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Tracy Pelkowski, Ph.D.

Tracy Pelkowski, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor | Education

As the coordinator of Salve Regina University’s secondary education program, Dr. Tracy Pelkowski’s research focuses on how to prepare culturally responsive educators. Her current study investigates Salve students’ perceptions of their racial identity development and critical consciousness during the course Introduction to Race and Inequality in American Education. Year one of a longitudinal study, her research will investigate students’ development of culturally responsive pedagogy as they progress through the secondary education program.
Dr. Pelkowski received her B.A. from Pennsylvania State University in 1992. She went on to receive her M.Ed. (2009) and Ph.D. (2014) in social and comparative analysis in education from the University of Pittsburgh.

Featured Spring 2022

Using an Adult Skill Acquisition Model to Analyze the Culturally Responsive Practices of Secondary Social Studies Teachers

Tracy Pelkowski

Abstract:   This study investigates how teachers reflect upon and discuss their culturally responsive choices in each of their teaching contexts. I utilize Dreyfus’ model for skill acquisition (1986, 2004) and Berliner’s application of this model specific to teacher development (2004) to frame findings from a mixed methods case study on the perceptions of three secondary social studies educators of their culturally responsive practices. Data indicates that across content, pedagogy, and relationships, or what I term Culturally Responsive Areas of Practice, participants range from novice to approaching the competent stage with regard to Gay’s (2010) characteristics of culturally responsive pedagogy.    


Pelkowski, T. (2021). Using an Adult Skill Acquisition Model to Analyze the Culturally Responsive Practices of Secondary Social Studies Teachers. In E.S. Mangiante & K. Peno (Eds.), Teaching and learning for adult skill acquisition: Applying the Dreyfus and Dreyfus Model in different fields (pp. 103-132).


Salve Curriculum Library CRC Collection:   LC5225.L42 T42 2021