Mary Margaret Kerr
University of Pittsburgh
5911 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Faculty - Department Chairperson
Recent and Upcoming Courses
Council of Graduate Students in Education (CGSE) Extra Mile Award
For service on behalf of graduate students in the School of Education.
Children's Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh Susan Loutsion Volunteerism Award
Awarded to a volunteer who has made a longstanding contribution to the organization.
Kerr, M. M. (February 28, 2014). Suicide prevention in schools: Understanding the research and implementing best practices (Invited keynote address). Statewide Youth Protection/Suicide Prevention Conference. Salt Lake City, UT
Horner, C. G., Brown, E. L., Kerr, M. M., & Scanlon, C. L. (2014, April). Teachers’ selection of emotional acting strategies in pursuit of classroom goals. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Philadelphia, PA.
Kerr, M. M. & Valenti, M. W. (2013, October). Suicide Prevention In Schools: Understanding the Research and Implementing Best Practices. Advances in School Mental Health National Conference, Arlington, VA.
Levine Brown, E. & Kerr, M.M. (2013). The Emotional Labor of Teaching. American Educational Research Association (AERA) National Meeting. San Francisco, CA
Research has substantiated that teaching is an emotional practice. Recent studies have suggested that one framework for delineating the emotional practice of teaching is teachers’ emotional labor (EL). Our prior work confirmed that 468 K-12 teachers did engage in EL. Extending this line of inquiry, the current study examines teacher’s perceptions of classroom management in the context of performing EL.
Kerr, M.M. (Discussant) (2013). Ecological Perspective on Classroom Management: Policy, Culture, Relationship and Disposition. American Educational Research Association National Meeting. San Francisco, CA
This symposium advances an ecological perspective on classroom management. By examining proximal processes as well as distal influences on these processes, the research presented in this session focuses on positive youth development in school-based settings. Adolescents and adults are understood to be co-constructing student and teacher development through shared experience and activity. Collectively, these empirical studies attend to teacher disposition, teacher evaluation systems, school and classroom culture, and the role of friends and peers in adolescents’ lives as unique but interrelated aspects of classroom management practice.
2013 - 2014
We are conducting research on the experiences of children who visit and correspond with the Flight 93 memorial site. The goal of our work is to support the National Park Services in its development of programming for young visitors. Research began in the Spring on 2012 and continues. The Junior Ranger Program was launched this year, and a publication about it will appear in the July 2014 Legacy Magazine (National Association of Interpretation).
Emotional Labor of Teachers Research Project
2013 - 2014
A collaborative research project with George Mason University, this project gathers quantitative and qualitative evidence regarding teachers' emotional practice, using the theoretical constructs of emotional labor. We are exploring the work teachers to do manage the expression of their emotions while at work, through individual interviews and a new self-report measure, The Emotional Labor of Teaching Scale (TELTS). Research began in the spring of 2011 and continues.
Building Emotional Supports: How Teachers' Emotional Labor Informs Therapeutic Alliances for Youth with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Brown, E.L., Valenti, M.,& Kerr, M.M. (in press). Building Building emotional supports: How teachers' emotional labor informs therapeutic alliances for youth with emotional and behavioral disorders. Report on Emotional & Behavioral Disorders in Youth.
Interpreting the Flight 93 Crash for Children: A Collaborative Evaluation Project
Kerr,M.M., Shaffer, A., Hartman, M. (2104) Interpreting the Flight 93 crash for children: A collaborative evaluation project. Legacy: The Magazine of the National Association for Interpretation, July/August, 2014
Addressing Individual Perspectives in the Development of Schoolwide Rules: A Data-informed Process
Valenti, M. W. & Kerr, M.M.(in press). Addressing individual perspectives in the development of schoolwide rules: A data-informed process. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions.
Evidence informed suicide prevention in schools
Valenti, M.W., Kerr, M.M., & King, G. (in press). Evidence informed suicide prevention in schools, 8th Edition. In C. Massat, R. Constable,& M. Kelly (Eds.). School Social Work. Chicago: Lyceum Books.
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