Inclusive Education Candidate Talk with Dr. Tara Mason

Assistive Technology, Growth Mindset and Personalized Learning: Implications for Student Success and Teacher Development

This research talk will track my research trajectory of providing evidence-based practices in special education and teacher development programs.  My research has focused on the inclusion of assistive technology, growth mindset, literacy instruction and personalized learning in special education programs. Beginning my research journey, I conducted an assistive technology (AT) and teacher development study which was a two-phase mixed-methods research study to evaluate the effectiveness of a distance learning course focusing on AT for students with multiple disabilities and visual impairments. Phase I was conducted with 371 participants nationwide, and Phase II consisted of a cohort of 30 teachers working in a learning module. Findings included that distance-professional development was beneficial and impactful across all categories of study participants. In a current study, I am exploring growth mindset, personalized learning and implications for teacher development and student growth.  This research accompanies a Steelcase Active Learning Center Education grant using statistical measures such as Stanford’s PERTS growth mindset meter, iReady literacy achievement scores, and curriculum-based reading measures. Findings include a positive impact anticipated for special education student outcomes over the next several years. Finally, future research interests are issues related to diversity and inclusion, trauma-informed classroom practice, assistive technology, and multi-modal literacy. The talk will conclude with a summary of future and current research agenda, and a question and answer period.


Meet & Greet will follow in the ICELab

Monday, March 4 at 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Crawford Hall, 119
Gunnison, CO 81230

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