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Maleka Donaldson

Assistant Professor of Early Elementary Education

Department of Education

College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions
860.768.5356 Hillyer 230

EdD, Harvard University

EdM, Harvard University

AB, Harvard University

Teaching Focus: Assistant Professor Maleka Donaldson teaches integrated methods courses and student teaching seminars for undergraduate- and graduate-level students in the Early Childhood and Elementary programs.

Professional InterestsDonaldson explores how teachers and students respond to mistakes in real-world instructional contexts, with particular focus on early childhood settings. Recent studies have investigated teacher and student attitudes about mistakes and learning, as well as mistake-related interpersonal interactions and classroom culture.  Donaldson utilizes both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, including portraiture, survey design, interviewing, meta-analysis, and more.