Division of Interdisciplinary Studies (CWE)
Areas of Expertise/Research
- Machine Learning
- Child Development
- Educational Environments
- Online Teaching and Learning
Prof. Matthews is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Early Childhood Education in the Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the City College, CUNY. Her research work centers on the impacts of environment on children's development and learning. She is currently investigating parental perspectives on the impacts of high security school environments.
Prof. Matthews teaches a variety of courses both face-to-face and fully online in psychology, sociology and education, including: Child Development, Child Psychopathology, Sociology of Education, Child Poverty, Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies and also occasionally teaches in the psychology department for the School of Professional Studies, CUNY.
Matthews, E. & Lippman, P.C. (forthcoming). Optimising the spatial and physical environment of young children’s learning settings. In M. Peters & R Heraud (Eds). Encyclopedia of Educational Innovation. New York: Springer.
Lippman, P.C. & Matthews, E. (forthcoming). Affordance theory in relationship to the learning environment. In M. Peters & R. Heraud (Eds). Encyclopedia of Educational Innovation. New York: Springer.
Matthews, E. & Lippman, P.C. (2019). The design and evaluation of the physical environment of young children’s learning settings. Early Childhood Education Journal 48(2), 171-180.
Matthews, E. (2019). Invasive Security practices in secondary public schools and the role of school-based parent involvement. Education & Society, 37 (2), 25-43.
Matthews, E. (2019). Parent involvement and invasive school security: An analysis of NCES SSOCS data. London International Research Conference in Education Conference Proceedings. London, England.
Matthews, E. (2018). The physical environment of the early childhood learning center: A key to quality education. In. S. Alterator & C. Deed (Eds). School Space and its Occupation: The Conceptualization and Evaluation of a New Generation Learning Spaces. Leiden: Brill Publishers. pp 88-105.
Lippman, P.C. & Matthews, E. (2018) Re-imagining the open classroom. In. S. Alterator & C. Deed (Eds). School Space and its Occupation: The Conceptualization and Evaluation of a New Generation Learning Spaces. Leiden: Brill Publishers. pp 63-85.
Lippmann, P.C. & Matthews, E. (under contract). Creating dynamic spaces for learning: An evidenced based approach. Springer - Nature Press.
Grants (in progress)
Title: “Parents’ Perceptions of High Security Educational Environments: An Exploratory Study”- $6000, Funding Source: PSC-CUNY Period 2020-2021
Title: “Investigating Parent Involvement as a Mediator of the Relationship between School Characteristics, Urbanicity, and School Violence” -- $3500.00Funding Source: PSC- CUNY Period 2019-2020