CREATE Lab: Applying culturally responsive content to early numeracy mathematics instruction to improve outcomes for diverse populations
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ABOUT SCOTT A. DUEKER
Who I Am
For over a decade, I have devoted my life to improving the lives of children with developmental and intellectual disabilities. My current interest is in improving mathematics outcomes for learners struggling with or at-risk for mathematics failure. Early numeracy is a critical part of future mathematics success and learners from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds have a more difficult time acquiring these skills. My research projects focus on ways to improve those outcomes. I approach teaching through a Universal Design for Learning lens and use both direct/explicit instruction and concrete/virtual-representative-abstract frameworks. I feel that learning mathematics is very important because so many of our daily activities involve some level of mathematics literacy.I want to make sure that all learners, particularly those with disabilities, can develop the skills beyond just functional skills of time and money. Their future independence hinges on developing these skills. I believe in the principle that every child can learn but we need to identify the way they learn best.
I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Doctoral Level. As such, I want to ensure that all children have the ability to learn in the way that suits them best and allows them to live as independently as possible. This requires the use of behavior analytic principles. My goal is to bring those principles to the classroom teachers who will be providing that instruction. Behavior Analysis has the power to change lives. I want to ensure that happens.
"Well done is better than well said"