My education includes a Laurea degree (equivalent to a U.S. MA degree) in Developmental and Educational Psychology from the University of Padua, Italy and a MA and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
From the University of Padua I also received a specialization certificate in learning disabilities. Before coming to the U.S., I spent two years working with and conducting research on children with language and learning delays.
Once I arrived in the U.S. in the fall of 1994, I began to study mathematics teaching at UCLA, working in close contact with researchers who conducted the Third International Mathematics and Science Video Studies (TIMSS 1995 and 1999). There I have explored the cultural nature of teaching.
The following view on teaching guides my current work:
Teaching depends on the structure, organization, and operation of schools; these factors evolve together over time. They are adapted to multiple conditions and tend toward a stable pattern: a balancing of what is desirable (values) with what is possible (ecological realities). History, politics, economics, and social factors repeat, reinforce, and undermine existing practices. Over time, teaching, like all cultural activities and routines, becomes relatively transparent and taken for granted; it embodies beliefs concerning what is right and proper. The narrow range of instructional practices a teacher happens to have observed (both as a student earlier in life and elsewhere) is one of the major barriers to changing teaching (Gallimore and Santagata, 2005).
For more details about my background, see my curriculum vitae.
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Key Research Areas
Teacher learning, video in teacher preparation and professional development, mathematics teaching and learning, cross-cultural studies of classroom teaching
Laurea in Developmental and Education Psychology, Universita` di Padova, Italy (1993)
Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, Minor in Discourse Analysis, University of California, Los Angeles (2002)