Dr. Douglas B. Larkin

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Secondary and Special Education

Dr. Douglas B. Larkin

Office: University Hall 2167
Phone: (973) 655-3124
Email: larkind@mail.montclair.edu

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My current research agenda is shaped by a desire to strengthen the structures that support equitable and effective secondary science education in a variety of contexts. This is important because many reform efforts concerned with equity often seem to bypass secondary school teachers—and this is a situation I would like to address in my work. This agenda follows six thematic strands: 

1. Science Teacher learning and practice
2. Probabilistic thinking in science teacher cognition
3. Culturally relevant high school science teaching
4. Pathways into science teaching
5. Assessing quality science teaching and science teacher education
6. High school science departments as sites for science education reform

Specialization

Science Teacher Education: Examining how knowledge for teaching develops in science teachers.
Multicultural Science Education: Finding connections between subject matter and student diversity.
Teacher Quality: Exploring the rapidly growing field of teacher quality indicators with a critical perspective.
Teacher Education Programs: Understanding the features of high-quality teacher education for multiple contexts.

I am also currently involved with two different programs that are designed to offer high-quality science & math teacher preparation for urban schools: The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship program, and the Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship program.

I am currently co-PI along with Dr. Sandra Adams (PI) from the Dept. of Biology and Molecular Biology on a $1.4M grant from the National Science Foundation for the Noyce Teaching Scholarship program, which will fund two years of study for 30 prospective science teachers who agree to teach for four years in a high need school in

Degrees

  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • BS, Trenton State College, NJ

 

Career Appointments

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Publications

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Resume/CV

My current research agenda is shaped by a desire to strengthen the structures that support equitable and effective secondary science education in a variety of contexts. This is important because many reform efforts concerned with equity often seem to bypass secondary school teachers—and this is a situation I would like to address in my work. 

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Scholarhip, Publications and Related Activities

Books

Larkin, D. B. (2013). Deep Knowledge: Learning to teach science for understanding and equity. New York: Teachers College Press.

Refereed Publications

Larkin, D. B. and Perry-Ryder, G. (in press). Without the light of evolution: A case study of resistance and avoidance in learning to teach high school biology. Science Education.

Larkin, D. B. (2014). Structures and strategies for science teacher education in the 21st century. Teacher Education & Practice, 27(2).

Larkin, D. B. (2012). Misconceptions about “misconceptions”: Preservice secondary science teachers’ views on the value and role of student ideas. Science Education, 96(5), 927–959. doi: 10.1002/sce.21022

Larkin, D. B. (2012). Using the conceptual change model of learning as an analytic tool in researching teacher preparation for student diversity. Teachers College Record, 114(8). (Invited by editors to discuss the article in a video that was posted on TC Record online on November 19, 2012: https://vialogues.com/vialogues/play/9261)

Larkin, D. B., Seyforth, S. C., & Lasky, H. J. (2009). Implementing and sustaining science curriculum reform: A study of leadership practices among teachers within a high school science department. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 4(7), 813 – 835.
doi: 10.1002/tea.20291

Refereed Book Chapters

Larkin, D. B., Monteiro, A. K., & Poole, S. P. (in press). Science methods in the residency. In M. K. Taylor, E. Klein (Ed.), A year in the life of an urban teacher residency: Using inquiry to reinvent math and science education. Boston: Sense.

Gichiru, P. W., & Larkin, D. B. (2009). Reframing refugee education in kenya as an inclusionary practice of pedagogy. In S. Mitakidou, E. Tressou, B. Blue Swadener & C. Grant (Eds.), Beyond pedagogies of exclusion: Transnational conversations (pp. 225-
240). New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

Scholarly (Refereed) Conference Papers

Larkin, D. B. (2014). Rigorous and Responsive Learning by Design: Transforming Classrooms and Practice- Based Teacher Education. Paper presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Pittsburgh, PA.

Larkin, D. B. (2014). Putting Physics First: Four Case Studies of High School Science Department and Course Sequence Reorganization. Paper presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Pittsburgh, PA.

Larkin, D. B. and Oluwole, J. (2014). The Opportunity Costs of Teacher Evaluation: A Labor and Equity Analysis of the Impact of the TEACH-NJ Legislation on Administrators’ Time. Paper presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Larkin, D. B., Perry-Ryder, G. & Robinson, J. (2014). Evidence for Growth in Secondary Science Residents’ Knowledge for Teaching in an Urban Teacher Residency. Paper presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Perry-Ryder G.& Larkin, D. B., (2014). We Also Can’t Evaluate What We Don’t Know:? Cultural Competence in Assessment and Evaluation for Teacher Quality. Paper presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Larkin, D. B. (2013). Without the light of evolution: A case study of resistance and avoidance in learning to teach high school biology. Paper presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

Larkin, D. B. (2013). Structures and strategies for preservice science teacher education in the 21st century. Paper presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

Larkin, D. B. (2013). Welcome Back Jethro: Changes in Thinking of a Second-Career Physics Teacher Learning to Teach. Paper presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

Larkin, D. B. (2013). Moving into the Third Space in Secondary Science and Math Methods. Paper presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

Larkin, D. B. (2012). Misconceptions about “misconceptions”: Preservice secondary science teachers’ views on the value and role of student ideas. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Indianapolis, IN.

Larkin, D. B. (2011). Changes in student teacher conceptions about the pedagogical implications of student diversity during secondary science teacher education programs. Paper presented at the Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Orlando, FL.

Larkin, D. B. (2010). Changes in student teacher conceptions about the pedagogical implications of student diversity during one year in a secondary science teacher education program. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association., Denver, CO.

Larkin, D. B. (2010). More workbench than showcase: Evidence of preservice teacher learning as a result of the portfolio construction process. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association., Denver, CO.

Larkin, D. B. (2009). The use of the conceptual change model to analyze teacher learning for culturally diverse classrooms. Paper presented at the Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.

Larkin, D. B., & Zoellner, B. P. (2009). Using a process of e-portfolio development for preservice teacher learning in science education. Paper presented at the Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.

Book Reviews 

Larkin, D. B. (7 Feb 2014). Review of Teaching and Learning from Within: A Core Reflection Approach to Quality and Inspiration in Education by Fred A. J. Korthagen, Younghee M. Kim, & William L. Greene (eds.)Teachers College Record. Retrieved online at http://www.tcrecord.org/content.asp?contentid=17410

Larkin, D. B. (26 April 2012). Review of Teacher Learning that Matters: International Perspectives by Mary Kooy & Klaas van Veen. Teachers College Record. Retrieved online at http://www.tcrecord.org/content.asp?contentid=16764  

Other Publications 

Larkin, D. B. and Oluwole, J. (2014). The Opportunity Costs of Teacher Evaluation: A Labor and Equity Analysis of the Impact of the TEACHNJ Legislation on Administrators’ Time. Policy Brief for New Jersey Educational Policy Forum. Online at: http://njedpolicy.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/the-opportunity-costs-of-teacher-evaluation-a-labor-and-equity-analysis-of-the-teachnj-legislation/

Larkin, D. B. (2013). Mentoring Student Teachers in High School Science Classrooms. Phi Delta Kappan. 94 (7), 38-43

Larkin, D. B. (2011). Before today I was afraid of trees: Rethinking nature deficit disorder in diverse classrooms. Rethinking Schools, 26 (1), 38-43

Scholarship in Progress

Larkin, D. B. and Oluwole, J. (under review). The Opportunity Costs of Teacher Evaluation: A Labor and Equity Analysis of the Impact of the TEACHNJ Legislation on Administrators’ Time. West Education Law Reporter

Larkin, D. B. (under review). More workbench than showcase: Evidence of preservice teacher learning as a result of the portfolio construction process. Teacher Education Quarterly.

Larkin, D. B. (under review). Putting Physics First: Four Case Studies of High School Science Department and Course Sequence Reorganization. Journal of Research in Science Teaching

Larkin, D. B. and Perry-Ryder, G. (under revision). Reasoning about race and pedagogy in three preservice second-career science teachers. Cognition and Instruction.

Presentations

Invited conferences and scholarly presentations

Larkin, D.B, Johnston, D., Hnatczuk, O., Mooney, E., and Monteiro, A.K. (2014) Core Practices of High-Quality Cooperating Teachers and Mentors in Science Classrooms. Panel discussion at the New Jersey Science Convention. Princeton, NJ (15 October 2013)

"Does That Only Work on White People's Hair?": Learning to Teach Science for Equity and Understanding. Invited talk to Rugters Graduate School of Education, New Brunswick, NJ. Online at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JOgEiOixHk (2 October 2013)

Book talk, Physics Department, The College of New Jersey. (28 March 2013)

Book talk, Science Teacher Education group, University of Washington-Seattle. (28 March 2013)

Participated in the Summer Symposium of the National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER) for the Agenda for Education in a Democracy in Seattle, Washington, (July 22-25, 2013)


 

Service

University and External Service

  UNIVERSITY-BASED SERVICE

Committee Service

 
2014-2015

Graduate Council

Spring 2014

Common Core/PARCC Team (ad hoc committee Spring 2014)

2013-2014

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows Program Advisory Board

2013-2014

University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

2011-present University Distinguished Teacher Committee – AFT representative
2013-present Local Selected Procedures Negotiation team– AFT representative
2011-2012

Doctoral Diversity Committee

2010-2012

CEHS Doctoral Council Committee

University Service Year 4 (2013-2014)

 
2013-2014

Served on the committee to develop a Masters degree program at MSU for STEM teachers from the Dominican Republic. Traveled in April 2014 to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic with Provost Gingerich and Dr. Sumi Hagiwara to present at the STEMworld conference.

June 2014

Attended Graduate Council retreat as newly elected CEHS representative of the Graduate Council as (June 2014).

April 2014

Attended NJ statewide conference on the PARCC testing at Rider University with MSU delegation as the representative from SASE

2013-2014

Reviewed applications and conducted interviews (undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs) on 6 separate occasions.

Fall 2013-Spring 2014

Coordinated the Middle States Assessment System for the Teacher Education and Teacher Development (TETD) doctoral program. I also provided information and documentation to Douglas Clay, an external consultant hired by MSU for a Data Coordination project (Fall 2013-Spring 2014)

April 2014

Organized and facilitated a symposium for the 4th Annual Peace Corps Day at MSU.

November 2013 & April 2014

Graded MAT comprehensive exams for the Department of Secondary and Special Education.

June 2013-June 2014

Piloted the use of Electronic Portfolios as an exit requirement for the Secondary NMUTR program; trained one doctoral student on portfolio evaluation and evaluated all Secondary NMUTR program portfolios.

June 2013-June 2014

 

Piloted the use of Electronic Portfolios as an exit requirement for the Secondary NMUTR program; trained one doctoral student on portfolio evaluation and evaluated all Secondary NMUTR program portfolios.

October 2014

Organized and participated in a three-day retreat to the New Jersey School of Conservation with elementary and secondary residents, mentors, MSU staff, the director of the MSU Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship and Newark Public School Staff for the Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency (NMUTR) program

March 2014

Participated in NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) faculty focus group

June 2014

Presented two sessions on Modeling and Argumentation in Mathematics and Science at the MSUNER annual conference.

Sept. 2013, Feb 2014

Presented at the fall and spring NMUTR Mentor meetings.

Dec. 2013

Presented at the Center of Pedagogy Community College Transfer meeting.

University Service Year 3 (2012-2013)

 
2012-2013

Reviewed applications and conducted interviews (undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs) on 11 separate occasions.

Fall 2012-Spring 2013

Coordinated the Middle States Assessment System for the Teacher Education and Teacher Development (TETD) doctoral program. The plan was approved by the Provost’s office May 2013.

May 22-25, 2013

Participated in a conference convened by Ken Zeichner on Urban Teacher Residencies in Seattle, Washington, with other members of the Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency (NMUTR) program.

May 2013

Participated in the visit to MSU by the delegation from Burapha University in Thailand.

April 2013

Organized and facilitated a symposium for Peace Corps Day at MSU.

February 2013

Attended the statewide NJ Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship program meeting at The College of New Jersey.

January 2013

Attended job talks by both candidates (Talida State and Susan Baglieri) for the open position in the Department of Secondary and Special Education.

January 2013

Planned and conducted a workshop through the NNER at MSU in the ADP center on the Next Generation Science Standards attended by 25+ science teachers and supervisors from the northern NJ area in conjunction with MSU professor Sumi Hagiwara.

December 2012

Organized a workshop on school gardening programs for the MSUNER with speaker Beth, Feehan, director of the NJ Farm-to-School Network. Attended by ~20 teachers and administrators.

December 2012

Planned and conducted a workshop with Monica Taylor and Emily Klein for the Teaching for Learning faculty and adjuncts on using the pedagogical tools developed by the Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency.

November 2012

Coordinated the visit of NJ State Senator Theresa Ruiz to Montclair State to speak on teacher evaluation policy for TETD doctoral students.

November 2012 & April 2013

Graded MAT comprehensive exams for the Department of Curriculum and Teaching.

September 2012

Organized and participated in a two-day retreat to the New Jersey School of Conservation with elementary and secondary residents, mentors, MSU staff and Newark Public School Staff for the Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency (NMUTR) program.

Sept. 2012

Facilitated meeting between Kathryn Strom and Principal Edwin Reyes and Stephen Skettini of Technology High School in Newark, NJ to discuss the operations of the Public Purposes of Education course in the fall, which Ms. Strom was teaching.

University Service Year 2 (2011-2012)

 
2011-2012

Reviewed applications and conducted interviews (undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs) on 12 separate occasions.

August 2012

Conducted a portfolio workshop in with NMUTR cohort 3 members at the Newark Museum.

July 2012

Participated in the visit to NMUTR by the NEA Task Force on Teacher Residencies.

June 2012

Organized and participated in a two-day retreat to the New Jersey School of Conservation with elementary and secondary residents, mentors, MSU staff and Newark Public School Staff for the Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency (NMUTR) program June 2012

Spring 2012

Met with Rob Cuellari (NMUTR resident graduate) for planning as an unofficial content mentor

April 2012

Participated in the visit by the Foundation for Newark’s Future and Prudential Scholars to the Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency (NMUTR) program at East Side HS in Newark

April 2012

Participated in the NJ Higher Education Showcase at the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.

April 2012

Participated in the visit to MSU by Tom Bellamy, University of Washington, to the Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency (NMUTR) program.

Jan. 2012

Helped organize and facilitate the secondary cohort presentation at the Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency (NMUTR) program showcase at the Marion Bolden Center in Newark, NJ.

December 2011 

Conducted professional development workshop for the science and math departments at Arts HS in Newark, NJ.

November 2011

Met with Carlo Paravanno and Margo Bartiromo from the Merck Institute for Science Education to discuss potential collaboration with the Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency (NMUTR) program.

Sept. 2011

Participated in the visit to MSU Teachers for a New Era visit to the Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency (NMUTR) program at East Side HS in Newark.


Fall 2011-Spring 2012

Prepared a draft of the Middle States Assessment System for the Teacher Education and Teacher Development (TETD) doctoral program for review by the TETD faculty group.

October 2011

Compiled and edited the “Frequently Asked Questions” section for the Teacher Education and Teacher Development website.

August 2011

Assisted with doctoral student training on teacher evaluation and research with the Danielson Framework for Teaching.

May 2012

Planned and conducted a workshop through the NNER at MSU in the ADP center on the Next Generation Science Standards attended by 20+ science teachers and supervisors from the northern NJ area in conjunction with professor Sumi Hagiwara.

April 2012

Chaired a session at the MSU Student Research Symposium.

April 2012

Organized and Facilitated a symposium for Peace Corps Day at MSU in University Hall.

Sept. 2011

Facilitated meeting between Dr. Fernando Naiditch and Principal Mona Dana and Stephen Skettini of Technology High School in Newark, NJ to discuss the operations of the Public Purposes of Education course in the fall, which Dr. Naiditch was teaching.

March 2012

Met with first-time MSU adjunct Nancy Gartenberg to give feedback on her syllabus for an off-campus Educational Leadership class.

November 2011 & April 2012

Graded MAT comprehensive exams for the Department of Curriculum and Teaching. 

University Service Year 1 (2010-2011)

 

2010-2011

Reviewed applications and conducted interviews (undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs) on 5 separate occasions.

Spring 2011

Unofficial content mentor to residents in the Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency program (NMUTR) at Eastside High School. Reviewed lesson plans, directed students towards resources, and occasionally observed lessons to give feedback on teaching.

May 2011

Participated in Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation meeting at Eastside High School with Arthur Levine and Acting NJ Education Commissioner Chris Cerf.

March 2011

Organized 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Peace Corps Celebration at Montclair State University.

March 2011

Assisted student organization SDS with a speaker event.

Dec. 2010

Facilitated meeting between MAT student Shari Fidelman and
Principal Rizern Martinez of Lincoln Elementary School in Kearney
NJ to discuss potential of a “Family Language Night” project.

Dec. 2010

Conducted interviews with candidates for the Curriculum and
Teaching MAT program.

October 2010

Facilitated meeting between MAT student Shari Fidelman and Principal Rizern Martinez of Lincoln Elementary School in Kearney NJ to discuss potential of a “Family Language Night” project. (December 2010)

October 2010

Developed course proposal for TETD 807, “Studying Teacher Quality” for the Teacher Education and Teacher Development doctoral program. (October 2010)

 

Graded MAT comprehensive exams for the Department of Curriculum and Teaching. (November 2010 & April 2011)

University Service (2007-2010)

 

(Fall/Spring 2010)

Science Education Faculty Search Committee, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

(Jan. 2008– May 2010)

Science Education Team Member, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin System.

 May 2007-Sept.2009

Teaching Assistants’ Association. Curriculum and Instruction Department Steward. University of Wisconsin-Madison.

EXTERNAL

 
Jul 2013 - Apr 2013

Organized Structured poster session at American Educational Research Association Annual conference with six U.S. teacher residency programs.

Dec. 2013 - present

Reviewer, Journal of Teacher Education

Fall 2013 -2014

External Advisory Committee, Technology High School, Newark, NJ

April 2014 - present

NARST Outstanding Paper Award Committee, National Association of Research in Science Teaching

March - May 2013

State of NJ Department of Education, Next Generation Science Standards Adoption Committee member

April 2011 - 2014

Editorial Board member, Journal of Research in Science Teaching

March 2011 – 2014

Journal of Research in Science Teaching Award Committee, National Association of Research in Science Teaching

October 2010 -
2011

External Consultant, Science Curriculum reform project, Trenton School
District, Trenton, NJ

September 2008  – present

Reviewer, Journal of Research in Science Teaching

April 2008 –
present

Reviewer, Science Education

April 2008 – present

Reviewer, conference proposals for the National Association of Research in Science Teaching.

September 2007  – present

Reviewer, conference proposals for the American Education Research Association.

 

 

Professional Association Memberships

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST)
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
  • New Jersey Science Teachers Association (NJSTA)
  • School Science and Mathmatics Association (SSMA)

 

Awards

Awards and Recognition

Awards

 

Jan. 2014

Selection of Deep Knowledge: Learning to Teach Science for Understanding and Equity for the U.K. Times Higher Education Suggested Reading List for 2013.

Sept. 2009

Morgridge Dissertation Fellowship, $18,567. Award to support the writing of the dissertation.

May 2009

Dissertator Travel Fund Award, $250. Award to support conference travel.

Dec. 2008

Vilas Travel Grant, $600. Award to support conference presentation of dissertation research.

April 2008

Mauth Fellowship. $1200. Award to support dissertation data collection.

June 2005

Distinguished Member of the Year Award, Trenton Education
Association

May 2005

Trenton Educator of the Year, Free Masons Lodge 50, Trenton NJ

Grants

 

August 2013

Co-principal investigator, Montclair State University Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, National Science Foundation, 2013-2018. $1,447,272.

June 2013

Summer grant proposal development funding. Montclair State University. $3000. Small grant proposal to Spencer Foundation made in June 2014.

 

Projects

Program of Specialty

  • Teacher Certification (MAT program)
  • Teacher Education and Teacher Development (Ed.D program)

Scholarly Interests and Specialties

  • Teacher Education
  • Teacher Learning
  • Science Education
  • Multicultural Education

Science Teacher Education: Examining how knowledge for teaching develops in science teachers.  Multicultural Science Education: Finding connections between subject matter and student diversity.  Teacher Quality: Exploring the rapidly growing field of teacher quality indicators with a critical perspective.  Teacher Education Programs: Understanding the features of high-quality teacher education for multiple contexts.