Assistant Professor, Foundations, Curriculum and Instruction
“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.” ~Zora Neale Hurston
Adriane Sheffield is a professor in the Department of Foundations, Curriculum and Instruction in the Spadoni College of Education. Her background is in early childhood education, special education and educational psychology. She has more than a decade of experience working in public schools with a focus on underserved populations. She has developed research interests that center around young children and community engagement. Other areas of interest include STEAM education, early robotics experiences for PK-2 students and teacher development and project-based learning.
I love to bake.
I love to travel.
In 2010, I published a children’s book on the country of Liberia with my kindergarten students.
Early childhood education, STEAM education in underserved populations,
Sheffield, A. & Nichols, S. (2015). Full STEAM ahead: Using a project-based curricular framework to engage at-risk students. Presented at National Youth At-Risk Conference, Savannah, GA.
Sheffield, A. & Nichols, S. (2014). Countering a dream deferred: The positioning of african-american girls in STEM. Presented at Race and Pedagogy Conference, Tacoma, WA.
Nichols, S.C. & Sheffield, A. (2014). Is There An Elephant in the Room? Considerations that Administrators Tend to Forget when Facilitating Inclusive Practices among General and Special Education Teachers. National Forum of Applied Education Research Journal, 27 (1/2), 31-44.
Nichols, S.C. & Sheffield, A. (2014). Working with culturally diverse learners with special needs in STEM. In Green, S. (ed). STEM Education: Strategies for Teaching Learners with Special Needs. Nova Science Publishers: New York.