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LSU Professor Honored by American Educational Research Association

04/11/2012 03:03 PM


BATON ROUGE – The American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group on Research on Giftedness, Talent and Creativity has honored Alex Garn, assistant professor in the LSU College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, with the Michael Pyryt Collaboration Award.


The award recognizes an influential collaborator and scholar of giftedness, creativity or talent development who has not previously published scholarship in these areas.  


Garn was selected for the paper “Parental influences on the academic motivation of gifted students: A self-determination perspective,” which was published in “Gifted Child Quarterly.”  Co-authors were Michael S. Matthews, associate professor of education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Jennifer Jolly, assistant professor in the LSU College of Education Department of Educational Theory, Policy and Practice.


Garn’s research interests focus on issues of motivation for physical activity and learning from a social cognitive perspective, including exploration of personal and environmental factors that facilitate or hinder physical activity and learning.


The AERA is a national research society that strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.


For more information on the AERA, visit


The College of Education Department of Kinesiology is concerned with the many aspects of human movement and its application to physical activity and the quality of life. Graduates gain a broad understanding of health and exercise and apply their expertise in schools, community fitness centers, hospitals, rehabilitation units, businesses and industries and a variety of sports settings.


For more information about the College of Education Department of Kinesiology, visit


Effective July 1, the new College of Human Sciences & Education will consist of six schools: the School of Education, the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School.


For more information about the new college, visit

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