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Daniel Shepardson

Professor
Geoenvironmental & Science Education
Departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science

Research

My research investigates students' conceptions of and ways of reasoning about geoenvironmental phenomena; the role social interaction plays in students' meaning making and reasoning. This research looks at students' conceptual frameworks and how they are challenged and restructured by encounters with phenomena and data derived from science investigations. It incorporates students' self-produced science journals as a meaning making tool.  Currently my research program is investigating students’ understandings of a climate system and its implications to global warming and climate change.  Our collaborative climate education projects have resulted in the development of a number of instructional activities and materials that may be accessed at http://iclimate.org/ccc.



Education

Ph.D. University of Iowa, 1990, Science Education
M.S.Ed.    Utah State University, 1984, Secondary Education
B.S. Utah State University, 1980, Wildlife Science


Publications

  • Shepardson, D.P., Roychoudhury, A., Hirsch, A., Niyogi, D. (in press).  Conceptualizing Climate Change in the Context of a Climate System: Implications for Climate and Environmental Education.  Environmental Education Research.
  • Shepardson, D.P.*, Choi, S.*, Niyogi, D.*, & Charusombat, U. (2011). Seventh grade students' mental models of the greenhouse effect. Environmental Education Research, 17(1), 1-17.
  • Shepardson, D.P., Niyogi, D., Choi, S., & Charusombat, U. (2011). Seventh Grade Students' Conceptions of Global Warming and Climate Change. Climatic Change, 104(3/4), 481-507.
  • Choi, S., Niyogi, D., Shepardson, D.P., & Charusombat, U. (2010). Do Earth and environmental science textbooks promote middle and high school students’ conceptual development about climate change?: Textbooks’ consideration of students’ conceptions.  Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, July, 889-898.
  • Shepardson, D.P.*, Niyogi, D.*, Choi, S.*, & Charusombat, U. (2009). Seventh grade students' conceptions of global warming and climate change. Environmental Education Research, 15(5), 549-570.
  • Shepardson, D.P., Wee, B., Priddy, M., Schellenberger, L., & Harbor, J. (2008). Water transformation and storage in the mountains and at the coast: Midwest students' disconnected conceptions of the hydrologic cycle. International Journal of Science Education, 31(11), 1447-1471.
  • Shepardson, D.P., Wee, B., Priddy, M., & Harbor, J. (2007). What is a watershed? Implications of student conceptions for environmental science education and the national science education standards. Science Education, 91(4), 554-578.
  • Shepardson, D.P. Wee, B., Priddy, M., & Harbor, J. (2007). Students' mental models of the environment. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 44(2), 327-348.
  • Shepardson, D.P. & Britsch, S.J. (2006). Zones of interactions: Differential access to elementary science discourse. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 43(5), 443-466.
  • Shepardson, D.P. (2005). Student ideas: What is an environment. The Journal of Environmental Education, 36(4), 49-58.
  • Shepardson, D.P., Harbor, J., & Wee, B. (2005). Water towers, pump houses, and mountain streams: students' ideas about watersheds. Journal of Geoscience Education, 53(4), 381-386.
  • Shepardson, D.P. (2002). Bugs, butterflies, and spiders: Children's understandings about insects. International Journal of Science Education, 24(6), 627-643.

Experience

2002-Present            Professor of Geoenvironmental and Science Education
College of Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
2003-Present Joint Appointment in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
1999-2003 Courtesy Appointment in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
1995-2002 Associate Professor of Science Education
College of Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
1990-1995 Assistant Professor of Science Education
College of Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN


Courses

EDCI 50600      Environmental Education
EDCI 51700 Survey of Science Education
EDCI 62200 Seminar of Science Education
EAS 31200 Capstone Environmental Science for Elementary Education
EDCI 51600 Seminar in Environmental Education
EDCI 61900 Science Learners