Harvard Educational Review
  1. Spring 2020 Issue »

    Tools to Build Their Best Learning

    Examining How Kindergarten Teachers Frame Student Mistakes

    Maleka Donaldson
    In this portrait, Maleka Donaldson vividly illustrates how two teachers in real-world, public school settings convey their expectations for kindergarten student performance and set the tone for learning from mistakes and feedback. Research in psychology and education has established the benefits of corrective feedback on learning but has not closely examined how practicing teachers respond to mistakes made by young children during day-to-day instruction. Donaldson draws on extended observations of teacher-student interactions to juxtapose the two contexts and reveal divergent techniques that the participating teachers use to frame mistakes and correct answers during instruction. She compares these variations and considers how each teacher’s pedagogical tools could be integrated into a mistake-response toolkit that could fundamentally reshape learning from mistakes for kindergarteners.

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    Maleka Donaldson (https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3699-8362) is an assistant professor in the Department of Education at the University of Hartford in Connecticut, where she teaches and mentors early childhood and elementary teacher candidates. She began her career in education as a preschool and kindergarten classroom teacher, and later earned her doctorate in human development and education from Harvard University. Her research examines the workings of mistake-related instructional responses and teacher-student interactions. She is interested in illuminating real-world, day-to-day experiences in early childhood settings, and shedding light on the ways that teachers and students respond to mistakes in context.
  2. Spring 2020 Issue


    Bridging the Public and Private in the Study of Teaching
    Revisiting the Research Argument
    Rachel Schachter and Donald Freeman

    Book Notes

    Tara Westover

    Absent from School
    Michael A. Gottfried and Ethan L. Hutt

    Where Teachers Thrive
    Susan Moore Johnson

    Redefining Success in America
    Michael B. Kaufman

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