Jennifer Dechaine

Science Education, Science Ed

Central Washington University

I hold a 50/50 Professor appointment in Science and Mathematics Education and Biology at Central Washington University and much of my teaching, research and service integrates both subjects.

I have taught a diverse array of courses, including elementary science teaching methods, science communication, introductory biology for majors and nonmajors, and introductory and advanced evolution. For SERC, I have been primarily involved in developing a curriculum module for elementary science teaching methods for the InTeGrate project: Soils, Systems, and Society

I hold a Ph. D in Plant Biology from University of Minnesota, and my biology research focuses on the evolutionary ecology and genetics of how plants respond to environmental stress. More about my research can be found on my website.

I am also involved in various projects advancing undergraduate STEM and STEM teaching education, supporting science education outreach to the community and K-12 schools, and providing professional development in teaching. 

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Course Modules (5)

Soils, Systems, and Society part of Soils, Systems, and Society
This inquiry based module is designed for use in a preservice K-8 science methods course, but Units 1-3 could easily be modified for other types of courses. The module promotes geoscientific and systems thinking ...

InTeGrate Developed This material was developed and reviewed through the InTeGrate curricular materials development process.
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Assessment of Module Goals part of Soils, Systems, and Society
Overall Module Assessments Summative Assessment The overarching summative assessment for this module is the "Soils, Systems, and Society Kit" (Kit) and presentation. For this assessment, students ...