Dr. Laureen A. Fregeau
Office Hours

UCOM 3812
T 10:30-12:00; 3:15-4:15
TH 10:30-12:00; 3:15-5:30
Ph: (251) 380-2619
Fax: (251) 380-2713
307 University Blvd., S.
Mobile, AL 36688-0002
Dr. Laureen A. Fregeau
Associate Professor, Department of Professional Studies
Education Policy, Comparative and International Education, Applied Linguistics, Latin American Issues/Education, Progressive Education

Education
B. S., Biology, Minor in Chemistry, Stonehill College, Massachusetts, 1979
Peace Corps Training, Center for Human Potential, Project Planning and Management, Fisheries Sciences, Spanish, Latin American Culture, Guatemala, 1980
New England Bilingual Special Education Faculty/Dean Training Institute, Harvard University and Bridgewater State College, 1985-86, (Certificate)
M. A., Applied Linguistics in ESL/Bilingual Education, University of Massachusetts at Boston, 1987
Educational Planning Certificate 1989
Ph.D., Education Theory and Policy, International Development, Pennsylvania State University, 1991
Teaching Philosophy

People learn differently and through varying approaches and modes. They deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. I have always taken a student-centered, constructivist (from a Critical Theoretical) approach. I address all learning styles, incorporate authentic assessments, apply new technologies, and I restructure my courses yearly based on input from students. I want students to be able to apply their new knowledge to improve their lives and the lives of their community and their world. My courses will continue to be high-quality and demanding.

We live in a global community thus our citizens need to be aware and experienced in global perspectives and experiences to fully contribute to our nation’s success and their own. To this all my teaching incorporates global perspectives. I incorporate interactions between my students and people around the globe through videoconferencing and other technologies. My students are encouraged and assisted to reach out to people around the globe who can help them broaden their perspectives, knowledge and cross-cultural connections. Our lives are busy and so delivery of education should be flexible giving students options from which they can select what best suits their needs and preferences. To this end I offer my students class attendance via physical or virtual participation. My courses offer students assignment choices so that, within the course content, they may self-direct the course to fit their interests.

Research 
Education Policy, Comparative and International Education, Applied Linguistics (ESL/Bilingual education), Latin American Issues/Education (particularly Central America), Progressive education, authentic and experiential teaching and assessment, diversity issues in education.

International Videoconferencing, International Perspectives: This research expands on my international videoconferencing research to engage scholars in other countries (Kenya and El Salvador) in research on videoconferencing as a tool to connect students and faculty internationally. UES English Language Dept. faculty have expressed interest.
Social justice and ESL and mainstream classroom teacher preparation policy: I will complete my research project on ESOL certification in AL and across the US this summer and submit it as one of my potential publications. I have collected all the data and have processed more than half. The findings were presented at CIES in March, 2015. A related article will be published in the Fall 2015 issue of Tapestry Journal.
Globalizing college education through videoconferencing: I have taken a new direction with this research since I am no longer teaching undergraduate teacher education courses. Thus far I have employed participant observation and auto ethnography to record the process of implementation, challenges and variation of design and implementation experiences. I am now applying for approval to gather participant perspectives through surveys and interviews. I will submit one article for consideration to a peer reviewed journal from this research. I am in conversations with faculty at the University of El Salvador to develop a related collaborative research project that will tie into TEFL as well.
Outreach
•Past-President, conference committee, Emerald Coast TESOL (will run for another office in September 2015)
•Editorial Board and Reviewer for School and Community Journal
•Marietta Johnson School of Organic Education Museum Board
•Committee for Charter School for Mobile County and Lower Alabama
Biography

Laureen A. Fregeau is Associate Professor of Educational Foundations at the University of South Alabama where she teaches world languages, applied linguistics, multicultural education, gender and international development, and international and comparative education. Her Ph.D. in Education Theory and Policy with concentrations in International Development, Gender and Development and Foundations of Education was earned at The Pennsylvania State University. She has worked with immigrant and international populations since 1980 in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras, and various parts of the U. S. Her work includes research assessing diversity/ESOL issues in teacher preparation, innovative minority and rural school education in Alabama, and issues of gender and development in Latin America. Dr. Fregeau holds a Masters in ESL/Bilingual Education and has worked with ELLs and immigrants at middle school through adult levels and in ESL/Bilingual teacher preparation. Her recent research focuses on social justice issues related to EL teacher preparation and globalizing college curricula via international videoconferencing.

 

Courses

EDF 615 - Seminar in Education Policy Studies

EDF 515 Multicultural Education

LG 110 World Languages

EDF/GS/IS 490 Special Topics, Gender and Development

EDF/GS/IS 490 Special Topics, International Development and Education

EDF/GS/IS 490 Special Topics, Comparative and International Gender and Family Issues