how the brain learns to read, sources of reading skill and impairment, how children learn the meaning of words
Currently examining learning communities and social presence in relation to motivation, learning, and perceived success in university courses.
Secondary mathematics education, urban schooling, alternative certification, critical pedagogy, and the sociology of education.
2. Climate Change Education, 4. Computational Thinking, 1. Science Teacher Education
Christina Budde
Degree Program: 
Language, Literacy, and Social Inquiry, Ph.D.


Office: EDU 2311



Kidwell, T., Budde, C., Guzman, N., DeStefano M., Tigert, J. & Peercy, M. M. (2018).  ESOL Teacher Candidate Performance on edTPA: An Exploratory Study. In Hildebrandt, S. & Swanson, P (Eds.), Researching edTPA Problems and Promises: Perspectives from ESOL, English, and World Language Teacher Education. ­­Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Tigert, J., Kidwell, T., Budde, C., Guzman, N., Lawyer, M., Peercy, M. (2018).  “It took my knowledge to the limits”: The edTPA teacher performance assessment and its implications for TESOL.  Teacher Learning and Professional Development, 3(1), 19-38.


Research Interests: 
young DLLs, early language and literacy development, teacher education
Policy studies, legislative issues, international special education.
Social learning, social cognition, and cognitive development in early childhood. How children's early learning is fundamentally shaped by the social context in which it occurs.
The impact of college on students, college choice, classroom experiences, minorities in higher education, and college outcomes.
Parenting and children's cognitive and social development, parent involvement in schools and children's achievement, cultural and ethnic differences in parenting behaviors and children's outcomes
Studies the relationship between student achievement and components impacting instructional practice, including the impact of math specialists/coaches and the implications of teacher knowledge.