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Xiaoxia Newton

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Xiaoxia NewtonAssociate Professor, Research and Evaluation in Education

Research Interests

Application of multilevel modeling analysis in educational research and evaluation; Logic modeling approach to program evaluation and research; STEM majors' mathematical content understanding; Inquiry approach to mathematics and science teaching.


  • BA: English, Tsinghua University, Department of Foreign Languages - Beijing, China
  • MA: English, Tsinghua University, Department of Foreign Languages - Beijing, China
  • Ph D: Education (Social Research Methodology), UCLA, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies - Los Angeles, California


Trained as an applied methodologist, Dr. Newton's evaluation research program is centrally concerned with improving learning opportunities for traditionally under-served students (e.g., students of color) and their teachers’ learning opportunities, with some emphasis on mathematics education and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) participation. Her research, teaching, and service activities are all anchored around this research interest.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Publication (2004), Scholarship/Research - American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division H
  • Honorable Mention, (2003), Scholarship/Research - American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division H

Selected Publications

  • Newton, X., Rivero, R., Fuller, B., Dauter, L. () "Longitudinal Analysis of Teacher Turnover in Organizational Context: Explaining Differing Rates among Charter and Traditional Public Schools in Los Angeles," Teachers College Record
  • Newton, X. (2016) "Striking a balance: A mixed-methods approach to impact-oriented evaluation.," Studies in Educational Evaluation 51: pp. 96 - 107
  • Newton, X. (2016) "Course Improvement Through Evaluation: Improving Undergraduate STEM Majors’ Capacity for Delivering Inquiry-Based Mathematics and Science Lessons. ,"
  • Newton, X., Poon, R.C. (2015) "Pre-Service STEM Majors’ Understanding of Slope According to Common Core Mathematics Standards: An Exploratory Study," Global Journal of Human-Social Science 15:7 pp. 26
  • Newton, X. (2015) "Mathematical Content Understanding for Teaching: A Study of Undergraduate STEM Majors," CE Creative Education 06:10 pp. 998-1031

Selected Presentations

  • Theory into Practice: Empowerment Evaluation of a Full Service Community School Initiative at an Alternative High School Serving Primarily Diverse Students - Southeast Asian American Studies Conference, Community Engagement, Research, & Policy in Action, July 27-29, 2017, July 2017 - UMass Lowell, O'Leary Library