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Anita Roychoudhury

Science Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Department of Physics and Astronomy (Courtesy)


Research interest: Dr. Roychoudhury’s research focuses on teaching and learning of physics and physical science at secondary school and college levels.  In particular, she has studied how students interpret data, how peer interactions progress, and how teachers guide classroom discourse to assist students in constructing scientific concepts.

Professor Roychoudhury uses mixed-methods approaches in her studies.  Her current research explores secondary student understanding of the physics of global warming and climate change.  To address the complexity of climate system and its emergent nature she has further expanded her research to studying system thinking and modeling in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education.

Current research project: A multi-year project (2008 onwards) is exploring middle school student understanding of physics and climate science concepts and their connections with regard to global warming and climate change issues. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation and involves schools in Lafayette and nearby rural counties. Teachers are engaged in trying out and modifying curricular materials developed by project researchers during summer and academic year sessions. Student conceptual understanding and motivation about learning science are being explored via written diagnostic tool, interviews, videotapes of classroom instruction, and other artifacts.


Appointments on National/International Organizations

  • Fellow of the American Association of Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Editorial Review Board
    Journal of Elementary Science Education
  • Chair of the Early Career Research Award Committee
    National Association of Research in Science Teaching
  • Associate Editor
    Journal of Science Teacher Education
  • Review Board
    Science Education


Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
M. Ed. Secondary Education, Miami University, Oxford, OH
B. Ed. Education, Calcutta University, Calcutta, India
B. Sc Physics (major), Chemistry and Mathematics (minor), Calcutta University, Calcutta, India

Selected Publications

  • Roychoudhury, A., Shepardson, D. P., Hirsch, A. S., Niyogi, D., Mehta, J., Top, S. (Fall, 2016). The need to introduce system thinking in teaching climate change. Science Educator, 25, (2).
  • Roychoudhury, A., & Rice D. (2013). Preservice secondary science teachers’ teaching and reflections during a teacher education program. International Journal of Science Education, 35(13), 2198-2225.
  • Roychoudhury, A. (2012). Connecting science to everyday experiences in preschool settings. Cultural Studies of Science Education. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s11422‑012‑9446‑7.
  • Shepardson, D. P., Niyogi, D., Roychoudhury, A., & Hirsch, A. (2012). Conceptualizing climate change in the context of a climate system: Implications for climate and environmental education. Environmental Education Research, 18(3), 323‑352. 21.
  • Roychoudhury, A., & Rice, D. (2010). Discourse of making sense of data: Implications for elementary teachers’ science education. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 21(2), 181‑203.
  • Acar, O., Turkmen, L., & Roychoudhury, A. (2010). Student difficulties in socio‑scientific argumentation and decision making research findings: Crossing the borders of two research lines. International Journal of Science Education, 32(9), 1191‑1206.
  • Roychoudhury, A. (2007). Elementary students’ reasoning: Crests and troughs of learning. Journal of Elementary Science Education, 19(2), 25‑44.


2007 - Present Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, Purdue University
2001 - 2007 Associate Professor, School of Teaching and Learning, Ohio State University
1996 - 2000 Associate Professor, Teacher Education Department, Miami University
1997 - 1999 Faculty Associate, Center for Human Development, Learning, and Teaching, Educational Psychology Department, Miami University
1990 - 1995 Assistant Professor, Teacher Education Deppatment, Miami University
1986 - 1990 Associate Instructor, Science Education, Indiana University
1984 - 1985 Teaching Assistant, Physics, Miami University


EDCI 365 Science in Elementary Schools (Coordinator)