2011 Siegfried H. Horn Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship

Award Category: Arts & Humanities

Larry Burton
Professor of Teacher Education
School of Education

Larry Burton, professor of teacher education, has taught in the School of Education since 1995. His efforts to encourage professors and students to engage in education research have made him a leader in his field and garnered the support of his colleagues.

Since 2003, Burton has led out in Profile, a research initiative exploring implementation of the curriculum adopted for K-12 schools for the NAD Office of Education. For the past four years he has led a study identifying the factors in the Department of Biology’s success rate, funded by the National Science Foundation. Between 1996 and 2001, Burton, in collaboration with Sharon Prest, associate professor of technology education, developed and directed the Intel-ebration Expeditions Program, a Web-based learning system that has been used in more than 100 K-12 schools around the world.

He is the co-author of Teaching the Faith: An Essential Guide for Raising Faith-shaped Kids (Review & Herald, 2004), which has also been translated into Romanian. His many refereed articles have appeared in the Journal of Adventist Education, Religious Education, Private School Monitor and Journal of Research on Christian Education, which he has edited since 2005. He is the author or co-author of more than 40 peer-reviewed conference presentations or papers. As a recognized scholar in the fields of curriculum studies and private education, Burton was a contributing author to both the Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies (Sage 2010) and the Encyclopedial of Educational Reform and Dissent (Sage 2010). In the past four years, he has been the author or co-author of 14 research reports evaluating curriculum implementation and faith integration. He has chaired 15 dissertations to completion and been on many dissertation committees.

He has sponsored writing groups to help students prepare their research for presentations. His students in the Curriculum & Instruction program have presented their research in regional, national and international forums including the American Educational Research Association and the International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies.