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Penuel, Bill Distinguished Professor

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  • Dr. Penuel design and studies curriculum materials, assessments, and professional learning experiences for teachers in science. He works in partnership with school districts and state departments of education, and the research he conducts is in support of educational equity in three dimensions: (1) equitable implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards; (2) creating inclusive classroom cultures that attend to students’ affective experiences and where all students have authority for constructing knowledge together; and (3) connecting teaching to the interests, experiences, and identities of learners. He uses a wide range of research methods, including one his colleagues and he developed called design-based implementation research, to test what they design.

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  • design-based implementation research, teacher learning, sociocultural approaches to classroom assessment, school curricula, afterschool programs, learning and development from sociocultural, social capital, complex social systems perspectives, designs for teacher professional development in Earth science education, the role of research-practice partnerships in designing supports for teacher learning in school districts, science interest development, learning with digital media, compassion

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Teaching

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  • EDUC 4112 - Educational Psychology and Adolescent Development
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2020
    Examines current theory and research about adolescent learning and development and explore implications for secondary teaching. Topics include human diversity as a resource for learning, adversity and agency, connecting instruction to students' everyday lives, and the role of belonging and relationships in positive youth development. This course is appropriate for masters degree students. Same as PSYC 4114 and EDUC 5112.
  • EDUC 6368 - Adolescent Psychology and Development for Teachers
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Examines current theory and research on adolescent development, learning, motivation, and academic achievement. Emphasizes how theory and research can inform instructional decisions in the secondary classroom.
  • EDUC 7386 - Educational Evaluation
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Builds an understanding of the range of approaches taken by educational evaluators, focusing particularly on the evaluation of programs. Explores the nature of different evaluation perspectives and how these disparate views translate into methodological and conceptual models. Students develop a familiarity with the most common and influential approaches to evaluation.
  • EDUC 8348 - Seminar: Human Development
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Intensive study of selected topics in human development. The focus of the seminar will vary depending on the instructor's expertise and students' interests. Recent topics include adolescent development in social context, Vygotsky and Cultural-Historical Activity Theory, and design-based research methods. Repeatable for credit up to 6 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisite: EDUC 6318 or EDUC 8210 or instructor consent.
  • PSYC 4114 - Educational Psychology and Adolescent Development
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2020
    Examines current theory and research about adolescent learning and development and explore implications for secondary teaching. Topics include human diversity as a resource for learning, adversity and agency, connecting instruction to students' everyday lives, and the role of belonging and relationships in positive youth development. This course is appropriate for masters degree students. Same as EDUC 4112 and EDUC 5112.

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