Apply Now
Eastern Washington University
526 5th Street
Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.6200 (campus operator)

Ayanna Jacobs Kalyan

  My name is Ayanna Jacobs Kalyan and I am a McNair scholar. I come from a family of ten siblings and am the first to go to a four year university. Since I am the first, it's important for me to be an example for my younger siblings and maybe even my older siblings, but more importantly to have a future that I've always wanted.  Going to Eastern Washington University and deciding to double major in Psychology and Children studies is my dream.  I hope to use these degrees to help children with learning disabilities with the addition to a Ph.D that I wish to obtain now being a new member of the McNair E. Ronald Program.  I'm looking forward to my future with this program and getting to see how it's going to affect me in a tremendous way like it has with previous members.    



Dr. Susan Ruby, Associate Professor, Director of Social Psychology Program, EWU

TRiO McNair Research Internship:__________________________________________________________

Growth and Fix mindset Perspective effects on Children with Learning Disability  (2014)

A growing number of students with mild disabilities are included in general education   classrooms and expected to progress with Common Core Standards (IDEA, 2004). However, many general education teachers express resistance to the idea of inclusive classrooms because of debatable concerns (Avramidis, Bayliss, & Burden, 2000; Ergas, 2014; Ford, 2013). Controversy exists regarding the amount of time for students with mild disabilities in the classroom (Ergas, 2014), support and collaboration (Ford, 2013), and training to manage an inclusive classroom (Avramidis et al., 2000). For decades we have recognized the strong effect of teacher perceptions on student outcomes (Rosenthal & Jacobson, 1992). Mindset theory offers a newer understanding regarding teacher perspectives by identifying growth and fixed mindset (Dweck, 2008). Those with fixed mindsets support beliefs that qualities are permanent while those with growth mindsets espouse beliefs that individual qualities can develop greatly with effort (Dweck, 2008). Teachers with growth mindsets are most likely to expect greater gains for students with the thought of outstanding outcomes. However, this has not been researched since the mindset concept is fairly new. My study will survey classroom teachers regarding mindset and opinion regarding inclusion of students with mild disabilities in the general education classroom. I am distributing electronic, anonymous surveys to teachers in kindergarten - third-grade classrooms in a large urban school district in the Pacific Northwest. I hypothesize that teachers with fixed mindsets will have less favorable opinions about student inclusion. Less favorable opinions will most likely influence student performance given what we know about the effect of teacher expectations on student performance (Rosenthal & Jacobson, 1992).

Conference Presentations:________________________________________________________________

  • 29th Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), Cheney, WA (2015)
  • Washington State Association of School Psychologists, Stevens, WA (2014)
  • 23rd Annual McNair Research Conference and Graduate Fair, Delevan, WI (2014)
  • 3rd Annual Strategic Plan Conference: Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, Cheney, WA(2014)

Growth and Fix mindset Perspective effects on Children with Learning Disability  (2014)

  • 17th Annual Student Research and Creative Works Symposium, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA (2014)

Honors and Awards:______________________________________________________________________

  • McNair Scholar Summer Internship, Awarded $2,800. The goal of the McNair Program is to increase the attainment of PhD degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society. (2014)

Graduate School Acceptances:______________________________________________________________

  • Eastern Washington University - Education Specialist in School Psychology Program
© 2015 Eastern Washington University
EWU expands opportunities for personal transformation through excellence in learning.