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Oluseyi "Matthew" Odebiyi

Company: St. Cloud State University

Position: Assistant Professor, Teacher Development

Areas of Expertise

  • Elementary Education
  •  Social Studies Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Research Methodology


Ph.D. in Elementary Education from The University of Alabama.


Oluseyi "Matthew" Odebiyi, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Teacher Development, Elementary Education, at St. Cloud State University. His research expertise and teaching interests as they specifically relate to K-6 level include the cross-cultural intersection of epistemology and teacher development, curricula-instructional meaning-making, teacher education, social studies education, translation of inquiry ideas and structures in practice by teacher candidates, and the application of framing theory in education.


Dr. Odebiyi is the secretary/treasurer of the Caribbean and African Studies in Education, a special interest group of the American Educational Research Association. His article Democratizing evidence: Epistemological beliefs profile and United States-based scheme for Nigerian teacher candidates won the 2020 Caribbean and African Studies in Education (CASE) SIG Outstanding Research Paper Award. He is the co-editor of the book, Transforming public education in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East and is currently co-editing Effects of government mandates and policies on public education in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East (with C.S. Sunal and K. Mutua, The University of Alabama).


His current research has expanded to topics in teacher candidates' epistemic beliefs- across culture, curriculam expectations for critical thinking in social context, and pedagogical design capacity for inquiry-based lessons.