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 upon work that I initiated as a graduate student, and follows five thematic strands in increasingly broader contexts: 

1. Teacher learning as conceptual change. 
2. Science teaching and student diversity 
3. High school science departments as sites for science education reform. 
4. Multimedia representations of teacher practice for professional learning. 
5. Performance-based teacher assessment. 

 

Degrees

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

 

Career Appointments

 No information available


 

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. 

Read Dr. Larkin's Resume/CV



Scholarhip, Publications and Related Activities

Refereed Publications
Larkin, D. B. (in press). Using the conceptual change model of learning as an analytic tool in researching teacher preparation for student diversity. Teachers College Record.

Larkin, D. B. (in press). 'Before today I was afraid of trees:’ Rethinking nature deficit disorder in diverse classrooms. Rethinking Schools.

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.

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) Proceedings
Larkin, D. B. (2011). The role of personal, professional, and policy goals in developing
reflective practice: Leveraging professional development plans in teacher education. Paper presented at the Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

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.

Scholarship in Progress
Larkin, D. B. (under review). Learning to teach secondary school science in diverse classrooms. Journal of Research in Science Teaching.

Larkin, D. B. (under review). Misconceptions about misconceptions: Preservice teacher perceptions on the role and value of student ideas in secondary science teaching. Science Education.

Larkin, D. B. (under review). Welcome back Jethro: Changes in the conceptual ecology of a prospective high school physics teacher. American Educational Research Journal.

Larkin, D. B.,  & Zoellner B. P. (in press) Using a process of e-portfolio development for preservice teacher learning in science education. In K. Zeichner & S. Head (Eds.), Using E-Portfolios to Support Teacher Learning and Teacher Education Program Renewal. 

 

Presentations

Workshops and Presentations

Larkin, D. B. (2011, March-Jun). Conducted three science education workshops for Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency (NMUTR) program and continued with follow-up mentoring via email.

Larkin, D. B. (2011, March). Peace Corps Day presentation, Howell Farm, Hopewell, NJ. Larkin, D. B. (2011, February). Facilitated an Environmental Science Workshop with all 9th grade teachers at Trenton Central High School in Trenton, NJ for the purpose of coordinating their curriculum with the NJ state science standards.

Larkin, D. B. (2010, March). Peace Corps Day. Deforest Area H.S., Deforest, WI. Larkin, D. B. (2008, November). Using formative assessment processes to evaluate portfolios for certification. University of Wisconsin System Teacher Quality Initiative: Quality Matters Conference. Wisconsin Dells, WI.

Larkin, D. B. (2008, October). Integration of professional development plan elements in the program and the portfolio in science education. Coordinating Council for Teacher Education. University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Larkin, D. B. (2008, July). Multicultural concepts in economics and education in Kenya and Papua New Guinea. College Access Program Academic Skills Development Workshop. University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Larkin, D. B. (2008, April). Preparing for productive post-conferences with student teachers. Education Policy and Leadership Analysis 703, Administration of Teaching and Learning Organizations. University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Larkin, D. B. (2007, October). Student Diversity and Science Teaching. Center for Biology Education. University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

Service

University and External Service

 

UNIVERSITY-BASED


June 2011

Conducted interviews with candidates for the Newark-Montclair
Urban Teacher Residency program.

May 2011

Participated in Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation meeting at Eastside High School w/ Arthur Levine and Acting NJ Education Commissioner Cerf

May 2011

Attended Public Purposes of Education luncheon with NNER
schools at the Center of Pedagogy

April 2011

Began advising doctoral student David Johnson

April 2011

AFT observer, University Distinguished Teacher committee meeting

March 2011

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

March 2011

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

March 2011

Conducted interviews with candidates for the Teacher Education and
Teacher Development doctoral program.

March 2011

Assisted student organization SDS with speaker event.

Feb. 2011

Conducted interviews for undergraduate admission into the MSU teacher education (earth science, chemistry, and biology certifications) at the Center of Pedagogy.

Spring 2011

Member, CEHS Doctoral Council.

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.

Jan. 2011

Met with faculty at Technology High School in Newark to plan
CURR 210 course for the spring.

Jan. 2011

Met with faculty at McKinley Elementary School in Newark to plan
CURR 210 course for the spring.

Jan. 2011

Attended job talk by C&T faculty position candidate Danielle Parisi.

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

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

October 2010

Conducted interviews for undergraduate admission into the MSU teacher education (physical education certification) at the Center of Pedagogy.

Spring 2010 (also 2008, 2007)

Project Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison Reviewed Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence proposals.

Fall/Spring 2010

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

January 2008– May 2010

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

January 2008– May 2010

Organizer, Science Education Dissertation discussion group. University of Wisconsin-Madison.

May 2007–present

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

EXTERNAL

 

April 2011-2014

Editorial Board member, Journal of Research in Science Teaching

May 2011

Reviewer for Prospects, UNESCO’s Quarterly Review of 
Comparative Education

October 2010—
present

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

March 2011–2012

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

September 2008–present

Reviewer, Journal of Research in Science Teaching

April 2008–
present

Reviewer, Science Education

 

Professional Association Memberships

  • American Educational Research Association
  • National Association for Research in Science Teaching
  • National Association of Multicultural Educators

Reviewer for the following professional journals

  • Science Education
  • Journal of Research in Science Teaching

Other Types of Reviews

  • American Educational Research Association, Conference Papers
  • National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Conference Papers

 

Awards

Awards and Recognition

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

 

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.