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Michael P. Downton

Assistant Professor
Curriculum and Instruction
PhD, Education, Learning and Developmental Sciences , Indiana University
BA, Psychology, Purdue University
Michael Downton is an Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at St. John’s University. He received a B.A. in Psychology from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in Learning and Developmental Sciences from Indiana University. While there, he studied the impact of technology and constructionist learning environments have on arts learning in elementary aged children. He is currently investigating authentic teaching activities for pre-service teachers in higher education settings through a teaching assistant program.

Teaching Interests

Human learning and development The arts in inclusive settings Psychological foundations of learning

Research Interests

Intuitions; teacher education; integration of the Learning Sciences into teacher practice; authentic teaching practices in higher education settings.

Courses Taught

EDU
101
INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION
EDU
1001
HUMAN LEARNING & DEVEL-CHILD
EDU
1002
LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT - ADOL
EDU
1016
THE ARTS IN INCLUSIVE SETTINGS

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Journal Articles

Downton, M. P. (2016). The aesthetics, creativity and craftsmanship of fourth-graders’ compositions. In: no. Hull: Journal of Music, Technology, and Education. vol. 8,

Downton, M. P. (2015). “That’s What Everyone Else Is Saying…”: Collaborative Reflection-in-Action during Creative Activities.

Portowitz, A., Peppler, K. A., and Downton, M. P. (2014). In Harmony: A technology-based music education model to enhance musical understanding and general learning skills. International Journal of Music Education. vol. 32, pp. 242–260.

Downton, M. P., Peppler, K. A., Portowitz, A., Bamberger, J., and Lindsay, E. (2012). Composing pieces for peace: Using Impromptu to build cross-cultural awareness. Visions of Research in Music Education. vol. 20, pp. 1–37.

Keywords: 
Learning
Intuitions
Reflection
Teacher Education