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Otero, Valerie K Professor


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research overview

  • I design and investigate learning environments that involve learners in negotiation and risk-taking as a means for meeting multiple goals: (1) participation, belonging, and leadership; (2) articulating, revising, and implementing ideas; and (3) establishing agency through evidence and consensus. The populations I interact with include university and high school students learning physics, high school teachers learning how to do research and teach physics inductively, and university faculty who seek to make modifications to their teaching practices or to cultural practices of their departments or universities. Relational leadership models together with structure/agency theory is used to address three types of learning: learning physics, learning about teaching physics, and institutional learning--social change. Through qualitative and quantitative approaches, I measure outcomes and create explanatory models for what factors are most influential in instigating desired change.


  • physics education research, history of physics education, Learning Assistants, technology as a tool for social organization in higher education, US education reform, curriculum development, socio-cultural theory, theory of learning, Vygotskian theory, teacher learning, learning as experience, science education, education transformation, cultural change, faculty development, teacher education


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courses taught

  • EDUC 8994 PhD Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2019)
  • EDUC 1580 Energy and Interactions (Fall 2018)
  • EDUC 4800 Special Topics (Fall 2018)
  • PHYS 1580 Energy and Interactions (Fall 2018)
  • EDUC 6944 Master's Degree Candidate (Summer 2018)
  • EDUC 1580 Energy and Interactions (Spring 2018)
  • PHYS 1580 Energy and Interactions (Spring 2018)


International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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