Ian E. Scheu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Education

SBET 209


Professor Scheu was born on Long Island, New York and was raised in Key Largo, Florida.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Hampden-Sydney College in 2000 and subsequently received his Masters of Education in Gifted Education from The University of Virginia in 2002.  He taught in the Virginia public school system for eight years (grades 6 to 12) and three years at the Faison School for Autism (pre-kindergarten to adulthood).  He is currently is an Assistant Professor of Education at California Lutheran's Graduate School of Education.


2000:  Bachelors of Arts in English - Hampden-Sydney College

2002:  Masters of Education in Educational Psychology (Gifted) - University of Virginia

2012:  Doctorate of Education in Instructional Leadership - Virginia Commonwealth University


Professor Scheu has expertise in the following areas:

1.  Adolescent Play and Play Theory

2.  Curriculum Development

3.  Adolescent Development

4.  Socio-Historical Theory and Applications

5.  Gifted Education

6.  Multicultural Perspectives in Education

7.  Quantitative Research and Research Methodologies



Scheu, I. & Lawrence, T.  (2013).  Considerations of translating psychological tests into digital mediums: A case study.  Journal of Educational Computing Research, 49(2).

Scheu, I. & Xu, Y. (2012).  "Expanding Fröebel's garden: Play's effect on the cognitive development of adolescents."  International Journal of Adolescence and Youth.  DOI: 10.1080/02673843.2012.741048

Scheu, I.  (2010).  "Authentic assessments," in Y. Xu (Ed.) Assessing young Englishlanguage learners: From theory to practice. New York,NY: Nova Science Publishers.


Scheu, I.  (April, 2013).  The Work of Teens: The Relationship between Adolescent Play and Cognitive Development.  Poster accepted by the 2013 American Education Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Scheu, I.  (March 29, 2012).  A history of play-based instruction—philosophy, policy, and practice.  Poster presented at the 2012 Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

Scheu, I.(April 16, 2011).  A practical application of play theory in curriculum development for early adolescence.  Poster presented at the 2011 Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) Annual Conference,New Orleans, LA.

Scheu, I.   (April 30, 2010).  Play's the thing: An investigation into the viability, practicality, and research of adolescent play theory.  Paper presented at the American Education Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, Denver, CO.

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