Benita Bruster
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Benita Bruster

Professor

College of Education - Teaching & Learning

“I look forward to celebrating the successes of our students in the College of Education. As our students get their first teaching jobs and are able to fulfill their dreams of teaching, celebrating their professional successes is a true inspiration.” Dr. Bruster on what she enjoys about working students

Ph.D. Literacy and Teacher Education

I am currently the Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning in the Eriksson College of Education. I have been at APSU for 12 years and a faculty member in literacy, teaching primarily in the Reading Specialist Master's Program.

My research interest includes reflective practice, teacher education, literacy, and best teaching practices.

McConnell, J. R., Bruster, B. G., & Smith, V. B. (2018). Predicting teacher effectiveness based on various preservice factors: Implications for higher education and the evaluation of teacher preparation. International Journal of Educational Reform, 27(3).

Bruster, B. (2016). Section 15, Managing Conflict, In Dorothy Balancio (Editor), Conflict Management: An Introspective Approach to Negotiating Skills. San Diego, CA: Cognella Academic Publishing.

Bruster, B. (2016). Responsiveness to student needs in on-line courses. National Social Science and Technology Journal. 5 (1).

Bruster, B. (2015). On-Line course development: Engaging and retaining students. Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators. 24, (2), 1-7.

Bruster, B. & Nelson, N. (2015). "Poetry and Writing: Improving Fluency and Motivation for Students with Developmental Dyslexic Traits", Reading Improvement, 52(3), 93-99.

Peterson, B. & Bruster, B. (2014). Inquiry into reflective practice of teacher candidates, International Journal of Social Sciences and Education.

Bruster, B., & Peterson, B. (2012). Using critical incidents in teaching to promote reflective practice. Reflective Practice. International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives Journal. Nov. 1-13. DOI:10.1080/14623943.2012.732945

Harris, A., Bruster, B., Peterson, B., and Shutt, T. (2010). Examining and facilitating reflection to improve professional practice. MA: Roman and Littlefield, Inc.

Bruster, B. & Luck, D. (2009). Partnering with parents. Tennessee Reading Teacher Journal, 37 (1), 41-44.

Bruster, B. (2009). Breaking down barriers to student success in content area text. National Social Science Association Journal, 31(2) 26-30.

Bruster, B. (2008). Service learning: Family literacy projects involving pre-service teachers. Tennessee Reading Teacher Journal, 36(1), 2-6. .

Bruster, B. (2006). Reading and Language Arts White Paper: Research and Theoretical Support for Literacy Products. Compass Learning, Austin, TX.

Bruster, B. (1994). Reading Recovery Site Report Year 3: A Study of Reading Recovery students across North Texas, Texas Woman's University, Denton.

Bruster, B. (1993). Reading Recovery Site Report Year 2: A Study of Reading Recovery students and students involved in small group instruction, Texas Woman's University, Denton.

Bruster, B. (1992). Reading Recovery Site Report Year 1: A comparative study of students in the Reading Recovery Program and a control first grade group. Texas Woman's University, Denton TX.

Bruster, B. (1991). Scaffolded Instruction: The Effective Use of Teacher Student Dialogue, Texas Woman's University, Denton TX.