Erik Byker

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Assistant Professor
COED
704-687-8893

Dr. Erik Jon Byker is an assistant professor in the Department of Reading and Elementary Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Erik has a Ph.D. Degree in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy from Michigan State University and holds a M.Ed. Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia. His fields of specialization include curriculum foundations, educational technology integration, global citizenship education, and social studies. Erik’s research agenda is comparative and international in scope as he has conducted ethnographic field studies in Cuba, England, Germany, India, South Africa, South Korea, and across the United States on how social actors in elementary school students use and construct meaning for computer technology. Over the 2010-2011 academic year, he lived in Bangalore, India, and collected dissertation data on how an economic cross-section of Bangalore's elementary school teachers and students were using computer technology in their schools. Since then, Erik has returned to India to investigate the impact of volunteering for Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) on Indian young adults perceptions of citizenship, schooling, and a future role in education in India. Erik teaches courses in culturally responsive pedagogy, instructional design, and social studies methods

Research Interests: 

Critical Cosmopolitan Theory
EdTPA and the edPASR Strategy
Educational Technology Intergration
Global Competencies/Citizenship
Technological Play Theory

Education: 

Ph.D. Michigan State University, 2012, Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy
M.Ed. University of Virginia, 2006, Curriculum and Instruction
B.A. Dordt College, 1995, Elementary Education
B.S. Dordt College, 1995, Political Science

Teaching: 

Foundations of Education and Diversity in Schools, Prospect for Success
Multicultural Education – South Africa Study Abroad Trip  
Teaching and Integrating Social Studies 
Integrating the Elementary School Curriculum
Teaching Social Studies to Elementary School Learners           
Student Teaching Supervision at Patriots STEM Elementary

Community Involvement: 

2016 - present        Chair of the UNC Charlotte Undergraduate Research Conference Committee
2015 – present     Chair of the Constructivist Research SIG, American Educational Research Association 
2015 – present    Co-Chair of the ICT 4 Development SIG, Comparative and International Education Society 
2015 – 2016        Newsletter Editor, Social Studies Research SIG, American Educational Research Association 
2014 – 2015        Program Chair of Constructivist Research SIG, American Educational Research Association
2014 – 2015        Webmaster of the Social Studies Research SIG, American Educational Research Association
2013 – present     Executive Council Member, South Asia SIG, Comparative and International Education Society 
2013 – present         International Advisory Board Member, Global STEMx Online Conference
2013 -2015      Secretary of the South Asia SIG, Comparative and International Education Society
2012 – present   International Advisory Board Member, Global Education Collaborative Online Conference
2012 – present   Webmaster of the Constructivist Research SIG, American Educational Research Association

Awards & Honors: 

2016   Awarded the Best Original Conference Submission by the Constructivist Research SIG of AERA
2015   Selected to Honors College Faculty at UNC Charlotte
2015   Selected to the Prospect for Success e-Book Writing Team
2014   Selected to Mu Chapter Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, UNC Charlotte
2014   Junior Faculty Research Excellence Award, Honorable Mention, Stephen F. Austin University
2013     Best Dissertation Award from the South Asia SIG of the Comparative and International Ed. Society
2010     Love of Learning Award, Phi Kappa Phi
2010     Selected to the Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society of Academic Achievement 
2009     Awarded Presidential Scholar by Sigma Alpha Pi, Society of Leadership and Success
2003     Praxis Series – ETS Recognition of Excellence Certificate
2000     Shirley Willis Award for Outstanding Teaching from the Close Up Foundation
1999     Shirley Willis Award for Outstanding Teaching from the Close Up Foundation
1997     Shirley Willis Award for Outstanding Teaching from the Close Up Foundation

Selected Publications: 

Byker, E.J. (2016). Developing global citizenship consciousness: case studies of critical cosmopolitan theory.     Journal of Research in Curriculum and Instruction, 20(3), 264-275.

*Xu, T., Byker, E. J., & Chen, J. (2016).Comparing what teacher candidates know about each other: China and the     United States. International Education Journal, 15(2), 72-84.
*Byker, E. J. & Banerjee, A. (2016). Evidence for action: Translating field research into a large scale assessment.     Journal of Current Issues in Comparative Education, (18)1, 1-13.
*Byker, E. J. (2016). The one laptop schools:  Equipping rural elementary schools in South India through public     private     partnerships. Global Education Review, 2(4), 126-142. 
*Byker, E.J. (2015). Teaching for ‘global telephony’: A case study of a community school for India’s 21st     century. Policy Futures in Education, 13(2), 234-246.

*Fox, B.L. & Byker, E. J. (2015). Searching for equity in education: A critical ethnographic exploration of Cuba.     Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research, 9(3), 183-196. 

*Williams, N., Byker, E.J., & Good, A. (2015). Tweeting as civic agency:  What is the role of social media in     social studies classrooms? Social Studies Texan, 31(1), 54-57. 

Byker, E. J. (2014). ICT in India’s elementary schools: The vision and realities. International Education Journal,     13(2), 27-40. 

*Byker, E.J. (2014) Needing TPACK without knowing it: Integrating educational technology in social studies.     Social Studies Research and Practice, 9(3), 106-117.

Byker, E.J., & Tutt, S. (2014). A web journey through the Civil War: Using webquests to investigate social     studies. Social Studies Texan, 30(4), 23-27.

*Byker, E. J. (2014). Sociotechnical narratives in rural, high-poverty elementary schools: Comparative findings     from East Texas and South India. International Journal of Education and Development using ICT, 10(2),     29-40.

*Byker, E. J. (2014). ICT oriented toward nyaya: Community computing in India’s slums. International Journal     of Education and Development using ICT, 10(2), 19-28.

*Byker, E. J. (2014). Instructional technology and school ethos: A primary school model in Southwest England.     World Journal of Educational Technology, 6(1), 88-98.

*Byker, E.J. (2014). Bangalore's challenge: The social construction of educational technology in India’s Silicon     Valley. Global Studies Journal, 7(1) 25-31. 

Byker, E.J. (2013). Marking the history of monumental women: Addressing gender inequity through digital     Images and virtual field trips. Social Studies Texan, 29(3), 16-18.

Byker, E.J. (2013). Critical cosmopolitanism: Engaging students in global citizenship competencies. English in     Texas Journal, 43(2),18-22.

*Byker, E. J., & Fox, B. L. (2013). Navigating hybridity: Investigating the dance between culture and values     within the Cuban national education system. Glocalism: Journal of Culture, Politics, and Innovation, 1(1).     doi: 10.12893/gjcpi.2013.1.8

*Byker, E. J. (2013). Conscientizao of a computer curriculum: A case study of a community computing model in     Bangalore, India. Revista de Ciências da Educação -Journal  of Educational Science ~ Brazil, 28(5).

*Data-base and peer-reviewed