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Professor Carrie Tzou

Carrie Tzou is an Assistant Professor in science education at UW Bothell. She holds a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University and an M.S. in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in science education from Vanderbilt University. Her background includes experience as a bench scientist and as a middle school science and health teacher.

Her research has three major components, all connected with an interest in addressing issues of equity and social justice in science and environmental science education:
1) ethnographic work to understand how youth and their communities are positioned through place-based education,
2) design-based research to design curricula to bring youths’ out of school science and cultural practices into science and environmental science teaching, and
3) research and design of elementary and secondary preservice teacher education that explores how to orient preservice teachers to the sophisticated learning and identities that their students construct both in and out of school in order to make science more accessible to all of their students.

Tzou is currently co-principal investigator for the NSF-funded Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence-Ocean Learning Communities (COSEE-OLC). In addition, she recently received funding from UW Bothell's Teaching and Scholarship Enhancement Project to develop science backpack kits to enable students to engage in science learning with their families at home. Tzou’s most recent publication appeared in Equity and Excellence in Education (Tzou, Scalone, & Bell, 2010) and was entitled The Role of Environmental Narratives and Social Positioning in how Place Gets Constructed for and by Youth.

My Speakers Sessions

Tuesday, February 14
 

12:00pm