Countdown to VOICES, presenter profile #14: Nyaradzo Mvududu

This post is the 14th in a series of brief profiles of people who will be presenting their work at VOICES, a first-of-its-kind online conference on using music to teach STEM, on Sept. 27-28, 2017.

Nyaradzo Mvududu is a Professor of Education at Seattle Pacific University. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nyaradzo completed her doctoral dissertation on the teaching of statistics in Zimbabwe and the U.S., and frequently teaches statistics courses at SPU, sometimes incorporating music. She holds the additional distinction of having won awards for her poems and songs at the United States Conference On Teaching Statistics (USCOTS) in 2007, 2011, and 2013.

Below is Nyaradzo’s VOICES abstract, whose title appears to allude to an old Jim Croce hit.

Using song in teaching is not a new idea. Songs have been used quite extensively in a variety of arenas, most notable in language acquisition. There is some empirical evidence to support the efficacy of using song in learning a new language. Furthermore, there is some theoretical support for the use of song in teaching. While the theories do not directly advocate for song, the use of song is consistent with the frameworks. This presentation will explore the educational theories that support the use of song in teaching in general, and specifically in STEM education. The questions explored are: When is it appropriate to use song in teaching? What learning goals are better served by the use of song in teaching/learning? Additionally, the limited research showing the impact of using song in STEM related fields will be discussed.

Nyaradzo is one of over 40 people who will present their ideas, insights, and investigations at VOICES. To have full access to all presenters and their presentations, please register for the conference. It’s only $10!

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