Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Pamela McDonald

PhD in Education
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Program

Ph.D. Learning & Cognition; Special Education

 

Major Fields

Learning & Cognition

Special Education

 

Supervisor

Dr. Derek Berg

 

Committee Members

Dr. Pamela Beach

Dr. Valerie Kuhlmeier

 

Master's Research

Title: Examining Cognitive Processing in Children with an Arithmetic Disability

URL: https://qspace.library.queensu.ca/handle/1974/14677

 

Research Interests

Mathematical Cognition

Learning Disabilities

Inclusion

Math Anxiety

Giftedness

Literacy & Numeracy

 

Awards & Honours

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Doctoral Scholarship, SSHRC (2017)

G.M Dunlop Distinguished Contribution Award, CAEP (2017)

Academic Excellence Award, Queen’s University (2016)

Annual Thesis in Education Prize, Queen’s University (2016)

Canada Graduate Scholarship, SSHRC (2015)

Rose A. Freeman Teaching Assistant Award, Queen’s University (2015)

Frank Wyatt MacLean Graduate Fellowship, Queen’s University (2014)

 

Graduate Teaching Fellow

CURR 387 – Science & Technology

 

Teaching Assistant

PROF 505 Meeting the Needs of all Learners

PROF 310 Self as a Professional

FOUN 100 Psychological Foundations of Learning

PROF 501 Building a Professional Career as a Teacher

FOUN 101 Foundations of Assessment

PROF 504 Technology as a Teaching and Learning Tool

CURR 387/383/358 Elementary Curriculum Cluster Science and Technology, Mathematics and Integrated Arts

 

Recent Activities

Research Assistant - National Educational Association of Disabled Students, Landscape of Accessibility and Accommodation for Postsecondary Students with Disabilities in Canada with Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai

Research Assistant - Faculty of Education, Queen's University Investigating how Teachers Interact with a Visual Model of Reading Development: An Exploratory Study with Dr. Pamela Beach & Dr. John Kirby

Graduate Student Mentoring Program (GSMP) Chair

 

Recent Publications & Presentations

Berg, D. H., & McDonald, P. A. (2018). Differences in mathematical reasoning between typically achieving and gifted children. Journal of Cognitive Psychology. 30(3), 281-291. doi:10.1080/20445911.2018.1457034

McDonald, P. A., & Berg, D. H. (in press). Identifying the nature of impairments   in executive functioning and working memory of children with severe difficulties in arithmetic. Child Neuropsychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09297049.2017.1377694

Beach, P., McDonald, P. A., Kirby, J. R., & McConnel, J. (2018, August). Investigating how teachers interact with a visual model of reading development: An eye-tracking study. Paper to be presented at for the annual meeting of the Scandinavian Workshop on Applied Eye Tracking, Frederiksberg, Denmark.      

Ziaian-Ghafari, N., & McDonald, P. A. (2018, April). Autonomy, Competence, and Relatedness in Teachers Working with Students with Special Needs. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York City, NY.

Berg, D. H., & McDonald, P. A. (2017, November). Instructional Approaches that Support the Cognitive Abilities of Mathematically Gifted Children. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Ontario Council for Exceptional Children, Toronto, ON.

McDonald, P. A., & Berg, D. H. (2017, May). Examining the phonological processing of children with an arithmetic disability. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Toronto, ON.

Berg, D. H., & McDonald, P. A. (2017, July).  Accounting for differences in mathematical reasoning between typically achieving and precocious children. Poster presented at the 15th biennial meeting of the European Congress of Psychology, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

McDonald P. A., & Berg, D. H. (2016, June). Executive functioning and working memory in children with an arithmetic disability. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the CSSE, Calgary, AB.