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Griffin, Cynthia



Professor
School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies
College of Education
University of Florida
1403 Norman Hall
PO Box 117050
Gainesville, FL 32611
352-273-4265
Fax: 352-392-2655
ccgriffin@coe.ufl.edu

Research Biography

My early research efforts focused on intervention studies in reading for students in inclusive elementary classrooms. As a new professor at the University of Florida, I coordinated the internship program in Special Education, and began studying novice special education teachers. In recent years, I have returned to intervention research with a focus on elementary school mathematics. Currently, I am working to combine my interests in teachers and mathematics by studying teacher knowledge of mathematics, their classroom practices, and the influence of these factors on student achievement in math. I am also dedicated to teacher education and doctoral preparation having taught courses in academic methods, collaboration, disability characteristics, and research courses using both traditional and on-line classroom formats.

Degrees

Ph.D. – Purdue University, Special Education

M.S. – Purdue University, Special Education

B.A. – University of Kentucky, Special and Elementary Education

Key Professional Appointments

Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor, University of Florida, 1990-Present

Activities & Honors

University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) Professor, 2011-2014

B.O. Smith Research Professor, 2008-2011

Grants

Principal Investigator. Prime Online: Teacher Pedagogical Content Knowledge and Research-based Practice in Inclusive Elementary Mathematics Classrooms, 2010-2013, U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES), $1,457,085.

Principal Investigator. Project COMPUTE: Creating Opportunities for Mathematics Progress Utilizing Teacher Education, 2008-2012, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, $788,291.

Co-Principal Investigator. Enhancing Mathematical Word Problem Solving Performance of Students with Learning Disabilities in General Education Classrooms, 2001-2004, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, $549,146.

Selected Publications

Articles

Brownell, M.T., Griffin, C.C., Leko, M.M., & Stephens, J. (2011). Improving collaborative teacher education research: Creating tighter linkages. Teacher Education and Special Education, 34(3), 235-249.

Rockwell, S.B., Griffin, C.C., & Jones, H.A. (2011). Schema-based strategy instruction in mathematics and the word problem solving performance of a student with autism. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 26(2), 87-95.

Jitendra, A.K., Griffin, C.C., Xin, Y.P. (2010). Intended, implemented, and learned curricula in third grade mathematics classrooms: A case study. Journal of Curriculum and Instruction, 4(2), 33-50.

Griffin, C.C. (2010). A summary of research for educational leaders on the induction of beginning special educators. Journal of Special Education Leadership, 23(1), 14-20.