Jessica Morales-Chicas

photo of Dr. J. Morales-Chicas
Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services
Department of Child And Family Studies
Office Location: ET A505
Phone: (323) 343-4597 Email: jmora163@calstatela.edu

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Ph.D. Education 2016
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

M.A. Education 2012
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

B.A. Psychology 2009
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA


TEACHING INTERESTS

My teaching experience has mostly involved teaching topics in ethnic diversity and child and adolescent development. Below are some of the courses I have taught or will be teaching at CSULA this year:
CHDV 1410: Development Across the Lifespan (Adulthood and Aging), Spring 2017 & Fall 2016
CHDV 5100: U.S. Urban Schooling & Inequities: The Role of Identity, Development, and Context, Spring 2017
CHDV 2250: Ethnic Identity and Cultural Awareness in Children and Families, Fall 2016
CHDV 3210: Urban Families and Resilience, Fall 2016

 


RESEARCH INTERESTS

My research uses a developmental lens to examine the role of school ethnic diversity on urban youth achievement motivation, educational course trajectories, and school adjustment. I am especially interested in examining how equity in curricular pathways, motivates students' sense of belonging and achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).


PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Title

Year

Morales-Chicas, J. (April, 2017). Sense of Belonging in Math Class: Why Ethnic Context, Math Sequence, and Ethnicity Matters. Paper to be presented at American Educational Research Association. Biennial Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Forthcoming

Morales-Chicas, J. & Agger, C. A. (2016).The effects of teacher collective responsibility on the math achievement of algebra repeaters. Manuscript under review.

2016

Morales-Chicas, J. & Graham, S. (in press). Latinos’ changing ethnic group representation from elementary school to middle school: perceived belonging and achievement. Journal of Research on Adolescence. doi: 10.1111/jora.1229

2016