Writing Research to Achieve Self-Efficacy

Maryann Pasda DiEdwardo

April 8, 2015

For Dad

Thesis: Writing for self-efficacy portrays a style that recalls past, present and plans on future artistic service through the art of thinking and sharing a path.

Research writing compounds the process of writing into steps that will engage self-efficacy. We begin by a proposal or research question and answer. Often, we write an abstract or proposition in writing conference planning.Sample proposal for conference presentations will start with a great title such as, “Technology Based presentation with two original books about Pennsylvania Rivers, their impact on writing and historical fiction and a series of original paintings based on Millbrook Marsh of Center County, Pennsylvania."

From 2002-2009 I wrote books and painted oils and watercolors about the rivers in the state of Pennsylvania. During the early months of 2009, contemplation on the land where I live promoted me to write a diary called "Writing between Rivers", Lehigh, Delaware and Susquehanna, a paradigm for a novel about poverty called The Passing Light. I teach journaling and historical fiction writing in my lectures. I visited special places that inspired me to retain hope as I experienced life changes such as job shifts, illness, and the death of my parents. The land between rivers emerged as a template and voice to tell a story that carries hope. I came to know poverty during the twentieth century. My father experienced her during the Black March in Eastern Europe and my mother found her in the confines of a childhood in the coal regions of Pennsylvania with her. To end world hunger, we banish selfishness and engender hope through sharing. Share plenty with others so you engage in peaceful acts to bridge poverty through contentedness. I am delighted to share my writing and art based upon the rivers of Pennsylvania. Proposal by DiEdwardo.

My professional career in writing and teaching began in 1975 at the Northampton Community College. From 1976 to 1979, I served as a Professional Assistant in the Reading –Writing Lab. In 1977, the Center for Adult Learning chose me as the Teacher for Children’s Theatre at the Community College. I have written, directed, and produced four original musicals with children performing of the public between 1977 and 1979. I was awarded an Outstanding Service Award from Project Aware in 1978. In 2004 I received Doctorate of Education from California Coast University. Maryann held positions as Adjunct Faculty for DeSales University, Lehigh Valley Campus of The Pennsylvania State University, Northampton Community College as Adjunct Professor for Department of Arts and Sciences and Distance Learning Department and Adjunct Faculty for Lehigh Carbon Community College.

Writing educational frameworks continues to ignite my research path. Recent course curriculum design opportunities for University of Maryland University College include re-design of The Modern Novel and OERs, curriculum and teaching guide for Standard English Grammar ENGL281 and for ENGL386 History of the English Language for upper class undergraduates. I teach Writing, Renaissance Literature, Women's Literature, Poetry, and Linguistics at University of Maryland University College in the distance setting 2010 to present. At Lehigh Carbon Community College in 2006, I designed the first distance learning class that the college offered in English 2 with a Classical Literature concentration. The class included short story, poetry, drama and fiction units in an eight-week session.

For the past 25 years, I have been managing Learning environments in the area of Distance Learning. It is my specialty. I have created my own system for my own school which I designed 1993-2002. When I completed my Doctoral studies in 2004, I closed my private online programs and became a Computer Based Specialist and Adjunct Professor for 4 area colleges and Universities in the Lehigh Valley. In the process, I lectured on the use of pop culture as a component to creating useful learning environments online; as an additional responsibility, I also acted as course designer for online learning classroom for the first online course offerings at Lehigh Carbon Community College for Literature based English 2. Since 2003, before my appointment at UMUC, I usually was scheduled to teach 3 distance classes per semester online with institutions such as Northampton Community College and Lehigh Carbon Community College.

I am also experienced in designing learning paradigms and structures online for traditional hybrid and computer based classes for my own online writing school and publishing company 1995-2001, Northampton Community College, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Penn State, Lehigh, University of Maryland University College and DeSales Universities. I have lectured at our regional, state and national conferences on technology and learning. I am qualified to teach the following courses and concentrations: American Women's Literature both pre and post 1900. At DeSales University, I taught Introduction to Drama and American Literature Colonial through Romantic (1450 to 1890) in eight week sessions; Classical Literature including Greek and Roman Drama, Stage History, Elizabethan Period, Shakespeare, James Joyce, British Poetry and American Literature. My recent classes that I taught at Lehigh have concentrated on the works of Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison; other classes include concentrations in Jack Kerouac and the Beat Period, and British Literature with a specialty in Charles Dickens in my recent presentations for international conferences. In my graduate program at Lehigh, I heavily concentrated on Native American Literature; and in my undergraduate studies at Penn State University, I focused on Stage History and Film Studies.

For the past 9 years at Lehigh University, I have lectured at conferences for our English and Education Departments on Cultural Diversity and on Feminism. In classes, I offer presentations on Transcendentalism. I also studied American and British Poetry, and I have taught Film Theory which I have emphasized as a themed class to teach writing based on film theory with concentrations in American Film History at Lehigh University in English 1 and 2. I am prepared to teach creative non-fiction, short story, and have recently published a juvenile fiction book and a set of short stories. My undergraduate degree is in Theatre Arts from Penn State University. At Lehigh University, I concentrated on Stage History 1980 (As You Like It) (performances by Katharine Hepburn, Vanessa Redgrave, Dame Edith Evans) and published a book in 2005 based on my thesis. I am Writing Coach for the Graduate School of Computer Science and Engineering at Lehigh University 2011 to present.

I am honored and grateful to share what I am doing. I provide guidance to writers in the area of opportunity and career guidance. Based on my professional speaking presentations for international conferences, I will demonstrate the importance of the research and writing career as a fluid and creative path. I am also experienced in designing learning paradigms and structures online for traditional hybrid and computer based classes for my own online writing school and publishing company 1995-2001, Northampton Community College, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Penn State, Lehigh, University of Maryland University College and DeSales Universities. I have lectured at over fifty regional, state and national conferences on technology and learning.
OERs, Online Educational Resources, apps such as Goodreads, and Social Networking impact pedagogical approaches to teaching nineteenth-century American literature. I invite audience participation with metacognitive pedagogical creative teaching models, paradigms and frameworks based on practical applications through Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.Create a travel journal based on a personal experience and study of Thoreau’s travel journaling.

My creative approach to use of metacognitive activities is based on thinking about thinking. Prepare students by planning and training through metacognitive preparatory opportunities to engage in informal writing and conversations. Life story writing is my key model. Memory is the cornerstone of the style. History based writing is essential to good story telling. We will base our stories on the works that we read at the library and refer to a set of research as the focus of the story, then add historical fiction techniques such as setting, character, tone, style and plot. We write for a global multiethnic and ageless audience. Stories can indeed reach all readers. To write, we engage memories of readings, life experiences and imagination. Accordingly, these three patterns compose voice on the written page. But, writing is needed for human dignity.

The class is themed on ideas about the human condition. My students create journals as primary sources for essays. Writing based on keen observation and self discovery is a part of learning to write. Students will need to find ways to enjoy the pace by excelling in their writing from the first week. Paradigms of research based internet resources like Diigo are useful to create annotated bibliographies to collect data. Diigo as a resource is based on my own books, articles, presentations and original published poetry. I also list other poets as well, especially 21st century new poets! Then, I coordinate my Diigo resources with our Google Scholar by setting up weekly lesson samples. I use this process for short journaling exercises that students prepare weekly. The topic is providing habits like researchers perform for case studies. I also reflect the reasons for my lessons so that students realize that THEY are the creators of their own thoughts. I analyze my lessons and coordinate these lessons with cognitive function expected. Please go to Prezi.com to see my presentations for more examples.
<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"> Active Learning starts with Brainstorm about framework and apply to current teaching of participants. Practice metacognition such as use of previous knowledge of student and THINK PAIR SHARE exercise. Paradigm of Active Learning in the classroom through OPEN ACCESS RESOURCES with examples: 1) reading key articles by scholars in the field in blogs, wikis, web sites, books, pamphlets, newsletters, or journals or other material 2) demonstrating techniques of close reading in order to explicate a text with terms of the literary scholar that apply to writing across the curriculum 3) and differentiating among major literary genres to converse, to analyze, and to use cultural heritage.</span>


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2015 College English Association. Presenter. Indiana. March 26, 2015.

2015. Northeast Modern Language Association. Toronto. Presenter.

2014 Lilly Spring International Conference, Bethesda Maryland in June 2014. "Metacognition"
College English Association 2014 Baltimore - I will present "Metacognitive Pedagogical Models for Literature Study in Higher Education: Student-directed pedagogical models and 21st century pop culture themes fuse to ignite a learning community for reflection, discovery, and social networking to motivate the 21st century student. Learning strategies based on Metacognitive processes focus on Multiple Intelligence Theory, Life Story Writing, Studying Oral Histories, Writing Process Theory, Learning Paradigm and Learning Communities."
NeMLA Dr. Maryann DiEdwardo, Lehigh University, University of Maryland University College, will present at the 45th Annual NeMLA Convention. 9.23 “The Short Story in the African American Literary Tradition and Authentic Assessment”9.23 The Composition Classroom: Integrating and Evaluating the Creative (Roundtable) Fri April 4 4:45 pm2013.
2013. Teleconference Presentations Monthly from July 2012-present. As Health Educator and Scholar, Appointed to Board of the National QiGong Association 2013. Also, member of Task Force to Design Terminology, and Secretary of Research and Education Committee.
National QiGong Association Conference. Four Hour Lecture. Philadelphia, PA. The Efficacy of QiGong. July 26, 2013. I will present a case study on one patient, myself, in a theoretical study of health writing, psychological theory, and medical QiGong.

Annual Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching – Bethesda, to be held May 30 - June 2, 2013. "Writing as a Learning Community to Promote Student Authentic Assessment and Transformation" 40 minute presentation
Pennsylvania College English Association 2013. Gettysburg, PA where I will speak on my paper about New Historicism and original free verse poems. “Poetry of Landscape of Gettysburg: Wild Imaginative Musings of War and Death” for 2013 Pennsylvania College English Association Conference, March 14-16, at the Eisenhower Hotel and Conference Center in Gettysburg, PA.
College English Association in Savannah, Georgia, 2013. The Nature of Gender Study originates with my research and scholarship about Pocahontas, a Mythic Native American Figure and decodes through feminist theory to preserve, to reveal, and to retain her memory to further develop Her assimilation. My article for the Department of English, Lehigh University, “Pocahontas as Christy Girl” was published in 2008: The Pocahontas Archive, History on Trial.
Lehigh Valley Hospital Health Network January 2013. Taiji for Parkinson’s Patients. Demonstration and Lecture.
Lehigh Valley Health Network. October 13, 2012. Taijiquan for Wellness 2-Hour Demonstration and Lecture. Allentown PA.
Meditation Demonstration from the Yoga Perspective. Taijiquan Enthusiasts Conference. Pennsylvania. 2012.
Lilly Conference. 2012. May. Washington D.C. Based on my book entitled The Fourth R, I create frameworks that connect cultures. Students possess qualities of memory based upon human every day experiences similar to those experiences within literary works they read. I play pod casts of sample student essays that show how students recall events or conditions based upon the relationship of reading to memory.
PCEA in Scranton, PA April, 2012 Title: “Creative Journaling As the Basis for Writing the Short Story and Methodology for Creating Paradigms for Frameworks in Writing Classes in the University Setting for Traditional and Distance Students”
CEA in Richmond VA 2012 International Conference
Presentation of a Paper and Chair for Pedagogy 8 on March 31, 2012: The New Curriculum of English Departments: Evolution or Intelligent Design? (University Teaching and Lines that Divide) Title: “The Short Story in the African American Literary Tradition with an Authentic Assessment: Transforming Teaching Methodology and Student Learning”
Maryann DiEdwardo Ed.D., E-RYT500. Presenter for Lehigh Valley Hospital Health Network Cancer Center, Yoga for Breast Cancer at Banko Center, Muhlenberg Campus. Designed Restorative Yoga Postures for the morning sessions on November 4, 2011.
Annual Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching Washington, DC June 2 - 5, 2011. Acceptance follows: "I am pleased to inform you that your proposal “Blog and Wiki Journaling and E-Portfolios about Themes of Nature and Place Memory Engage Student Voices" has been accepted as a 40 minute presentation. Due to the large number of proposals for concurrent sessions and poster presentations submitted this year, we were able to accommodate only 59% of applicants primary requests following a peer, blind review process. Proposals came from 29 different states and 4 countries. Therefore, it is noteworthy that your proposal was accepted."
College English Association International Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida. March 31, April 1 and 2 2011. “Writing Between Rivers Transforming Poverty through Writing Travel Journals and Juvenile Fiction”
Pennsylvania College English Association Conference (PCEA) Narratives of Travel and Navigation: English by Water, Air, Land, and Imagination. Erie Pennsylvania. March 2011. “Travel Journals of Thoreau with Attention to Themes of Nature, Transcendentalism, and Place memory as a Framework for Teaching English Composition and Writing Juvenile Fiction.”
“Overcoming Poverty through Journaling.” Feminism in Practice Conference, Reflection, Action, Change. Lehigh University. November 2010.
“Writing Between Rivers.” The Passing Light. EAPSU Conference, English Association of the Pennsylvania State Universities A River Runs Through Us: Exploring the Poetics of Place. October 1-3, 2010.
Lilly Conference Washington, D.C. June 2010. “Music in the College English Classroom.”
Pennsylvania College English Association. Spring 2010 Conference. “Social Justice: Novels of Charles Dickens and Maryann DiEdwardo.” Hotel Bethlehem, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Northeast Regional Comparative and International Education Conference, Lehigh University. Beyond Aid: Rethinking Approaches to International Development in Education, October 8 - 9, 2009. Cultural Diversity for Student Empowerment.
College English Association National Convention Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 2009. “Pairing Music and Linguistic Intelligences.”
“Feminist Practice in the Art of Pocahontas Viewed Through Feminist Art Theory. Lehigh University. Feminism in Practice Conference, November 15, 2008. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
“Hispanic American Literature Techniques Teach Language Skills in the Composition Classroom.”
West Virginia University’s Thirty-Second Colloquium on Literature and Film. September 11-13, 2008. West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia.
“‘The Fourth R’ Hispanic American Literary Tradition.” Pennsylvania College English Association (PCEA) 2008 Annual Conference. “Celebrating American Literature.” April 10-12, 2008. State College, PA. Presenter and Session Chair.
Readings: Works of Creative Fiction in 2007 by Maryann Pasda DiEdwardo and Patricia J. Pasda. Women’s Cancer Research Event Lehigh University. English Department. Drown Hall. Bethlehem, PA October 25, 2007.
“The Fourth R.” Pennsylvania State University ESL Conference Finding Our Voices: An ESOL Strategies Conference, September 22, 2007. Hotel Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
“Latin American and Latina/o Studies Models Paradigms and Frameworks.” Northampton Community College Latino Conference. October 14, 2006.
“Pairing Linguistic and Music Intelligences in Technology Enhanced and Distance Classrooms.” Cedar Crest College Technology Symposium 2006 August
Lecturer for Montgomery County Community College Technology Conference 2004 October
Lecturer for Lehigh Carbon Community College Teaching Learning Center Lunch and Learn for Faculty Lecture and Video for Archives 2005
“Advanced Placement English Language and English Literature” for Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Annual Summer Conferences Harrisburg, PA 1998-2002.