PDF - Psychology, Yale University, 1999 - 2001 (funded by SSHRC)
PhD - Psychology, University of Alberta, 1999 (funded by SSHRC)
MEd - Educational Psychology, University of Alberta, 1995 (funded by NSERC)
BA (Hon) - Psychology, University of Alberta, 1993 (funded by NSERC)
Dr. Leighton’s primary research focuses on children's wellbeing and achievement against the backdrop of children's human rights. Informed by the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and her own Learning Errors and Formative Feedback (LEAFF) model, Dr. Leighton examines children's affective, cognitive and social variables in the learning environments in which they develop and grow. Her secondary research focuses on the methodological and theoretical underpinning of think-aloud/cognitive interview techniques, and assessment methods designed to gather evidence of response processes to substantiate claims about the knowledge and skills educational tests measure in test-takers across the age span (i.e., validity arguments – see Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, 2014).
Dr. Leighton’s research is and has been funded by Tri-Council research grants, including the Canadian Education Statistics Council (CESC), National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). She is past winner of the American Educational Research Association, Division D (Educational Measurement & Research Methodology) Significant Contribution to Educational Measurement and Research Methodology for the Cambridge University Press book – Cognitive Diagnostic Assessment: Theory and Applications, and former editor of Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice (EMIP), a flagship journal for the National Council on Measurement in Education. Recognized by the Canadian Council of Learning as a Minerva Scholar, Dr. Leighton collaborates with scholars around the globe, including key partnerships with Learning Environments Across Disciplines (LEADS), and the International Collaborative for Performance Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (iPAL). As a testing specialist and registered psychologist, she has served as a member of technical advisory committees to many leading educational measurement organizations, including ACT, College Board, Educational Testing Service, and Pearson.
EDPY 302 (Child Development)
EDPY 304 (Adolescent Development)
EDPY 500 (Introduction to Data Analysis in Educational Research)
EDPY 501 (Research Methods in Education)
EDPY 505 (Advanced Univariate Statistics in Educational Research)
EDPY 510 (Learning, Cognition, and Education)
EDPY 610 (Selected Topics in Learning, Cognition, and Instruction)
EDPY 644 (Consultation in School and Clinical Psychology)
Not accepting graduate students for 2021/2022.
This course will include theoretical and practical aspects of physical, cognitive, social and emotional development and learning during the period from infancy to middle childhood (0-12 years). Prerequisite EDU 100 or pre/corequisite EDU 300 (After Degree students). Students may not receive credit for both EDPY 302 and EDPY 402. This course may not be taken for credit if credit for PSYCO 323 or PSYCO 223 is already awarded. May contain alternative delivery sections; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.Fall Term 2020
This course will include theories of development and learning, sociocultural influences on development and learning, and contexts of identity and health of adolescents. Prerequisite EDU 100 or pre/corequisite EDU 300 (After Degree students). Students may not receive credit for both EDPY 304 and EDPY 404. This course may not be taken for credit if credit for PSYCO 327 or PSYCO 223 is already awarded. May contain alternative delivery sections; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.Winter Term 2021
This course is concerned with aspects of human learning, cognition, and the practical application of these theories and methods within education.Fall Term 2020
Prerequisite: EDPY 510 or equivalent.Fall Term 2020
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