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Heather Davis-Bauer

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Dr. Davis' research specializes in social and emotional developmental processes; specifically with regard to how relationships help students regulate emotions and academic behaviors and feel motivated to learn. Her primary line of inquiry explores how children understand teacher closeness and influence and how teachers express warmth and demand in the classroom.

Research Description

Dr. Davis' research interests include examining social and emotional developmental processes within the context of the classroom. Specifically, her research focuses on understanding how classroom relationships relationships (i.e. with teachers, peers) help students to regulate their emotions and academic behaviors and to feel motivated to learn. Her primary line of inquiry explores how children understand teacher closeness and influence and how teachers express warmth and demand in the classroom. Her secondary line of research concerns how teachers understand 'closeness' and 'influence' and how their beliefs about themselves and their students guide their social and pedagogical decision-making. She is deeply invested in engaged-scholarship practices which seek to bridge the theory-to-practice gap by involving teachers and school districts in the design process and in interpreting findings.

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