Julianne Turner is Associate Professor at Department of Psychology, University of Notre Dame, USA.
Dr. Turner is interested in applying an ecological approach to research that examines the interaction of phenomena at the personal, interpersonal, and organizational levels. In particular, she studies the development and change of student-teacher and student-student interactions and how they support or hinder positive learning environments. As an example, she is currently involved in a three year whole-school collaboration with intermediate school teachers. The focus of the project is to 1) help teachers understand and enact principles of motivation; 2) to analyze how such opportunities are related to student motivation and learning; and 3)to further our theories of teacher change related to beliefs andinstructional practices. She uses a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods including surveys, experience sampling, interviews, and observation whose goal is to understand individuals and their contexts. She teaches courses related to aspects of educational psychology such as motivation, emotion, and learning and instruction in literacy and mathematics.
In addition, she has investigated factors that contribute to motivation for literacy in primary grade children, on children's intrinsic motivation for and involvement in learning mathematics in upper elementary and middle school classrooms, and on the development of students' avoidance goals in mathematics across the transition to middle school.