Carla Firetto

Assistant Professor
Faculty
WEST Campus
Mailcode
3151
Asst Professor
Faculty
WEST Campus
Mailcode
3151

Biography

Carla Firetto is an assistant professor of educational psychology. The overarching focus of her research aims to facilitate students’ high-level comprehension of complex texts and content. Toward this end, she examines ways to help students from primary grades through post-secondary education integrate across texts and think more critically and analytically. Professor Firetto’s research in this area focuses on identifying the individual differences that account for variation in students’ ability to comprehend and integrate between multiple, complex texts as well as the mechanisms (e.g., small-group classroom discussions) that promote students’ comprehension and integration processes. 

Education

  • Ph.D. Educational Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University 2013
  • M.S. Educational Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University 2007
  • B.A. Psychology/Sociology,  Thiel College, Greenville, PA. 2005

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Research Interests

  • Multiple Text Integration
  • Classroom Discourse

Publications

Kosh, A. E., Greene, J. A., Murphy, P. K., Burdick, H., Firetto, C. M., & Elmore, J. (2017). Automated scoring of students’ small-group discussions to assess reading ability. Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/emip.12174 

Murphy, P. K., Greene, J. A., Firetto, C. M., Li, M., Lobczowski, N. G., Duke, R. F., Wei, L., & Croninger, R. M. V. (2017). Exploring the influence of homogeneous versus heterogeneous grouping on students’ text-based discussions and comprehension. Contemporary Educational Psychology. 51, 336-355. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cedpsych.2017.09.003

Murphy, P. K., Firetto, C. M., & Greene, J. A. (2017). Enriching students’ scientific thinking through relational reasoning: Seeking evidence in texts, task, and talk. Educational Psychology Review, 29(1), 105-117. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10648-016-9387-x

Firetto, C. M., Van Meter, P. N., Turns, S. R., & Litzinger, T. A. (2016). The validation of a conceptual reasoning inventory for introductory thermodynamics. International Journal of Engineering Education. 32(6), 2635-2652. http://www.ijee.ie/latestissues/Vol32-6/25_ijee3340ns.pdf

Alexander, P. A., Dumas, D., Grossnickle, E. M., List, A., & Firetto, C. M. (2016). Measuring relational reasoning. The Journal of Experimental Education, 84(1), 119-151. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220973.2014.963216

Li, M., Murphy, P. K., Wang, J., Mason, L. H., Firetto, C. M., Wei, L., & Chung, K. S. (2016). Promoting reading comprehension and critical-analytic thinking: A comparison of three approaches with fourth and fifth graders. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 46, 101-115. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cedpsych.2016.05.002

Murphy, P. K., Andiliou, A., Firetto, C. M., Bowersox, C. M., Ramsay, C. M., & Baker, M. (2016). Intratextual persuasive messages as catalysts for higher-order thinking: An exploratory investigation. Journal of Literacy Research, 48(2), 134-163. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1086296X16660652

Murphy, P. K., Firetto, C. M., Wei, L., Li, M., & Croninger, R. M. V. (2016). What REALLY works: Optimizing classroom discussions to promote comprehension and critical-analytic thinking. Policy Insights from Behavioral and Brain Science, 3(1), 27-35. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2372732215624215

Van Meter, P. N., Firetto, C. M., Turns, S. R., Litzinger, T. A., Cameron, C. E., & Shaw, C. W.  (2016). Improving students’ conceptual reasoning by prompting cognitive operations. Journal of Engineering Education, 105(2), 245-277. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jee.20120

Li, M., Murphy, P. K., & Firetto, C. M. (2014). Examining the effects of text genre and structure on 4th- and 5th-grade students’ high-level comprehension as evidenced in small-group discussions. International Journal of Educational Psychology, 3(3), 205-234. http://dx.doi.org/10.4471/ijep.2014.12 

Courses

Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
EDP 311Ed Psych for Future Teachers
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
EDP 313Childhood and Adolescence
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 215Intro to Child&Adolescent Dev
TEL 504Learning and Instruction
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EDP 311Ed Psych for Future Teachers