Vision Series Lecture: Mastropieri on Learning

Posted: October 12, 2009 at 12:00 am, Last Updated: October 9, 2009 at 3:15 pm

By Robin Herron

Margo Mastropieri. Creative Services photo

Margo Mastropieri. Creative Services photo

Outstanding teacher, scholar and researcher Margo Mastropieri has found that her work with children who have mild disabilities can open the door to general insights on how all people learn.

The University Professor in Mason’s College of Education and Human Development will share those insights at the second lecture in the Vision Series, “How We Learn: Exceptionality and Cognition,” on Monday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m.

The free lecture will be held in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on the Fairfax Campus.

“I will discuss generally my 25 years of research experiences with students with disabilities, and the lessons I’ve learned in working with this interesting, challenging, diverse and rewarding population,” says Mastropieri.

“I will provide examples from my research in verbal learning, literacy acquisition and science learning. I will also discuss how the lessons I have learned have informed my understanding about how all of us learn, and the shared commonalities of all of us who are special in some way.”

Mastropieri is a 2008 Mason Teaching Excellence Award winner who has received national honors for her research and service, including the 2006 Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Outstanding Researcher Award and the 2006 Service Award from the Division for Learning Disabilities (CEC).

She has written, co-written or edited more than 180 peer-reviewed journal articles, 48 book chapters and 28 books. She has also given more than 70 presentations at local, state and national professional meetings. Mastropieri has received over $5 million in external funding to support her teaching and discovery activities.

Among her books are “A Practical Guide for Teaching to Science to Students with Special Needs in Inclusive Settings,” “Teaching Students Ways to Remember: Strategies for Learning Mnemonically” and “The Inclusive Classroom: Strategies for Effective Teaching.”

She received a PhD in special education from Arizona State University and MEd and BA degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Before joining Mason, she worked at Utah State University and Purdue University. Prior to working in higher education, Mastropieri was a high school teacher in Massachusetts, an elementary teacher in Arizona and a diagnostician at the Mt. Holyoke College Learning Disabilities Center.

This lecture is free, but tickets are required. See the Center for the Arts web site for more information.

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