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Laurier professor named co-president of the Canadian Association for Educational Psychology
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Dawn Buzza, associate professor in Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Education, has been named co-president elect of the Canadian Association for Educational Psychology, which facilitates the exchange of ideas and research across a wide array of educational psychology focus areas.
As a constituent organization for the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), Buzza will serve as program chair for the CSSE annual conference, to be held during the 2013 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Victoria. During the course of her six-year term, she hopes to promote student mentorship within the organization.
“One possibility is to invite grad students to serve as discussants at the conference, alongside more established scholars in the same session,” she said. “I would also like to further advance the inclusion of spotlight sessions at the conference. These sessions, which are intended to link research and practice, were first introduced at this year’s conference during Congress 2012 at Laurier. Scheduled on a Sunday so educators were available to attend, the spotlight sessions provided an excellent forum for dialogue between researachers and practitioners and were very well attended.”
Buzza’s areas of research include child and adolescent development and self-regulated learning (SRL), or how students develop expertise in how to learn. Currently she is investigating how SRL support early in high school can help students successfully navigate the challenges of transitioning from elementary to secondary school.
Buzza received her PhD in Instructional Psychology and MA in Education from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. Prior to her post at Laurier, she was an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria. She has published and presented her research nationally and internationally.