Currently, research projects which I am pursuing have two main focuses: (1) learning experiences impact on teachers’ practice, and (2) chemistry teachers and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)—this includes their understandings about the topics, its implementation, and possible impact on their practice.
My recent research projects (all at different stages of development and implementation) include a project examining the effects of participating in undergraduate science education research on teachers’ practices, a project which looks at Iowa Chemistry teachers current practices as they relate to NGSS and what science teachers understand about engineering in their classroom including how including engineering practices in the chemistry classroom might change teachers beliefs about teaching science. I am also currently part of a professional development grant in which we are teaching teachers about the crosscutting concepts in NGSS. We are curious how this program is affecting their teaching practices as well. While these projects might seem diverse, my focus is on teachers, providing them with tools and ideas they can use to continue to develop and improve their teaching as they help students learn chemistry.
The research areas I have described included a range of possible topics and projects. I am very open to discussing projects which individual students have formulated ideas for and wish to pursue. Let's talk!