Faculty lecture to focus on research around skill development in novice, early-career teachers
McKillop Library will host the first of its faculty lecture series for the 2022-23 academic year, and this one is with Dr. Elaine Silva Mangiante and Dr. Tracy Pelkowski, associate professors and in the Department of Education. Entitled “Studies of Skill Development for Novice & Early-Career Teachers,” the lecture will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 4-5:30 p.m. on the first floor of McKillop Library. To register for the event, go here.
Dr. Mangiante and Dr. Pelkowski will present the results of their research published in the book, “Teaching and Learning for Adult Skill Acquisition: Applying the Dreyfus and Dreyfus Model in Different Fields.” This book highlights the work of scholars and practitioners who use the Adult Skill Acquisition Model to inform the teaching and promotion of a learner’s growth in a career across six stages of skill development: novice. advanced beginner, competent, proficient, expert and mastery.
Dr. Mangiante will present findings and implications from a three-year longitudinal study. This study tracked a pre-service teacher’s evolving understanding and enactment of skills for teaching during her elementary teacher preparation program, all while she was also serving an as undergraduate researcher in engineering education.
Dr. Pelkowski will describe how she used the skill acquisition model to analyze the culturally responsive practices of three secondary social studies teachers. Data indicated that participants ranged from novice to approaching the competent stage regarding characteristics of culturally responsive pedagogy. Results suggest that teachers need ongoing training and support in the development of critical consciousness and culturally responsive areas of practice.
Dr. Mangiante specializes in math, science and engineering design education at the elementary level. Her research interests include strategies for elementary science and engineering education, effective teaching practices, promotion of students’ social norms of interaction, urban education and mentoring for teacher development from novice to expert.
Dr. Tracy Pelkowski’s scholarship focuses on how to prepare culturally responsive, anti-racist secondary educators as one means to promote equity in education. Dr. Pelkowski has presented research at numerous conferences in the U.S. and abroad, including the American Educational Research Association, the National Council of Social Studies and the International Conference on Learning.
The lecture will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 4-5:30 p.m. on the first floor of McKillop Library. To register for the event, go here.
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