Teaching and Research Interests

I have a dual appointment in the Department of Teaching, Learning & Leadership and the Mallinson Institute of Science Education. My primary undergraduate teaching assignment is secondary science methods. At the graduate level I teach a variety of courses for science teacher professional development and growth. My research interests focus on the needs of individuals marginalized from the science education community, with a special focus on individuals with learning disabilities, and science in informal settings. Related to this interest I have explored, written about, and published on the use of toys to teach science concepts.


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Anderson, C. W., & Fetters, M. K. (1996). Science education trends and special education. In M. C. Pugach & C. L. Warger (Eds.), Curriculum trends, special education, and reform: Refocusing the conversation (pp. 53-67). New York: Teachers College Press.

Fetters, M. (2000). Papermaking as a science activity. Science Activities(Fall 2000).

Fetters, M. K., Czerniak, C. M., Fish, L., & Shawberry, J. (2002). Confronting, challenging, and changing teachers' beliefs: Implications from a local systemic change professional development program. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 12(2), 101-130.

Fetters, M. K., Pyle, E., Pickard, D., & Stefanich, G. (2002). Making science accessible and inclusive: Strategies for methods courses, teach professional development and K-12 classrooms. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Education of Teachers of Science, Charlotte, NC. Soon to be available via ERIC

Fetters, M. K., & Templin, M. (2001). Building Block Transcription. The Science Teacher, 68(9), 56-58.

Fetters, M. K., & Templin, M. (2002). Building traits. The Science Teacher, 69(4), 56-60.

Fetters, M. K., & Vellom, R. P. (2001). Linking schools and universities in partnership for science teacher preparation. In D. Lavoie & W. M. Roth (Eds.), Models of science teacher preparation (Vol. 13, pp. 67-88). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Pickett, M., Oliver, S., Friedman, E., Fetters, M., & Cooks, H. (2000). Hands-on engineering experiments for secondary school minority students. Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering.

Templin, M., & Fetters, M. K. (2002). A working model of protein synthesis using LegoTM building blocks. The American Biology Teacher, 64(9), 673-678.

Templin, M. A., & Fetters, M. K. (2002). Meselson-Stahl experimental simulation using Lego (TM) Building Blocks. The American Biology Teacher, 64(7).