Allison Firestone

Allison Firestone is a 5th-year PhD candidate in the Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses broadly on preservice teacher education and capacity building for inclusive, equity-centered practices in future teachers. Her dissertation is a mixed methods design experiment that explores the impact of scaffolding inquiry practices into student teaching coursework, and how scaffolded inquiry impacts preservice teachers’ knowledge of, attitudes toward, and enactment of inclusive practices.

Allison’s work is grounded in critical disability theory, and an additional strand of her research examines school discipline equity and the impact of rigorous instruction on the formation of equitable classrooms. Prior to her doctoral studies, she earned a master’s degree in special education from the University of Oregon and worked as both a general and a special education teacher at the elementary school level.

Specializations and Interests

Mixed methods research; preservice teacher learning; inclusive pedagogy; teacher inquiry; critical disability theory


M.A. Special Education, University of Oregon; Education Specialist Teacher Credential; Mild/Moderate Elementary Multiple Subject Credential; California Language Acquisition and Development (CLAD) Credential

Curriculum Vitae