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Michael D. Eisner College of Education

College of Education

Personnel Directory

Carrie Rothstein-Fisch

Carrie  Rothstein-Fisch
Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling
Office:ED 2227
Phone:818 677 2529


Co-coordinator of the MA in Early Childhood Education


Ph.D. Educational Psychology - emphasis in Early Childhood and Developmental Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, 1983


Issues and Theories in Early Childhood Education, Advanced Psychological Foundations of Education, Curriculum in Early Childhood Education, Lifespan Human Development, Research Methods, Assessment and Evaluation in Early Childhood Education

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Trumbull, E. & Rothstein-Fisch, C. (2011). The intersection of culture and achievement motivation. The School Community Journal (21)2, 25-53.


Achievement motivation is something that all members of the school community want to support in students, however few may recognize that it is influenced by culture. The very meaning of "achievement" is culturally variable, and the motives that students have for achieving may be quite different, depending upon their cultural background. The practices of schools tend to reflect the individualism of the dominant U.S. culture. Many students come from families that are more collectivistic. Elementary bilingual teachers used a cultural framework of individualism/collectivism to guide understanding and innovations related to achievement motivation. Examples illustrate cultural differences and how they can be bridged.

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