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Childhood Across Culture

Theo Klimstra

In-Person | Tuesday/Thursday | May 25 - Jun 29, 2023

Intermediate-level study of child development, with emphasis on cultural perspectives integrating psychological and anthropological theory. Children's development examined across cultures and in the context of the various social institutions and settings within which they live.

Examines the relationship between health, health care, and community. Considers the determinants of health and illness in contemporary society. Major emphasis on how communities define and try to resolve health-related problems explored through case studies.

Grammar & Writing for Teachers

Dana Simpson

Asynchronous | Online | July 5 - August 11, 2023

The teaching and learning of grammar and writing in the context of research, classroom practice, diverse populations, and high-stakes testing. Topics include composition theory, writing in a variety of genres, the implementation of writing programs K-12, teaching grammar in the context of speaking and writing, teaching Standard Written English to students of color and bilingual students, and response and evaluation. A thorough review of English grammar appropriate for teachers K-12 is included.

Education of the Exceptional Child

Erin Seaton

Virtual | Tuesday/Thursday AM | Jul 6 - Aug 10, 2023

Starting with a history of special education, introduces students to effective responses to the diverse needs of exceptional learners in an inclusive classroom. Building on a strengths perspective, topics include brain and biological development and supporting students with specific learning disabilities, executive functioning disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and mood and behavioral disorders in schools.

The Foundations of Literacy

Asynchronous | Online | May 24 - Jun 30, 2023

The role of literacies, multiliteracies, reading and writing instruction, and responding to students' developing dispositions as literate individuals in schools. Recommended for elementary STEM MAT students, English MAT students, and undergraduate students interested in exploring literacy and reading and writing instruction in schools.


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Chelsea Andrews | Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Chelsea Andrews was a postdoctoral researcher at the Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) and University of Massachusetts-Boston where her primary research involves investigating children's engagement in engineering design through in-depth case study analysis. She is now a research assistant professor at Tufts. She completed her PhD in the Tufts STEM Education program where she looked at how elementary students engage in physically testing their designs, how they handle the inevitable failures that occur during this testing, and how adults can productively support them through these failure experiences. 

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Erin Seaton | Associate Chair

It was Erin E. Seaton's studies at Earlham College that first inspired her interest in psychological health and development. At Earlham, Erin explored adolescent coming of age stories. Throughout her scholarship she has held fast to her interest in the nature and meaning of narratives with a particular emphasis on the ways in which stories about race, class, gender, sexuality, and education shape identity formation. Erin earned an Ed.M. and Ed.D. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, where she studied adolescents' narratives of identity and development. 

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Merredith Portsmore | Research Associate Professor

K-12 engineering education in the United States has gained significant momentum in the past 10 years as engineering-based curriculum projects, web sites and professional development have emerged across the country. Engineering education in the U.S is slowly changing from a way to increase enrollment in engineering at the college level to a movement that advocates including engineering content and methods for all students as a means to help students understand the designed world, provide students with a methodology for solving ill-defined problems, and as a context for integrating science and mathematics learning. 

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