Christopher Ward

Carlo Cerruti

Christopher Ward

Ph.D. University of Washington, Educational Psychology, 2009

Dartmouth College
208 Raven House
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: (603) 646-8124
Fax: (603) 646-3968

In my instruction, I model the kind of thinking and teaching I want my students to pursue by accessing and building on their prior knowledge, scaffolding their reading of rigorous texts, cognitively apprenticing deep and meaningful questioning, and being genuinely caring and interested in their ideas and engagement in every class session.
  • Education 15: History and Theory of Human Development and Learning (Fall 2013)
  • Education 60: Learning and Education Across Cultures (Winter 2014)
  • Education 57: Social and Emotional Development (Spring 2014)
Research and Teaching Interests
I have recently piloted a study of teacher candidates' motivation and engagement as they participate in collaborative case discussions in an undergraduate course. I am assessing whether and how teacher candidates are engaged in productive disciplinary work as they discuss the cognitive, socio-emotional, and physical development issues relevant to dilemmas of classroom, peer, and family life. As candidates discuss how to make sense of children's behavior and interactions in the cases, I use experience sampling measures to understand the relation between students' engagement and motivation in a task that encourages them to take on the roles of teacher-consultants.


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