I currently hold a joint appointment in Geography & Environmental Sciences with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Curriculum & Pedagogy with the School of Education & Human Development. My background is multidisciplinary in nature, with ties to environmental education, multicultural science education and environmental science. My research focuses on children's sense of place, that is, understanding and validating their views of the environment in different educational and socio-cultural settings using drawings, photo-voice and interviews. My goal is to improve environmental literacy through inclusive curriculum and instruction in science.
My current projects include exploratory research on the new Denver Green School in the context of sustainability and environmental education, working with school gardens and urban farms to improve science learning for children, and developing a research methodology for visual arts in the sciences.
My students at University of Colorado Denver:
I enjoy learning about my students' experiences and helping them make personal connections to the course curriculum. In my classes, I try to emphasize the importance of critical thought and I hope it makes students aware of the complexity of environmental issues.
Classes I teach at the University of Colorado Denver School of Education & Human Development:
- Multicultural Science Education - ELED/ENVS/SECE 5340
- Nature of Science - ELED/SECE 5500
- Environmental Education - SECE 5650
My research interests:
- Multicultural science education
- Environmental education
- Visual methodologies
- Children's geographies
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