & Sprinkle, C. (2014). Research-based educational practices for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Teaching Exceptional Children, (Reprint of original article published in Teaching Exceptional Children, 43(3), 56-64.)

Ryan, J. B., Hughes, E. M., Katsiyannis, A., McDaniel, M., & Sprinkle, C. (2011). Research-based educational practices for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. TEACHING Exceptional Children, 43(3), 56-64.

Gambrell, L. B., Hughes, E. M., Calvert, W. L., Malloy, J. A., & Igo, B. (2011). The role of authentic tasks in elementary students' literacy. The Elementary School Journal, 112(2), 234-258.

Green, J. M., Hughes, E. M., & Ryan, J. B. (2011). Improving time management skills of a young adult with an Intellectual Disability. Journal for Special Education Technology, 26, 13-20.

Hughes, E. M., & Riccomini, P. J. (2011). Mathematics motivation and self-efficacy of middle school students. Focus on Middle School, 24, 1-6.

Hughes, E. M., & Hunt-Barron, S. (2011, December). Developing patience and understanding: Pre-service teachers' journeys with young adult literature and autism. Reading Matters, 12, 32-36.

Ryan, J. B., Katsiyannis, A, & Hughes, E. M. (2011). Medication treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Theory Into Practice, 50, 52-60.

Recent Presentations

Chitiyo, M. & Hughes. E. M., Itimu-Phiri, A., Taukeni, S, & Changara, D. (2015, June) Professional development needs of general and special education teachers in selected African countries. Presentation accepted at International Association of Special Education. Warcraw, Poland.

Hughes, E. M. (2015, April). CEC Algebra. Discussant at Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference and Expo. San Diego, CA.

Hughes, E. M. (2015, April). I've got technology, now what? Digital storytelling in an inclusive setting. Poster accepted at Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference and Expo. San Diego, CA.

Hughes, E. M. (2014, December). Writing pedagogy for preservice teachers, inservice teachers, and students. Discussant at the 2014 Literacy Research Association Annual Meeting, Marco Island, FL.

Quinones, S., Hughes, E. M., & Shumaker, J. (2014, December). Do you think Sarah is a bully?: Exploring interpretive discussions of shared texts with 5th graders in an online pen pal program. Paper presented at the 2014 Literacy Research Association Annual Meeting, Marco Island, FL.

Riccomini, P. J., Hwang, J., Morano, S., & Hughes, E. M. (2014, October). Common error patterns in middle school students' fraction computations. Interactive poster presented at the 2014 Council for Learning Disabilities Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA.

Williams, A., & Hughes, E. M. (2014, April), Examining critical thinking factors in the writing of pre-service teachers through children's literature. Poster presented at Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference and Expo., Philadelphia, PA.

Chamber-Shultz, L., & Hughes, E. M. (2013, December). Academia 101: Navigating the journey from graduate student to professional. Session presented at the Literacy Research Association Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX.

Hughes, E. M., & Evering, L. C. (2013, November). If you give a teacher an iPad: A formative design on digital storytelling. Lecture presented at Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers National Conference, Dallas, TX.

Hughes, E. M. (2013, April). Mathematics motivation: Assessing middle school students' self-efficacy beliefs on fractions. Poster presented at Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference and Expo., San Antonio, TX.

Hughes, E. M., Fries, K., Riccomini, P. J., Witzel, B. (2013, April). Algebra instruction for students with disabilities: From meta-analysis to translation to practice. Lecture presented at Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference and Expo, San Antonio, TX.

Hughes, E. M., et al. (2012, December). Academia 101: Answering your questions about graduate school, the job market, and life after the Ph.D. Alternative session presented at the 62st Annual Literacy Research Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Hughes, E. M., & Riccomini, P. J. (2012, April). CRA instruction of fractions retention for middle school students. Poster presented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 2012 Research Presession, Philadelphia, PA.

Hughes, E. M., Riccomini, P. J., Fries, K., & Tudor, D. (2012, April). Error analysis of fractions for middle school students. Lecture presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference and Expo., Denver, CO.

Wagner, J. Y., Hughes, E. M., & Hunt-Barron, S. (2012, April). Using fiction with preservice educators to facilitate understanding of autism spectrum disorder. Poster presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference and Expo., Denver, CO.

Courses Taught

Foundations of Inclusive Practices

Numeracy: Accommodations and Adaptations

Response to Intervention

Systematic Observational and Assessment