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Dr. Joanne C. Basta

Dr. Joanne C. Basta

Adjunct Professor

(716) 286-8231


My research interests center on the psychology of learning and instruction, particularly within the disciplines of mathematics and science. More specifically, I am interested in the measurement of two psychological constructs within a middle school population, mathematics disposition and need for cognition. The results of my doctoral dissertation found that there are positive and significant associations among these psychological constructs and various measures of mathematics achievement. I am concerned about the implications of these results and how the interpretation of this data may be used to drive educational changes within the areas of instruction, scheduling, and assessment.

Having completed 31 years of teaching science and mathematics to students in grades 4 through 11, I am NYS certified in Elementary Education, Secondary Mathematics, Biology, and General Science. I also taught numerous workshops and graduate courses focusing on integrating mathematics and science instruction.

I have been an adjunct professor at Niagara since 1998, where I teach within the Departments of Mathematics and Psychology. While I typically teach MAT 251/351: Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers, Parts I and II each semester I have also taught PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology, PSY 222: Research Methods, PSY 331: Cognitive Psychology, PSY 342: Social Behavior and PSY 481: Senior Seminar.