"Bring something incomprehensible into the world." - Gilles Deleuze
My research interests extend beyond a piece of paper and infiltrate my daily life. I strive to examine the possibilities and limitations of socially constructed assumptions related to what it means to know, be, and become. More specifically, I work to deterritorialize the ways beginning (science) teachers are named, 'known', and (re)produced in the context of American schooling and educational research.
While my background and content-specific interests are in science education, my interests are also situated in broader cultural and theoretical conversations on teacher education. The bulleted list below misrepresents the dynamic in which my research interests intersect. Each demarcated area of interest is innately entangled in the whole, with each interest influencing the re-conceptualization of the other.
Science Teachers Teacher Education and Induction
Construction of Teacher Subjectivities
Feminist Poststructuralist and New Materialist Perspectives within Curriculum Studies
Ontology in Qualitative Inquiry
Ethicopolitical Entanglements within Science Education
Prior Research Experience
Through my graduate research assistantship I gained experience conducting conventional qualitative research. My advisor and I are working on projects that include a longitudinal analysis across two years of data collection, participant interviews, and written responses to questionnaires. Our topics to date have examined many aspects of science education including:
Agri-science teachers' implementation of digital game based learning in an introductory agri-science classroom
The nature of induction for alternatively licensed science teachers and implications for science teacher identities
Pre-service elementary science teacher perceptions about teaching English Language Learners (ELLs)
Undergraduate STEM education faculty enactment of project-based learning (PBL)
Examining beginning science teacher identities with regard to their participation in professional learning communities (PLCs)