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Carla Firetto

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Assistant Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 3151
Assistant Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 3151
Biography: 

Carla M. Firetto is an assistant professor of educational psychology in the Division of Teacher Preparation in Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. The overarching focus of her research aims to facilitate learners’ high-level comprehension of complex texts and content through the use of small-group discussions. Dr. Firetto's research in this area also focuses on identifying the individual differences that account for variation in learners’ ability to comprehend and integrate between multiple, complex texts as well as the mechanisms that promote learners’ comprehension and integration processes. 

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Educational Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University 2013
  • M.S. Educational Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University 2007
  • B.A. Psychology/Sociology, Thiel College 2005
Research Interests: 
  • Multiple Text Integration
  • Small-Group Discussions
Publications: 

Starrett, E., Firetto, C. M., & Jordan, M. E. (2022). Using authentic discussions to promote STEM teachers’ discussion competency and enactment. Classroom Discourse. https://doi.org/10.1080/19463014.2021.2013266

Firetto, C. M., Van Meter, P. N., Kottmeyer, A. M., Turns, S. R., & Litzinger, T. A. (2021). A replication and extension of the Thermodynamics Conceptual Reasoning Inventory (TCRI): Measuring undergraduate students’ understanding of introductory thermodynamics concepts. International Journal of Science Education, 43(15), 2555-2576. https://doi.org/10.1080/09500693.2021.1975847

Wei, L., Firetto, C. M., Duke, R., Greene, J. A., & Murphy, P. K. (2021). High school students’ use of epistemic ideals and reliable processes during small-group Quality Talk discussions in science. Education Sciences, 11(10), 616. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11100616

Lobczowski, N. G., Allen, E. M., Firetto, C. M., Greene, J. A., & Murphy, P. K. (2020). An exploration of social regulation of learning during scientific argumentation discourse. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 63(4), 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cedpsych.2020.101925

Summer 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
EDP 310Ed Psychology for Non-Teachers
Spring 2022
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EDP 311Ed Psych for Future Teachers
TEL 504Learning and Instruction
Fall 2021
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EDP 311Ed Psych for Future Teachers
DCI 790Reading and Conference
Summer 2021
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EDP 310Ed Psychology for Non-Teachers
Spring 2021
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EDP 311Ed Psych for Future Teachers
TEL 504Learning and Instruction
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
EDP 311Ed Psych for Future Teachers
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
EDP 311Ed Psych for Future Teachers
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
EDP 311Ed Psych for Future Teachers
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
EDP 310Ed Psychology for Non-Teachers
Fall 2018
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EDP 311Ed Psych for Future Teachers
Summer 2018
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EDP 313Childhood and Adolescence
Spring 2018
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TEL 215Intro to Child&Adolescent Dev
TEL 504Learning and Instruction
Fall 2017
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EDP 311Ed Psych for Future Teachers