Joanne Olson
Professor of Science Education, Teaching, Learning, and Culture
Office#: 443 Harrington Office Building
Mail Stop: 4232
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Directory Title: Professor of Science Education
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Office Hours
Monday     12-2 pm
Wednesday     1-3 pm
Short Bio
Dr. Joanne Olson is a professor in science education and the former president of the Association for Science Teacher Education. Her research efforts focus on: 1) science teacher preparation; 2) the inclusion of engineering in elementary science standards and how "STEM" is addressed by teachers and teacher education programs; 3) the nature of science and nature of engineering and their role in improving STEM education; 4) philosophical underpinnings of teacher education and their role in curriculum design and pedagogical practices. Dr. Olson is a recipient of several awards for her teaching and research, including the Outstanding Science Teacher Educator of the Year award from the Association for Science Teacher Education, and the Outstanding Paper Award from NARST, a worldwide organization for improving science teaching and learning through research. She was the PI of a $4.5M NSF-funded project to study triad teaching structures using engineering graduate students in elementary classrooms with student teachers, and remains active as a Co-PI on this project at TAMU. She is a former elementary and middle school science teacher from the Los Angeles area.
Research Interests
Science and Engineering Integration in K-5
Science Education
Science Teacher Preparation
The Nature of Science in Science Education
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Herman, B. C., Clough, M. P., & Olson, J. K. (2017). Pedagogical reflections by secondary science teachers at different NOS implementation levels. Research in Science Education, 47(1), 161-184. DOI 10.1007/s11165-015-9494-6

2. Olson, J. K. (2017). Teacher preparation for science education. In K. Taber and B. Akpan (Eds.). Science Education: An International Course Companion (pp. 523-537). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

3. Herman, B. C., Olson, J. K., & Clough, M. P. (2017). The role of informal support networks in teaching the nature of science. Research in Science Education. DOI 10.1007/s11165-016-9610-2

4. Olson, J. K. (2016). Afterword. In G. Buck and V. Akerson (Eds.). Enhancing professional knowledge of pre-service science teacher education by self-study research (pp. 457-462). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

5. Zeidler, D. L, Herman, B. C., Clough, M. P., Olson, J. K., Herman, B. C., Kahn, S., & Newton, M. (2016). Humanitas Emptor: Reconsidering Recent Trends and Policy in Science Teacher Education. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 27(5), 465-476

6. Olson, J. K., Bruxvoort, C. N., & Vande Haar, A. J. (2016). The impact of video case content on preservice elementary teachers’ decision-making and conceptions of effective science teaching. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 53(7), 1500-1523. DOI: 10.1002/tea.21335

* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts (Current)

TEC-STEM Partnerships: Teachers & Engineers Collobrate for STEM in K-5. (PI)
Iowa State University - NSF (Federal)
2017/07/01 - 2019/09/30
Total Funding: 66,895.
Courses Taught
2018 - 2019
EDCI 671
Awards

(2017). Innovation in Teaching Science Teachers award.  Association for Science Teacher Education

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