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Furtak, Erin Marie Professor


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  • Erin Marie Furtak is Professor of Education specializing in Science Education. Dr. Furtak's research grew out of her own experiences as a public high school teacher, in which she struggled to enact science teaching reforms in her own classroom. Her work focuses on how to support secondary science teachers in improving their everyday formative assessment practices. With the support of a CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation, Dr. Furtak has been investigating how a long-term professional development program centered on a learning progression for natural selection can support high school teachers in iteratively designing, enacting, and revising formative assessments.


  • Secondary science education, science teacher education, formative assessment, reform science teaching, life sciences education, science classroom discourse, teacher professional development


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courses taught

  • EDUC 8994 PhD Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2019)
  • EDUC 4060 Classroom Interactions (Fall 2018)
  • EDUC 5060 Classroom Interactions (Fall 2018)
  • EDUC 4060 Classroom Interactions (Spring 2018)
  • EDUC 6925 Readings in Curriculum and Instruction (Spring 2018)


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