Dr Laura Ritchie is Professor of Learning and Teaching at the University of Chichester, UK. She is vibrant in her teaching, research, music-making, and in life; she embodies a ‘yes’ attitude. Her enthusiasm is contagious and inspires people to realize their goals through positive achievement and reach beyond their dreams. Her most recent book Yes I Can: Learn to use the Power of Self-efficacy demonstrates how to transform can into do making yes a way of life.
Laura is a chartered psychologist with the British Psychological Sociey. As a researcher and educator Laura has published and presented internationally, in both North and South America and across Europe. Laura’s teaching is heavily influenced by her research on people’s self-beliefs and cognitive processes as they learn and perform/carry out tasks. Her PhD (Royal College of Music, London) focused on the psychology of musical self-efficacy beliefs (self-beliefs in one’s capabilities to do a particular task) and through empirical studies she distinguished these for learning and performing in music. Her book academic book, Fostering Self-efficacy in Higher Education Students, gives practical tips on how to enable students across disciplines to develop self-efficacy beliefs as they learn and accomplish their goals. Laura has devised both undergraduate and postgraduate curricula, including a unique undergraduate pedagogy degree and the MA Music courses at Chichester and a postgraduate course for the European String Teachers Association. Laura’s musical background is as a classical cellist, originally training in Chicago with Hans Jensen before she came to the UK. As a musician Laura spans genres and has performed both as a classical recitalist and as a member of The Mummers on Jools Holland and at Glastonbury.
Howard Rheingold wrote this profile of Laura for Connected Learning.
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