Martha J. Strickland, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Education, Behavioral Sciences and Education
Office Phone: +1 717 948 6525
Office Location: Olmsted Building, W331
Office Hours: 
M: 3:30 - 4:30 pm (office)
T: 2:00 - 4:00 pm (office)
W:7:00 - 9:00 pm (online)
Mailing Address:
W331 OLMSTED BLDG
PENN STATE HBG
MIDDLETOWN, PA 17057

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Bio

Teaching Background

I began my teaching career in Miami, Florida where I was introduced to multilingual and classrooms. From there I spent a year in France in order to teach at an international school in West Africa.

Teaching in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa early in my teaching career began my journey into the exploration of learning and culture. Subsequent to my overseas assignment I was an international educational consultant for almost 20 years doing home visits and educational problem-solving with American families living overseas in over 30 countries. These experiences provided me with a comprehensive global base upon which to work as a lifelong learner and researcher. My time in national classrooms in many parts of the world from remote Pakistan to Hong Kong prompted me to deeply explore the issues related to learning in context.

Educational Psychology

As an educational psychologist with a background in international work, my scholarly focus is the study of the building of understanding between teachers and students from diverse cultural and racial backgrounds. I also investigate the construction of diversity within teachers' and students' dialogues.

Aligned with this pursuit, my scholarship is framed by the social constructivist theoretical approach that draws on Vygotsky. Gee's Discourse concept of storylines and Bakhtin's concept of dialogism also inform my work. This theoretical backdrop results in three key assumptions of constructing understanding within interactions which inform my scholarly pursuits 1) all meaning-making is embedded within the learner's cultural, historical, and social contexts , 2) understanding is a multivocal social process that is continually constructed within collaborative efforts, and 3) understanding is a co-constructed process provoking creativity and surprise.

Research Interests
Immigrant student learning
Teacher-student relationships across cultures and ethnicities
Culturally responsive pedagogy