Sally Blake, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor, Elementary Education


Curriculum and Instruction

Research Interests

Sally Blake examines science education and English learners; teacher education in science and mathematics; and how high-stakes testing affects the creativity of teachers and children. She serves on the NABE Outstanding Bilingual Teacher National Award Committee, is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal for Research in Technology Education and is a reviewer for several journals, including the Journal of Teacher Education and the Journal of Creative Behavior.


  • D. University of Mississippi, Curriculum and Instruction, 1991
    • Elementary Education with a focus on science and mathematics
  • S. Arkansas State University, Elementary Education, 1978
  • S.E. Arkansas State University, Elementary and Early Childhood Education (dual degree), 1973

Recent Publications

Refereed Journals

  • McCarthy, C., & Blake, S. (2017). Is this going to be on the test? No child left creative.               Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators Journal, 26(2)Summer 2017. 

  • Blake, S., Burkett, C. & Krause, J. (2016). Putting the Cart Before the Horse. An Investigation of the Relationship of Personality and Teacher Leader Skills with Undergraduate Teacher Education Students. A paper presented at AACTE National Conference. Las Vegas, Nevada.  

  • Blake, S., McCarthy, C., & Krause., (2014). The paradoxical nature of academic measures and creativity. Creative Education 5, 797-802. Published Online June 2014 in SciRes.

Books and Book Chapters

  • Blake, S. & Burkett, C. ( 2017). Creativity in workforce development and innovation: Emerging research and opportunities. IGI Global, Publisher of Progressive Information Science and Technology Research

  • Blake, S., Winsor, D, & Allen, L., (2012). Child development and the use of technology: Perspectives, applications and experiences. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

  • Blake, S. & Giannangelo, D. (2012). Creativity and Young Children: Review of Literature and Connections to Thinking Processes. In  O. Saracho & B.Spodek (eds), Contemporary perspectives on research in creativity in early childhood education. (pp. 289-312). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

  • Blake, S., Winsor, D, & Allen, L. (Eds.) ( 2012). Technology and young children: Bridging the communication-generation gap. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Children’s Books

  • Blake, S. (2008). Science for Children Series. Materials and matter. Avon Books. Content Editor.

  • Blake, S. (2007). Heinemann-Raintree new series of children’s science books. Content editor for manuscript development.

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