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"A Culturally Aware Educational Psychology?", presented by Maimouna Phelan, Lin Lin and Amit Anshumali

Monday, May 7, 2018 at 1:30pm to 4:30pm

135 Emerson Hall

Prompted by educational psychologists such as Frank Pajares and Stephen Vassallo, Bryan Duff, Director of the Education minor at Cornell, decided to include more multicultural perspectives in his class, Educational Psychology. The results: fewer “universal” principles and prescriptions and a more nuanced understanding of learners’ experiences, but still plenty of guidance for making classrooms and other learning sites effective. With support from the Cornell South and Southeast Asia Programs, this panel addressing cultural awareness in educational psychology is open to the public.

Maimouna Phelan will present: "Educating the Underserved Children in Mali, West Africa”.  She will share her impressions of the work done by the Evangelical Baptist Church in several urban and rural communities, showing how the motivation and determination of the educators make a difference in four preschools and one elementary school in Mali.

Maimouna Phelan obtained her BA in French Literature from the University of Niamey. She taught French at the American International School of Bamako (Mali). Prior to coming to the US., Maimouna received a Master of Arts in Teaching/French from Ithaca College and was a French Lecturer in several area colleges before joining her current position in the local educational non-profit, Village at Ithaca, as Program and Volunteer Coordinator.

Lin Lin will share her understanding of the effects of beliefs on learning and motivation upon the educational experiences of her family members in China and the United States.   

Lin Lin is an Associate Professor at SUNY Cortland, and she teaches elementary social studies method courses in the Department of Childhood/Early Childhood Education in the School of Education. As an advocate for global education and transformational teacher education, her research interests focus on effective strategies to promote global competence in teacher candidates, comparative analysis of history textbooks between countries, and the effective use of children’s literature and primary sources in elementary social studies classrooms.

Amit Anshumali  will present, "The graduate TA for Educational Psychology (EDUC/COMM/HD 3110)," discussing how concepts in educational psychology, such as motivation and beliefs about learning and intelligence), played out in the context of his primary and secondary education in India.

Amit is a Ph.D. candidate in Development Sociology at Cornell. He attended primary and secondary school in India and also attended college there, earning a double major in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Before moving to Cornell, Amit earned Masters degrees in Environmental Studies and Applied Economics from The Ohio State University.







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