College of Education Curriculum and Instruction doctoral candidate Marcus Johnson will participate in the inaugural Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition, an event where doctoral candidates present their research in three minutes on Friday, Feb. 3. Winners from the preliminary heats in the morning will compete in the final round in the afternoon.
Johnson is one of 19 Ph.D. candidates/competitors. There is a 1st place, 2nd place, and audience choice award.
Johnson’s thesis is titled, World Do You Hear Me?: A Phenomenological Study of Early Elementary Black Males’ Understanding of Heroes, Role Models and Citizenship. The thesis explores the concept of role modeling in addressing the needs of young Black males and how the perspectives of those young children are often ignored. According to Johnson, “The implications of this research study emerge for the areas of early elementary education, teacher education programs, social studies curriculum, and meaning-making in the new digital age.”
Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the exercise cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
The event will be held at POB 2.302, Avaya Auditorium on UT's campus (building on the corner of Speedway & 24th St.). Johnson’s participation begins at 11:19AM.