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Kara Naidoo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Teaching and Learning, New York University

82 President Street
Phone: (914) 637-2756
Fax: (914) 637-2752
Email: knaidoo@iona.edu
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 9-10:30 a.m., and by appointment.

Dr. Naidoo’s degree had an emphasis on science education. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Naidoo spent eight wonderful years as a science teacher in two high-need schools: a 7-12 school in Los Angeles, Calif., and a K-8 school in Harlem, N.Y. Her science teaching experiences and research inform her hands-on inquiry-based approach to undergraduate and graduate level education courses.

Research Interests

Dr. Naidoo’s primary research interest is on the preparation of future teachers. She is concerned with the role of reflection in transforming teacher candidates’ beliefs and practices and the development of teachers’ identity and self-efficacy related to science teaching and learning. Drawing on a socio-cultural framework, Dr. Naidoo uses qualitative (e.g. interviews, video analysis) and quantitative (e.g. surveys) methods to track teachers’ development. She has presented her research at national and international conferences such as American Education Research Association, National Research in Science Teaching, International Society of Cultural and Activity Research, and Discovery Research K-12 at National Science Foundation.

Selected Invited Conference Presentations

Susan Ringler Pet, Kara Naidoo, Ashley Napoli, Dennis Gunn. Service-Learning as “Lemonade”:  How a Teacher Education Course and an After-School Tutoring Program Turned “Lemons” into Literacy Enrichment. National Service Learning Conference (2015). Workshop Presentation. Washington D.C.

Kara Naidoo. Elementary Teacher Candidates’ Identity and Self-Efficacy Development Associated with Science Teaching and Learning. American Education Research Association 2012.  Paper Presentation (Chair of Session). Vancouver, Canada.

Kara Naidoo. A Case Study of an Elementary Teacher Candidate’s Identity Related to Science Teaching and Learning. American Education Research Association 2012. Poster Presentation. Vancouver, Canada.

Kara Naidoo. Teacher Candidates’ Identity Development Associated with Science Teaching and Learning. International Society for Cultural and Activity Research 2011. Poster Presentation. Rome, Italy

Susan Kirch, Kara Naidoo, Anna Stetsenko, and Catherine Milne. Teaching and Learning Concepts of Scientific Evidence: A Design-Based Study. International Society for Cultural and Activity Research 2011. Poster Presentation. Rome, Italy.

Susan Kirch and Kara Naidoo. The Scientific Thinker Project: A Study of Teaching and Learning Concepts of Evidence and Nature of Scientific Evidence in Elementary School. Discovery Research K-12 PI Meeting National Science Foundation 2010. Poster Presentation. Washington, D.C.