Teaching Philosophy

My perspectives on teaching have evolved during my career in the classroom. I see my students as inquiring, curious, and eager to learn. They have high expectations for the quality of instruction, and want to be actively involved in the learning process. In addition, they want to understand how the results of their classroom work can be applied to "real life" situations. I also feel it is important that students understand the "global nature" of many of the issues we discuss.

My classes are designed with certain goals in mind. First, scholarship is important. I read current journal articles so that my students can learn the most up-to-date developments in the field. A research paper assignment facilitates their independent exploration of the literature. Secondly, questioning and exploration are integral components of my classes. Exploratory questions are posed and discussions are moderated to encourage class interest and understanding of the material. Group and individual projects have students conducting research, interpreting data, and making presentations. Finally, case studies support problem-solving and application. The use of films, speakers, and the Internet serve to highlight important issues from both scientific and global communities. I enjoy working with students and furthering their interests and development.

Developmental courses taught:

  • Childhood and adolescence
  • Early Child Development
  • Developmental psychopathology
  • Adulthood and Aging
  • Understanding the human condition : A linked course between introductory psychology and english literature