PhD student Khamia Powell's research proposal has received honorable mention from the UCI Faculty Mentor program.
Khamia’s research broadly involves teacher-student relationships, diverse student classroom experiences, and teacher development.
For her forthcoming study she is using a mixed methods Triangulation Design. The quantitative aspect will utilize a longitudinal database to investigate school experiences of African American adolescents. It will investigate students’ perception of close and/or conflictual relationships with teachers, while additionally determining its association with psychological, behavioral, and educational outcomes. The qualitative aspect of this research will investigate how teachers observe and interpret the same classroom phenomena, similarly or differently, based on their cultural backgrounds and experiences.
Khamia will also investigate what informs teacher noticing practices and, thus, how they interact with students from diverse backgrounds. The results from each study will be merged to compare, interrelate, or validate findings.
This mixed method design will attempt to provide a more comprehensive understanding of key factors from both student and teacher perceptions that influence classroom relations. Findings will be used to (a) improve teacher development and practices, (b) promote more positive student-teacher interactions, (c) develop empirically based professional development tools, and (d) lay the foundation for providing more equitable learning experiences and opportunities for diverse students.
For the above research study, Khamia is being mentored by Distinguished Professor Jacquelynne Eccles and Professor Deborah Lowe Vandell.
Khamia is a second year PhD in Education student specializing in Learning, Teaching, Cognition, and Development.