Brian Culp, a 2005 doctoral graduate of the College of Education’s physical education and sports studies program, received a statewide award for his dissertation from the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators.
GATE honored Culp with the Distinguished Dissertation in Teacher Education Award at an awards luncheon last month at Jekyll Island. One dissertation is selected each year for this award.
Culp’s dissertation, “Teaching Methods and Life Experiences of Urban Elementary Physical Education Teachers,” examines instruction methods used by African-American and Caucasian elementary P.E. teachers in urban schools.
His study results showed that multicultural education is lacking in many schools. Culp said he believes that teacher education programs should take into account the needs of diverse learners.
“Issues regarding race, social class and culture, and their effects on education are not going to disappear,” he said.
Culp is currently an assistant professor of health and physical education at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah.