Dawn Buzza is associate dean and associate professor at the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University. Buzza currently teaches Learning and Child Development (EU401) and Learning Theories (EU503). She holds a PhD in Instructional Psychology and an MA in Education (Counselling) from Simon Fraser University.
Previously Buzza was an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in learning, educational psychology and child and adolescent development.
Buzza’s prior experience includes work on university-level teaching and learning at the University of Waterloo and public sector consultation in British Columbia, where she led the development of new driver training and testing programs.
Buzza’s research interests include child and adolescent development and self-regulated learning, specifically related to how students can become more goal-directed, strategic, and self-motivated learners. Her research involves studying teachers’ support for student development of effective learning strategies, metacognitive skills, and academic motivation. Currently Buzza is investigating how SRL support early in high school can help students successfully navigate the challenges of transitioning from elementary to secondary school. This research involves collaborations with secondary teachers to develop and test classroom innovations that incorporate SRL into regular instructional activities and assessments. Teacher professional learning and how their support of students influences their own sense of efficacy is also a focus in Buzza’s research.
Buzza was awarded the American Psychological Association's Dissertation Award and a doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). She has published and presented her research extensively, nationally and internationally. She is co-president of the Canadian Association for Educational Psychology (CAEP) and serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Society for Study of Education (CSSE).
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