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Dutro, Elizabeth Professor


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research overview

  • Dr. Dutro’s research investigates questions about how to design for teaching and learning that centers children's knowledge and perspectives. Her studies have focused on children's responses to curriculum and instruction, the nature and impacts of high stakes policies, and how to design for teachers' collaborative learning. Her current research includes studies of pedagogies designed to support critical, humanizing approaches to trauma in classrooms and a study of school based professional development that support teachers' collective learning about the practice of facilitating discussion in elementary classrooms. Professor Dutro's research is driven by the crucial need to better understand how to design for more just and humanizing schools and classrooms for children and youth in public schools.


  • literacy studies, critical theory, poststructuralist theory, feminist theory, trauma studies, affect, children and impacts of race, class, gender, and sexuality in schools, qualitative research, teacher learning


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courses taught

  • EDUC 2150 - Education in Film
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Provides opportunities to view and analyze how facets of education are represented (or misrepresented) in film. Considers narratives constructed about education and how those stories fuel popular conceptions of and assumptions about students, teachers, and schools. Examines how issues of race, class, and gender are embedded in how films represent schools, teachers, students, and communities.
  • EDUC 3190 - Introduction to Teaching and Learning
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    This online course is part of the BAIS degree-completion program. The course engages students in questions about what it means to teach and what it means to learn. Through readings, video, and illustrations of teaching and learning in and outside of schools, the course builds understandings about some key areas of teaching, learning, and schooling that will complement the content from other courses in the program. The course is centered in a framework of educational equity and justice that is threaded through the modules. The course is designed to support students in their post-degree goals across career contexts in which knowledge of teaching learning will enhance their work.
  • EDUC 4321 - Writing Instruction for Elementary Schools
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2020
    Participants will engage theories and processes of literacy learning, writing development, and equity-oriented teaching. Students will learn, develop, and enact instructional strategies and lessons to support all students' successful participation in a range of multimodal literacy practices embedded in writing instruction in elementary classrooms.
  • EDUC 4341 - Elementary Reading Assessment and Instruction
    Secondary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Builds on knowledge and teaching practices introduced in EDUC 4320. Addresses five critical components of reading. Refines understanding of research-based practices for diagnostic assessments and intervention, and teaching strategies for elementary age learners. Prepares candidates to deliver a comprehensive reading curriculum in the elementary grades.
  • EDUC 5245 - Foundations of Reading Instruction K-12
    Secondary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Comparatively analyzes current and emerging philosophies and programs in K-12 with focus on teaching reading and thinking skills.
  • EDUC 6964 - Capstone: Inquiry in the Content Areas
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Supports students in using and building on the ideas and content encountered in previous coursework. Requires students to conceptualize, design and implement an original research project that will serve as exit requirement for the degree. Reads and engages in research and theory associated with Teacher Research (i.e. research conducted by teachers for professional purposes).
  • EDUC 8155 - Advanced Topics in Literacy Education
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Examines special topics in theory and research related to literacy and literacy education. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.
  • EDUC 8210 - Perspectives on Classroom Teaching and Learning
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Introduces students to various theoretical perspectives informing educational research and how they are employed to study teaching, learning, and policy in K-12 classrooms. Includes reading and discussion related to the assumptions,questions, methods, and findings associated with theoretical traditions within and across disciplines.
  • EDUC 8804 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Designed to meet needs of graduate students with topics of pertinent interest.


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