Dr. Marcia Lawton
Associate Professor of Education
"I came to Wesley after teaching at larger institutions. The small class sizes here give me the chance to work with the same students over a period of time, getting to know them, and watching them grow and develop as professionals. At the same time, the collaborative work environment with colleagues in the education department has contributed to my own professional growth. I find it all very satisfying."
Why I Teach:
Ph.D., Education - Curriculum and Instruction, University of Delaware
M.A., Curriculum and Instruction for Special Education, Catholic University of America
M.Ed., Special Education and Recreation, Boston University
B.Mus., Elementary and Secondary Music Education, Westminster College
Area(s) of Research:
- Literacy practices for young children.
- Methods for preparing teacher candidates.
Publications and Presentations:
- Lawton, M.P. (Fall 2011). The 20% Solution. In Cole, J.E. (ed.). Teaching the Way Students Learn: Practical Applications for Putting Theory into Practice. Rowman & Littlefield (in press).
- Lawton, M.P. (Fall 2011). Taking Back the Classroom: Helping Teacher Candidates Develop the Skills of Reflective Practitioners. In Cole, J.E. (ed.) Preparing Change Agents for the Classroom: From Paradigm to Practice (in press).
- “Reflection as knowledge construction: Learning and applying the skills of ‘teacher as researcher’ in reading tutoring classes.” Presented at the Association of Literacy Educators & Researchers conference, November, 2010.
- “Phonemic Awareness and Letter Sound Correspondence in Preservice Teachers.” A presentation with Dr. Jill Cole at Association of Literacy Educators & Researchers conference, November, 2010.
- “Using metacognitive strategies: How do poorly performing readers view the reading process.” A presentation with Dr. Jill Cole at the Association of Literacy Educators & Researchers conference, November, 2010.
ED321 Assessment and Instruction of Children with Literacy Problems
ED341 Classroom-Based Assessment
ED493 The Reflective Teacher
ED458 Effective Teaching Strategies