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Dr. Jennifer Mesa

Biography:

Dr. Jennifer Mesa, an Assistant Professor in Science Education, brings a rich science background to her position in the Department of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership.

Mesa obtained a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and a M.Ed. in Science Education before she earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Science Education, all at the University of Florida.

Mesa, who joined UWF in 2014, teaches education courses for pre-service and in-service teachers, and conducts research on various aspects of teaching science and the development of science teachers’ knowledge and practices.

Publications featuring her work include Science and Children, Science Scope, Professional Development in Education, and others.

She also has made research presentations at state, national, and international science education conferences on science-specific pedagogies, methods for transforming middle school science, and science teacher learning.  In addition, Mesa, a former elementary and middle school science teacher, presents at educator workshops on effective methods and strategies for teaching science to children and encouraging children to learn, talk and write about science.

Degrees & Institutions:

Mesa obtained a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and a M.Ed. in Science Education before she earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Science Education, all at the University of Florida.

Research:

  • Development of knowledge and practices of science teachers

Current Courses:

  • Teaching science in the elementary school
  • Student teaching

Classes Taught:

    • Teaching science in the elementary school

Publications:

    Peer-reviewed Publications

    • Mesa, J., Evans, K., & Sorensen, K. (2016). Home for froggy: Using technology to investigate frog habitats in the schoolyard. Manuscript in preparation.
    • Pringle, R., & Mesa, J. (2016). Professional development for middle school science teachers: Does an educative curriculum make a difference? Manuscript submitted for publication.
    • Pringle, R., Mesa, J., & King, N. (2016). Meeting the demands of science reforms: Comprehensive professional development for practicing middle school teachers. Manuscript submitted for publication.
    • Mesa, J., & Nguyen, N. (in press). Go, turtle, go: Measuring motion to build proficiency in science and mathematics. Science Scope.
    • Mesa, J., & Sorensen, K. (2016). Firefly, firefly: First grade students learn, talk, and write about light. Science and Children.
    • Dogan, S., Mesa, J., & Pringle, R. (2015). The impact of professional learning communities on science teachers’ knowledge, practice, and student learning: A review. Professional Development in Education, DOI: 10.1080/19415257.2015.1065899
    • Mesa, J., Pringle, R., & King, N. (2014). Surfacing students’ prior knowledge in middle school science classrooms: Exception or the rule? Middle Grades Research Journal: STEM Special Issue, 9(3), 61-72.
    • Mesa, J., Pringle, R., & Hayes, L. (2013). Show me the evidence! Scientific argumentation in the middle school classroom. Science Scope, 36(9), 60-64.
    • Mesa, J., Klosterman, M., & Cronin-Jones, L. (2011). The POETRY of science: A flexible tool for assessing elementary student science journals. In Wheeler-Toppen, J. (Ed.), Science the “Write” Way. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press.
    • Klosterman, M., Mesa, J., & Milton, K. (2009). Cell phones, towers, birds, oh my!, Science Scope, 33(3), 34-41.
    • Mesa, J., Klosterman, M., & Cronin-Jones, L. (2008). The POETRY of science: A flexible tool for assessing elementary student science journals. Science and Children, 46(3), 36-41.

    Book Chapter

    • Gaines, T., Mesa, J., & Pecore, J. (2015). Twentieth century scientists who epitomize the interplay of creativity and giftedness. In Demetrikopoulos, M. & J. Pecore (Eds.), Interplay of creativity and giftedness in science. Boston, MA: Sense Publishers.

Keywords: innovations for teaching science in elementary and middle school, elementary science methods, concept mapping assessment tool and butterflies, middle school science reform, outdoor schoolyard learning activities, journaling by middle school science students, background of middle school science teachers, first-graders discuss fireflies and light

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