Faculty - Molly Schauffler
Assistant Research Professor of Earth Sciences, Climate Change Institute, member of the Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center), University of Maine Hutchinson Center Science Program Coordinator
Office: 316 Bryand Global Science Bldg.
- BS Botany, University of Massachusetts (Amherst)
- 1993 MS Botany, University of Maine
- 1998 Ph.D. Plant Science, University of Maine
science education, environmental monitoring, data literacy, community-based science, paleoecology
Currently I conduct education research in overlapping areas of environmental science and data literacy aspects of mathematics education. I am particularly interested in understanding how middle and high school students (and teachers) work with data (the math part) to understand how environments are changing. What do students do when given a tabular data set? How do they think about variability? How do they decide how to summarize a data set, or which measure of center to use? How do students interpret time series data, or a scatterplot showing correlation? How can teachers incorporate real data into science teaching so that students are motivated to investigate and understand the changes that are taking place around them?