Faculty Experts

Sharon Dotger

Associate Professor

My research and teaching focus on how students learn science and how learning is related to teaching. While it seems evident that teaching and learning are related, the exact nature of this relationship, especially as it relates to elementary science, needs much more specification. I collaborate with elementary teachers through a process called lesson study in order to learn how students think about science ideas. I have infused our elementary methods class with lesson study and I teach open research lessons on campus once a year. I am a member of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching and the Association for Science Teacher Educators.