Research and Publications

My research is focused in several areas. First, I have published many articles related to Family Science Learning events, where future teachers go into our community in after-school events after conceiving and building life science activities,  and presenting these to the public in different venues with different aged students from different cultures and ethnicities. The research tells us that by working as future teachers in public venues, their interest and self-efficacy in teaching science is significantly increased. I also research peer learning in the College of Science and Engineering, where I have created a peer-mentoring model that was part of an NSF funded initiative. I am also collecting data related to curriculum and course re-design, using reading and writing to increase interest in science content and raising the level of scientific literacy in our college students. Finally, I am passionately teaching our future teachers the importance of being culturally relevant in our classrooms, and am using Family Science Learning events as well as transformational reading assignments to reinforce those cultural conceptions and perceptions, as well as misconceptions.