Quality Education in the Benedictine Tradition
Dr. Mary Beth Spore, DeanSchool of Social Sciences, Communication, and EducationPhone: 724-805-2950Fax: 724-532-5083 firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Professor of Psychological Science, Associate Professor of Early Learning and Children’s Media
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Ph.D., Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, 2003M.A., Instructional Science, Carnegie Mellon University, 2001B.S., Computer Science, University of Notre Dame, 1995
PY341 Research Methods in Psychological Science (Spring 2014)
PY212 Child Development (Fall 2014)
CA 240 Public Relations Strategies (Guest)
CA 255 Documentary Techniques (Guest)
Enriching interactions with another human being is the most important ingredient in a child’s development. Promoting a connected community should be the overarching aim of social advocacy on behalf of children. Real and lasting change can start with finding what ordinary people do extraordinarily well with children in everyday moments.
These are the simple lessons I am learning and using from Pittsburgh’s urban classrooms to China’s orphanages, in creating digital tools and evaluating social service programs, in teaching students and developing practitioners. I believe sustained partnership across disciplines, professions, and institutions can make sense and use of research knowledge in service of children.
Fred Rogers once said to a young MTV reporter, “I feel so strongly that deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex. Spread the word.” That’s what I hope to do.
Please contact me for undergraduate and graduate research opportunities available in our “Incubator 143” R&D Lab housed in the Fred Rogers Center.
Noticing the extraordinary in the ordinary: a tale of one classroomhttp://www.popcitymedia.com/features/everydayclassroominteractions073113.aspx
Making Goodness Attractivehttp://www.ocd.pitt.edu/PDF/Backgrounders/133%20COMMUNICATE.pdf
Promoting Effort and Persistence in Childrenhttp://www.ocd.pitt.edu/PDF/Backgrounders/125%20DARE.pdf
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An synthesis of evidence based on China’s emerging success and research around
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Remaking Learning: Blog of the Pittsburgh Kids+Creativity Network. Retrieved fromhttp://remakelearning.org/blog/2012/08/30/guest-junlei-li/