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Research Interests

My current research interests focus on teacher training, technology integration, teacher self-efficacy beliefs and addressing the psychological and educational needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students.

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-reviewed publications

Pratt, C., Sadilova, A., Wei, T, Wang, Y., Dan, Y., & Zaier, A. (2014). Investigating the Primary Orientations and Principal Majors of Learners of Less Commonly Taught Languages. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 4 (3), 41-53.

Inan, F., Ari, F., Flores, R., Arslan-Ari, I., Zaier, A. (2013). Adaptive Online Learning Systems. In K. Cagiltay & Y. Goktas (Ed.), Foundation of Instructional Technology: Theories, Research, and Trends (pp. 227-236). Ankara, Turkey: Pagem.

Hamman, D., Coward, F., & Zaier, A. (2012). Exploring the Relation Among Teachers, School Experiences and Adolescents' Efficacy for Engineering Studies, The Journal of the Texas Association of Teacher Educators, (2), 142-161.

Rudd, L.C., Lambert, M., Satterwhite, M., & Zaier, A. (2008). Mathematical language in early childhood settings: What really counts. Early Childhood Education Journal, 36(1), 75-80.

Duemer, S. L., Donalson. K., Delony, S. & Zaier, A. (2008).Behavioral expectations of 110 nationally ranked liberal arts colleges. Journal of Higher Education, 10(2), 1-14.

Barnard, L., Crooks, S., Boroda, G., Kittikunanant, M., Lu, R., Wang, C., Wang, Q., White, D. & Zaier, A. (2008). How to present a computer-based geographic map: Do Map label and textbox location make a difference in learning? In K. McFerrin et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2008 (pp. 1038-1040). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Proceedings Publications

Zaier, A., & Inan, F. (2012). The development and validation of the sources of multicultural efficacy scale (SMES), International Association for Technology, Education and Development (IATED)

Inan, F. A., Flores, R. Zaier, A. & Flores, A. Zaier, A. & Arslan-Ari, I (2012). Evaluation of the impact of an adaptive statistics tutorial on college students learning, International Association for Technology, Education and Development (IATED)

Inan, F.A., Ari, F., Fores, R., Zaier, A., & Arslan-Ari, I. (2012). Impact of an adaptive tutorial on student learning, S.A. Cerri et al. (Eds.): ITS 2012, LNCS 7315, 681–682,

Ari, F., Flores, R., Arslan-Ari, I., Zaier, A. & Inan, F. (2010). Evaluation of students' perception, learning, and satisfaction in an adaptive web based learning environment. Proceeding of the Annual Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology.Vol.1.(pp.1-5). Anaheim, CA.

Flores, R., Inan, F., Ari, F., Arslan-Ari, I. & Zaier, A. (2010).The decisions influencing the design of an adaptive web based learning environment. Proceeding of the Annual Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. Vol.1.(pp.51-56). Anaheim, CA.

Non-Peer Reviewed Publications

Zaier, A., & Canales. L. (2007, April 18). Take heed: Demographic shift in West Texas, West Texas Hispanic News, P. 8.

Zaier, A., & Canales. L. (2007, April 25). Is it a medium of instruction or dominance, West Texas Hispanic News, P. 2.

Zaier, A., & Canales. L. (2007, May 2). I speak English with an accent, West Texas Hispanic News, P. 3.

Zaier, A., & Canales. L. (2007, May 23). School systems: Pluralistic or antagonistic, West Texas Hispanic News, P. 3.

Zaier, A., & Canales. L. (2007, May 30). Hispanic adolescents’ sense of identity, West Texas Hispanic News, P. 7.

Zaier, A., & Canales. L. & Chanchez. A. (2007, June 20). Hispanic children’s eating habits, West Texas Hispanic News, P. 3.

Canales. L., & Zaier, A. (2007, April 18). Tengamos cautela: Cambio demografico en West Texas, West Texas Hispanic News, P. 4.

Canales. L., & Zaier, A. (2007, May 16). Sistema escolares: Pluralista o antagonista, West Texas Hispanic News, P. 2.

Canales. L., & Zaier, A. (2007, June 6). Juventud Hispana: Su perspectiva, West Texas Hispanic News, P.2

Chanchez. A., & Zaier, A. (2007, June 27).Nuestra Comida: Lo que comen nuestros hijos, West Texas Hispanic News. P. 2

Manuscripts In Progress

Zaier, A., Gafaiti, H. Interest and motivation to learn about Arabic Muslim Culture and civilization.

Zaier, A. Assessment of students’ misconceptions about Arab Muslim Culture and civilization.

Zaier, A., Pratt, C., Sadikova, A., & Wang. Y. Commonly taught languages’ learning strategies and language self-efficacy: Investigating the relationships.

Conference Presentations

Zaier, A., & Inan, F. (November, 2012). The development and validation of the sources of multicultural efficacy scale (SMES), 5th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Madrid, Spain.

Inan, F., Flores, R. Zaier, A., Ari. F., & Arslan-Ari, I (November, 2012). Evaluation of the impact of an adaptive statistics tutorial on college students learning, 5th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Madrid, Spain

Dan,Y., Lan, W., & Zaier, A. (April, 2012) Development and Evaluation of History Interest Inventory. The 20th CAERDA International Conference, Vancouver Canada

Dan,Y., Lan, W., & Zaier, A. (April 2012) .Examining the Mediating Effect of Learning Strategies on the Relationship between Chinese Students’ History Interest and Achievement. The 20th CAERDA International Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Pratt, C., Zaier, A, Sadikova, A., Wong, Y. (April 2012). Inquiry on the Improvement of Less Commonly Taught Language Education in U.S. Colleges. The 20th CAERDA International Conference, Vancouver British Columbia.

Zaier, A., Pratt, C., Sadikova, A., & Wang, Y. (November,2012). Impact of Foreign Language Teachers’ Self-Efficacy Beliefs on Learners. A paper selected by the ACTFL board to be presented as a round table at the CTFL Convention in Philadelphia.

Inan, F. Ari, F., Flores, R., Zaier, A., & and Arslan-Ari, I (2012, June,). Impact of an Adaptive Statistics Tutorial on Student Learning. A paper to be presented at the 11th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Chania, Greece.

Pratt, C., Zaier, A.,Sadikova, A., Dan, Y., & Wang, T. (2011, February, 7). What are students' primary orientations for studying less commonly taught languages. Accepted by Division Div II: Instruction, Cognition, and Learning for the 34th Annual meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association, San Antonio, Texas.

Lan, W., Zaier, A., Dan, Y., Chinese American Educational Research and Development Association (CAERDA International Conference), Vancouver, British Columbia., "Development and Evaluation of History Interest Inventory." (April 12, 2011).

Dan, Y., & Zaier, A. (2011, January, accepted).Why I am interested in history: Comparing history interest between American and Chinese students. Accepted for presentation at the 2011 Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Ari, F., Flores, R., Arslan-Ari, I., Zaier, A. & Inan, F. (2010, October). Evaluation of students' perception, learning, and satisfaction in an adaptive web based learning environment. Paper presented at the Annual convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Anaheim, California.

Flores, R., Inan, F., Ari, F., Arslan-Ari, I. & Zaier, A. (2010, October).The decisions influencing the design of an adaptive web based learning environment. Paper presented at the Annual convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Anaheim, California.

Zaier, A. (2010, February). Exploring the Factors that Predict Preservice Teachers’ Culturally Responsive Teaching Self-Efficacy Beliefs. Accepted by Division VI Graduate Students Seminars Work in Progress for the 33rd Annual meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association, SERA in New Orleans.

Zaier, A., Hamman, D., Coward, F. (2010, February). School and teachers’ impact for choosing Engineering as a major. Accepted by Division I: Educational Administration, Policy, Leadership, and Program Evaluation for the 33rd Annual meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association, SERA in New Orleans.

Hamman, D., Coward, F., & Zaier, A. (2010, May). Exploring the effects of teachers and school experiences on adolescents’ choice of engineering careers. Accepted for The American Educational Association AERA annual conference at Denver, Colorado.

Coward, F., Zaier, A., & Hamman. D. (2010, May). Support as a contextual influences on career choice in STEM Fields: A qualitative study. Accepted for The American Educational Association AERA Annual conference at Denver, Colorado.

Stevens, S., Zebidi, A., Zaier, A. (2010, May). Measurement of Perceived Social Barriers for Women in Mathematics, division E - Counseling and Human Development. Accepted for The American Educational Association AERA Annual conference at Denver, Colorado.

Zaier, A. (2009, April). Preservice Teachers Culturally Responsive Teaching Self-Efficacy Beliefs. Presented at 25th Annual All-University Conference on the Advancement of Women in Higher Education: Innovation, Migration and Transference: Voices, Gender and Expression in the Changing World.

Zaier, A. (2009, February). Assessment of ITA’s self-efficacy and teaching anxiety, presented at the SERA annual conference at San Antonio.

Zaier, A. (2009, February). Left-handedness and life success: three sources of inquiry, presented at the SERA annual conference at San Antonio.

Rudd, L.C., Zaier, A., Lambert, M., & Satterwhite, M. (2008, November). Mathematics and the young child: What really counts in early childhood education, presented at the NAEYC Annual conference & Expo, Dallas.

Barnard, L., Crooks, S. M., Boroda, G., Kittikunanant, M., Lu, R.,Wang, C., Wang, Q., White, D., & Zaier, A. (2008, April). How to present a computer-based geographic map: Do map label and textbox location make a difference in learning? Poster session presented at the COE conference.

Rudd, L., Satterwhite, M., Zaier, A, & Matthew Lambert (2008,February).Making it Count: Examining Opportunities for Mathematical Instruction across Preschool Teachers, presented at the South West Educational Research Association, SERA.

Rudd, Loretta, Matthew Lambert, Macy Satterwhite & Zaier, A. (2008, February). Interobserver Agreement: Successfully and Painfully Established. Presented at the South West Educational Research Association. SERA.

Barnard, L., Crooks, S. M., Boroda, G., Kittikunanant, M., Lu, R.,Wang, C., Wang, Q., White, D., & Zaier, A. (2008, March). How to present a computer-based geographic map: Do map label and textbox location make a difference in learning? Poster session to be presented at the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Siwatu, K. O., & Zaier, A. (2007, April). Preservice teachers’ self-efficacy and preparedness to teach English language learners. Paper presented at the Texas Tech University, Hispanics in the Southwest Conference, Lubbock, TX.

Zaier, A. (2006, April). Impact of training on International Teaching Assistant’ self-efficacy to teach in college classrooms. Paper presented at the Texas Tech University, COE conference, Lubbock, TX.

Loretta C. Rudd., Zaier. A., Satterwhile. M & Lamber. M. (2006, April). A Description of the Language Interactions of Early Childhood Educators at a University Child Development and Research Center. Paper presented at the Texas Tech University, COE Conference, Lubbock, TX.

Zaier, A., & Zebidi. A. (2006, March). Arabic Language Diaglossia and diversity. A round table discussion panel presented at the TxNAME conference.

Zaier, A., & Zebidi, A. (2006, November). Arabic for Specific Purposes (ASP): Needs assessment and application of the curriculum, presented at CMLL conference.

GRANTS

Inan, A, F., Flores, R., & Zaier, A. (2014).Collaborative Research: Adaptive Student Evaluation and Response System (ASER): Personalized Learning Environment for Community College Mathematics Courses, National Science Foundation (NSF) ($530,889)

Inan, F., Zhang, Y., Crooks, S., Zaier, A. (declined). Collaborative Research: Individualized Mathematics Learning through an Adaptive Cyberl earning, National Science Foundation (NSF) ($1,029,153)

Inan, A, F., Flores, R., Ari, F., Arlslan, A. I., & Zaier, A. (2008).The Impact of Adaptive Motivational Strategies on the Effectiveness of Computer-Assisted Instruction ($1962).

RESEARCH TEAMS