"Mark is a rising star in science education,” said Richard Duschl, Waterbury Chair Professor. "His research around ambitious practices in teacher education is changing our conversations about what we need to attend to in our preservice science methods classes.”
The lecture will cover Windschitl’s four ambitious practices: selecting big ideas to teach and treat them as models, attending to students’ ideas, choosing activity and framing intellectual work, and pressing students for explanations. "For Mark, these become the pillars for building a broader set of pedagogical practices in science teaching,” said Duschl. “We are fortunate to have Mark with us at the Waterbury Lecture and for meetings with students, area teachers, and faculty."
Windschitl has made more than 50 conference presentations and has been published more than 40 times in a variety of research, education, and technology journals both nationally and internationally. His research examines the growth and development of science teachers during the beginning of their careers.
The University of Washington research group Windschitl works with was recently awarded funding from the National Science Foundation for a five-year study. The study will develop and examine contrivances to help foster science teachers from novice-level skills to proficient pedagogical theories and practices.
In 1995, Windschitl earned his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Iowa State University, having previously garnered a B.S. in zoology and an M.S.Ed. in research and evaluation. He has also received multiple awards for his research, including the American Educational Research Association’s Presidential Award for Best Review of Research (2003) and the Outstanding Reviewer Award from the American Educational Research Journal (2006).