Scheduled: November 10th and 11th: Dr. Margarita Azmitia Sponsoring Grant: Title V GREAT
Margarita Azmitia's principal areas of interest are the
social and cultural contexts of development. She is pursuing three lines
of research: the contribution of children's and adolescents'
friendships and peer acceptance to cognition and self-esteem, the
contribution of family and peers to minority students' academic
achievement, adjustment, and identity development, and the role of
collaboration in the development of scientific understanding.
of Professor Azmitia's projects have involved studying children's,
adolescents', and young adults' collaborative problem solving,
particularly as it occurs in the context of scientific tasks or
reasoning. She has also carried out observational and interview studies
of children and adolescents' interactions with friends and classmates at
school to gain a better understanding of the everyday dynamics of these
relationships and their relation to school engagement and self-esteem.
the last few years, Professor Azmitia has been studying how early and
late adolescents manage important life transitions, and in particular,
the transition to adolescence and middle school and the transition into
adulthood and college. This work is particularly focused on similarities
and differences in how ethnic minority and majority and low-income and
middle/upper income adolescents manage these transitions and how their
families, friends, and schools either provide support or challenge their
adjustment, goals, and identity negotiations. Concerning identity, her
work examines how adolescents and young adults negotiate their ethnic,
gender, and social class identities in the academic and personal
contexts of their lives.
Source: University of California, Santa Cruz Website