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Penuel, Bill Professor

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  • Dr. Penuel's research focuses on teacher learning and organizational processes that shape the implementation of educational policies, school curricula, and afterschool programs. In his research, he examines learning and development from sociocultural, institutional, and complex social systems perspectives. One strand of his research focuses on how curriculum and professional development support teacher learning about new standards in science. A second strand examines the role of research-practice partnerships in designing supports for teacher learning in school districts. A third strand examines how children and youth's interest in science develops over time and across different kinds of settings and in ways that are supported by digital media.

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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

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  • EDUC 4112 - Adolescent Development and Learning for Teachers
    Secondary Instructor - Spring 2018
    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.
  • PSYC 4114 - Adolescent Development and Learning for Teachers
    Secondary Instructor - Spring 2018
    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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