Donaldson, M. (2021). From oops to aha: Portraits of learning from mistakes in Kindergarten. Rowman & Littlefield.

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Peer Reviewed Articles

Audley, S. & Donaldson, M. (2022). When to grit and when to quit: (How) should grit be taught in K-12 classrooms? Theory Into Practice, 61(3), 265-276.

Donaldson, M. (2020). Tools to build their best learning: Examining how Kindergarten teachers frame student mistakes. Harvard Educational Review, 90(1), 54-74.

Donaldson, M. (2020).Everything go upside down”: Navigating mistakes in early learning and teaching. Schools: Studies in Education, 17(1), 70-91.

Donaldson, M. (2019). Harnessing the power of fantastic attempts: Kindergarten teacher perspectives on children’s mistakes. Journal of Educational Research, 112(4), 535-549.

Donaldson, M. (2019). Teacher accounts of children’s mistakes in the Kindergarten classroom. Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research, 13(3), 187-197.        

Capotosto, L., Kim, J.S., Burkhauser, M., Park, S.O., Mulimbi, B., Donaldson, M. & Kingston, H.C. (2017). Family support of third grade reading skills, motivation, and support. AERA Open, 3(3), 1-16.

Alio, A. P., Salihu, H. M., Berrings, T. J., Gramling, M. D., Burton, J. A., Gayles, T. A., et al. (2006). Obesity research and the forgotten African American child. Ethnicity & Disease, 16(2), 569–575.

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