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UMFK Professor Publishes Research on Inclusive Pedagogy

November 15, 2021

The University of Maine at Fort Kent is pleased to announce that Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science, Lisa Lavoie, MAIS, LCPC-C, CADC, CRC, was recently published in the fall 2021 edition of the North Atlantic Region Association of Counseling Education and Supervision (NARACES) publication.

Her piece, titled Inclusive Pedagogy, tackles how marginalization and stigmatization adversely impacts student persistence and graduation rates. For example, the fall 2011 national cohort’s six-year completion rates of bachelor’s degrees make clear that Hispanic and Black students, particularly Black students, had a completion rate that was far less than that of White and Asian students. White students completed at 71.7%, while Black students completed at 46%.

“Inclusive pedagogy is teaching that is learner-centered and equity-focused,” says Lavoie. “When teachers teach inclusively, they consider the following elements: learners’ varied learning styles, cognitive and physical abilities, and backgrounds. Additionally, collaboration between teachers and learners is central. This collaborative effort will ideally foster a sense of equality and engagement which promulgates social justice, allowing for greater inclusivity of historically marginalized groups. In short, pedagogical inclusivity is advantageous for all students, not just the students for whom it was designed.”

In order to best prepare her students so that they, in turn, can best serve their future clients, evidence-based scholarship and publishing are integral to Lavoie’s role as a behavioral science faculty member.

“Conducting research is central to our scholarly pursuits as faculty members,” said Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Dr. Erin Soucy. “Our students at UMFK also benefit from faculty research. In the behavioral health field, evidence-based practice guides decision making and care of clients, which leads to the best outcomes for the clients and their families.”

For more information on Behavioral Science or research at UMFK, please go to www.umfk.edu.