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Madalina Tanase

Associate Professor

Foundations & Secondary Education | College of Education & Human Services

Areas of Expertise

Culturally Responsive Classroom Management and Pedagogy

Teacher Epistemological Beliefs and Efficacy

 

Education

 

2008                Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA

                        Teacher Education

 2003                M.A.E., University of Northern Iowa, USA

                        Educational Psychology

 1998                B.A., Ovidius University, Constanta, Romania

                        French and English Education

 

Biography

I am originally from Constanta, Romania. I graduated from my home-town university with a Bachelor degree in French and English literatures, and immediately following I started working as a middle school English and French teacher in my home town. At the same time, I taught English part-time at the university.

After 3 years in the school district, I moved to US to pursue a Masters in Educational Psychology at the University of Northern Iowa, in Cedar Falls. In 2003 I moved to Las Vegas to pursue a PhD in Teacher Education.

I have been teaching at UNF since 2008, working with both graduate and undergraduate students. Some of the classes I taught are as follows: Classroom Management and Communications, The Learning Process, Assessment, Educational Psychology, Models of Teaching, Instructional Strategies, as well as Managing Effective Learning Environments.

My research areas center around the Culturally Responsive Classroom Management and Pedagody, Teacher Self-Efficacy and Epistemological Beliefs.

Awards

2018   One-Semester Sabbatical, UNF

2017   Nomination for Outstanding International Service Award,

          UNF

2016   Nomination for Outstanding International Service Award,

           UNF

2014   Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, UNF

2013   John Sikula Florida Unit Award for Programs and Services

           Florida Association of Teacher Educators

2013   John Sikula Florida Unit Achievement Award,

          Florida Association of Teacher Educators

                      

 

Affiliations

National

Association of Teacher Education (ATE)

Regional

Florida Association of Teacher Educators (FATE)

 

 

 

Grants and Contracts Awarded

2018    Summer Co-Teaching Grant ($1000), COEHS, UNF

2016    Transformational Learning Opportunities Award (20,000)

            Office of the Provost and President, UNF

2016    Faculty Support Grant (1,500), COEHS, UNF

2010    Faculty Support Grant ($500), COEHS, UNF

2009    Summer Scholarship Grant ($7,500), UNF

     

 

 

 

 

Publications & Presentations

Recent Publications (2008-present)

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Tanase, M., & Lucey, T. (2017). Preservice teachers’ awareness of interdisciplinary connections: Mathematics, financial literacy, and social justice issues. Investigations in Mathematics        Learning, 9(1), 2-18.

Tanase, M., & Lastrapes, W. (2016). Immersive experiences in an ESE secondary setting: Lessons from the classroom. The New Educator, 1-19.

Tanase, M., & Lucey, T. (2015). Interdisciplinary connections: Teaching mathematics for social justice and financial literacy. Journal of Mathematics and Culture, 9(1), 81-118.

Riner, P., & Tanase, M. (2014). Inviting Calm Within: A Mixture of ADD, Neurology, and Mindfulness. Journal of Invitational Theory and Practice, 20, 11-26.

Lastrapes, W., & Tanase, M., & Patterson, K.B. (2014). An immersive experience in exceptional student education: Exploring secondary preservice teachers’ dispositions and cultural consciousness. Critical Issues in Teacher Education, 21, 76-89.

Tanase, M. (2013). Meeting student needs in the Freedom Writers movie: An activity in a Classroom Management Course. Journal of Invitational Theory and Practice, 19, 4-14.

Tanase, M. (2013). The impact of interactive factors on Romanian students’ understanding of place value. SAGE Open, July-September, 1-17.

Tanase, M., & Wang, J. (2013). Knowing students as mathematics learners: A case study of four Romanian elementary teachers and their students. Journal of Mathematics  Behavior, 32, 564-576.

Sowder, M., Leavitt, T., Smith, T., & Tanase, M., (2013). When magic becomes art: Educating teachers. Studying Teacher Education, 1-13.

Tanase, M., Smith, T., Sowder, M., & Leavitt, T. (2012). Constructivist practices in a teacher education program. The Constructivist, 21(1), 67-105.

Lucey, T., & Tanase, M. (2012). Making learning to problem-solve count. Multicultural Education, 19(4), 8-13.

Patterson, K. B., Tanase, M., Lastrapes, W., & Negishi, M. (2012). Navigating internship in inclusive settings: Promising practices. Journal of Multiculturalism in Education, 7(3).

Tanase, M. (2011). Teaching place value concepts to first grade Romanian students: Teacher knowledge and its influence on student learning. International Journal for Mathematics          Teaching and Learning, 339-369.

Tanase, M. (2011). The school and cultural influences on mathematics achievement. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 1(21), 1-12.

Tanase, M. & Leavitt, T. (2011). Effects of teacher education programs on in-service teachers in China and USA. The US - China Education Review, 8(2), 1-14.

Tanase, M., & Wang, J. (2010). Initial epistemological beliefs transformation in one teacher education classroom: Case studies of four preservice teachers. Teaching and Teacher   Education, 26, 1238-1248.

Wang, J., Lin, E., Tanase, M., & Sas, M. (2008). Revisiting the influence of numerical language characteristics on mathematics achievement: Comparison among China, Romania, and US. International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education, 3(1), 20- 42.

Book Chapters

Tanase, M. (2012). Home interactions, in the context of Learning about Numbers 1-100: How do Romanian parents teach place value to their children? In T. A. Lucey, & J. D. Laney (Eds.), Reframing financial literacy: Exploring the value of social currency (pp.279-303). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Leavitt, T., & Tanase, M. (2011). A report on the introduction and resulting effects of novel teaching strategies. In C. J. Craig, & L. F. Deretchin (Eds.), Cultivating curious and creative minds. The role of teachers and teacher educators: Part II. Teacher Education Yearbook XIX (pp.221-244.) Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education.

Textbook Chapter

Patterson, K., Tanase, M., & Lastrapes, W. (2013). Collaboration. In G. Williams, J.Seabrooks-Blackmore, L. Roberson, & T. Conn (Eds.), Special Education: Case by Case. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

Recent Presentations (2008-present)

International Presentations

Dinsmore, D., & Tanase, M. (2016). Investigating Preservice Teachers’ and Faculty’s Beliefs and Knowledge about Teaching and Learning. Paper presentation at the Higher Education   Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Tanase, M. (2015). Immersive Experiences in an ESE Secondary Setting: Lessons from the Classroom. Paper presented at the International Conference on Education, Psychology, and Society, Tokyo, Japan.

Sowder, M., Smith, T., Tanase, M., & Leavitt, T. (2012). Using metaphor to assess practice: Our journey from K-12 teachers to teacher educators. Paper presented at the 9th Annual International Conference on Self-Study, Castle Herstermonceux, England.

Tanase, M. (2011). Teaching children numbers 1-100: Are Romanian parents involved in their children’s learning at home? Paper presented at the 13th Annual International Conference      on Education, Athens, Greece.

Tanase, M. (2009). Teachers' pedagogical content knowledge and teaching practice: Analyses of elementary mathematics teachers from China, Germany, and Romania. Paper presented  at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society, Charleston, SC.

Leavitt, T., & Tanase, M. (2008). Teacher knowledge: An examination and analysis of German   and Romanian mathematics teachers. Paper presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society, New York, NY.

National Presentations

Smith, T. B., Leavitt, T., Tanase, M. (2019). Mentor teachers’ perceptions of their roles/responsibilities. Paper presented at the Ninety-Nine Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators in Atlanta, GA.

Young, W., Fulton L., Diamond L., Lejeune M., Tanase, M., Leavitt, T., & Smith, T. (2018). #WhathappensinVegas Doesn’t Stay in Vegas. Paper presented at the Ninety-Eight Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators in Las Vegas, NV.

Smith, T., Leavitt, T., Tanase, M., & Moffit, C. (2018). Ten Years Later: Reflecting on how a Teacher Education Graduate Program Best Prepares Teacher Educators. Paper presented at the Ninety-Eight Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators in Las Vegas, NV.

Tanase, M. (2017). Models of Teaching and Their Implementation in High School Classrooms.Paper presented at the Ninety-Seven Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher  Educators in Orlando, FL.

Patterson, K., Tanase, M., & Lastrapes, W. (2016). Successful Collaboration in Inclusive Settings between General Education and Special Education Teachers. Paper presented at the Ninety-Six Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators, Chicago, IL.

Smith, T.B., Tanase, M., Sowder, M., Leavitt. T. (2015) Guideposts or Detours: The Roles of the Standards in our Journey Towards Tenure. Paper presented at the Ninety-Five Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators, Phoenix, AZ.

Lastrapes, W., & Tanase, M. (2014). An Eye-Opening Experience in Exceptional Student Education: Exploring Secondary Preservice Teachers’ Dispositions and Teaching     Efficacy. Paper presented at the Ninety-Four Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators, St. Louis, MS.

Tanase, M. (2013). Meeting student needs in the Freedom Writers Movie: An activity in a Classroom Management Course. Paper presented at the Ninety-Three Annual    Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators, Atlanta, GA.

Smith, T., Sowder, M., Tanase, M., & Leavitt, T. (2013). How four teacher educators use standards: A narrative exploration. Paper presented at the Ninety-Three Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators, Atlanta, GA.

Tanase, M. (2012). Teaching place value concepts to first grade Romanian students: Teacher knowledge and its influence on student learning. Paper presented at the 2012 American           Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada.

Tanase, M., & Lucey, T. (2012). Making learning to problem-solve count: Critical use of mathematics to bring about financial justice. Paper presented at the Ninety-Two              Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators, San Antonio, TX.  

Tanase, M., Sowder, M., Leavitt, T., & Smith, T. (2012). The rubber has hit the road: An analysis and reflection of mid-tenure processes at four institutions of higher education.   Paper presented at the Ninety-Two Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators, San Antonio, TX.              

Tanase, M., & Lucey, T. (2011). Interdisciplinary connections: How mathematics relates to financial literacy and social justice issues. Paper presented at the 2011 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Tanase, M. (2011). Preservice teachers’ awareness about the relationship between mathematics and social justice issues. Paper presented at the Ninety-One Annual Meeting of the       Association of Teacher Educators, Orlando, FL.

Leavitt, T., Tanase, M., Smith, T., & Sowder, M. (2010). On becoming teacher educators: A standards-based evaluation of our first year as teacher educators. Paper presented at            the Ninety Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators, Chicago, IL.

Tanase, M., Odell, S., & Wang, J. (2009). Teacher knowledge of students and its impact on classroom practice. Paper presented at the Eighty-Nine Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators, Dallas, TX.

Tanase, M. (2008). Students’ understanding of place value: A complex theory study of 1st grade Romanian students. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, New York, NY.

Tanase, M. (2008). The impact of interrelated factors on students’ understanding of place value: A case study of Romanian first-graders. Paper presented at the Eighty-Eight   Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators, New Orleans, LA.

Regional Presentations

Lastrapes, W., Chant, R., Tanase, M., Cohan, N.. Osborn, M., Willard, C., & Ledford, J. (2012). Creating an instructional campus for community-based learning in a secondary teacher    education program. Paper presented at the Thirty-Third Annual Meeting of the Florida Association of Teacher Educators, Jacksonville, FL.

College and Departmental Presentations

Tanase, M., & Riner, P. (2013). The effects of coaching and peer coaching on ADD College Freshmen. Dean’s Advisory Council, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.

Tanase, M. (2012). Preservice teachers’ awareness about the relationship between mathematics, financial literacy, and social justice issues. Foundations and Secondary Education           Colloquia, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.  

Invited Presentations

Leavitt, T., & Tanase, M. (2011). A Report on the Introduction and Resulting Effects of Novel Teaching Strategies in Increasing Creativity and Independent Thought. Chapter           presentation for the Teacher Education Yearbook XIX, Part II: Cultivating Curious and Creative Minds: The Role of Teachers and Teacher Educators. Presentation at the Ninety-One Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators, Orlando, FL.

Wegman, S., Daniel, E.M., Tanase, M., Bleczinski, R., & Byrd-Blake, M. (2010). Teacher leadership: Engaging teachers – empowering Leaders. Invited panelist  at the Thirty-First Annual Meeting of the Florida Association of Teacher Educators, St. Petersburg, FL.


Invited Participations

 Invited Participation at the Division K New Faculty Seminar at the 2010 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting in Denver, CO.

 

 

 

 

Tanase
Contact Information

Building 57, Room 2305

(904) 620-1258

madalina.tanase@unf.edu