Kathy Nitta, M.A.

Lecturer of Teacher Education

Kathy is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Math and Science Education program at Washington State University. Broadly, her research interest is exploring what beginning teachers need to know in order to teach mathematics and science, and how they learn...

Kathy Nitta

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

M.A., Educational Administration, Gonzaga University

B.A., Biology, Gonzaga University

Courses Taught

EDTE 304: Science Concepts

EDTE 401: Elementary Methods: Mathematics

EDTE 404: Elementary Methods: Science

EDTE 454: Secondary Methods: Mathematics

EDTE 509: Mathematics Methods

EDTE 510: Science Methods

EDTE 554: Secondary Methods Mathematics


Kathy is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Math and Science Education program at Washington State University. Broadly, her research interest is exploring what beginning teachers need to know in order to teach mathematics and science, and how they learn to do this complex work. Her research is focused on understanding the connections between pedagogies in teacher education and preservice teachers’ learning of professional practice. Kathy’s twenty-eight years of experience teaching middle school and high school mathematics and science informs her research and teaching at Gonzaga.

Nitta, K. (2018, February). Exploring Pedagogies of Practice: The Development of Preservice Teachers’ Capacity to Enact Mathematical Teaching Practices. Research presented at Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators Conference, Houston, TX. 

Premo, J., Cavagnetto, A., Nitta, K. (2017, April). Social Structuring of Learning Tasks to Promote Whole-Class Cooperative Behavior. Paper presented at American Education Research Association, San Antonio, TX.

Nitta, K. (2016, November). Teaching the Nature of Science and Field Investigations in an Elementary Science Methods Course: Explicitly Connected. Poster presented at the Portland Far West and Northwest Association of Science Teacher Education session, Portland, OR.

Case, A., Nitta, K. (2016, February). Intensive Field Experiences as Living Curriculum: Uncovering Hope in “Tough Classrooms”. Paper presented at American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Nitta, K. (2015, October). APPlying Technology: Supporting Preservice Teachers’ Integration of Digital Tools in Elementary Science Lessons. Paper presented at Technology-Enhanced Curricula in Higher Education Conference, Pullman, WA.

Cox, J., Nitta, K., Salina, C. (2015, June). Higher Education: Changing Roles in Reform. Paper presented at Northwest Association of Teacher Educators Conference (NWATE), Pullman, WA.

Nitta, K. (2014, October). Engineering Design Challenges in the Elementary Classroom. Presentation at the Washington State Science Teachers Conference (WSTA), Spokane, WA.