Douglas B Larkin

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Assistant Professor, Secondary and Special Education

University Hall 2167
973 655-3124
973 655-7084
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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.


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 three different programs that are designed to offer high-quality science & math teacher preparation for urban schools: The Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency Program, 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 New Jersey.


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