Felicia Moore Mensah
M.S. Biology & Secondary Education, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University (1992)
Ph.D. Science Education, Florida State University (2003)
Dissertation: Professional Development and Poststructural Analysis: Stories of African American Science Teachers.
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Curriculum Materials in Science, Michigan State University (2003 - 2005)
Johnston, A., Butler, M. B., Mensah, F.M., & Williams, B. (2011). Playing with science: Models for engaging communities. Special issue on Designing Environments to Promote Play-based Science Learning. Children, Youth and Environments , 21(2), 312-324.
Mensah, F.M. (2011). The DESTIN: Preservice teachers' drawings of the ideal elementary science teacher. School Science and Mathematics, 111(8), 379-388.
Mensah, F.M. (2011). A case for culturally relevant teaching in science education and lessons learned for teacher education. The Journal of Negro Education, 80(3), 296-309. Special Issue, Teacher Education and the Black Community: Preparing Teachers to Teach Black Students, Preparing Black Students to Become Teachers
Mensah, F.M. (2011). The hardest questions aren't on the test: Lessons from an innovative urban school. Book Review. Science Education, 95(4),768-770.
Brotman, J.S., Dawson, V., & Mensah, F.M. (2011). Metalogue: Critical issues for teaching with socio-scientific issues. In T. D. Sadler (Ed.), Socio-scientific issues in the classroom: Teaching, learning and research (pp. 347-353). The Netherlands: Springer.
Yu, Yuqing, & Mensah, F.M. (2011). The multiple response model for the "views on science-technology-society" (VOSTS) instrument: An empirical application in the context of the electronic-waste issue. In I.M. Saleh & M. S. Khine (Eds.), Attitude research in science: Classic and contemporary measurements(pp. 137-176). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Brotman, J.S., Mensah, F.M., & Lesko, N. (2011). Urban high school students' learning about HIV/AIDS in different contexts. Science Education, 95(1), 87-120.
Mensah, F.M. (2010). Toward the mark of empowering policies in elementary school science programs and teacher professional development. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 5(4), 977-983.
Brotman, J.S., Mensah, F.M., & Lesko, N. (2010). Exploring identities to deepen understanding of urban high school students' decision-making about HIV/AIDS. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 47(6), 742-762.
Geelan, D., Mensah, F.M., Rahm, J., & Maulucci, M.R. (2010). Forum: Roles, caring and learning to teach science. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 5(4), 649-663.
Mensah, F.M. (2009). A portrait of black teachers in science classrooms. The Negro Educational Review, 60(1-4), 39-52.
Brotman, J.S. & Moore, F.M. (2008). Girls and science: A review of four themes in the science education literature. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 45(9), 971-1002.
Moore, F.M. (2008). Agency, identity, and social justice: Preservice teachers' thoughts on becoming agents of change in urban elementary science classrooms. Research in Science Education, 38(5), 589-610.
Moore, F.M. (2008).Positional identity and science teacher professional development. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 45(6), 684-710.
Moore, F.M. (2008). The role of the elementary science teacher and linguistic diversity. Journal of Elementary Science Education, 20(3), 49-61.
Moore, F.M. (2008). Preparing preservice teachers for urban elementary science classrooms: Challenging cultural biases toward diverse students. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 19(1), 85-109.
Moore, F.M. (2007). Teachers' coping strategies for teaching science in a "low performing" school district. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 18(5), 773-794.
Moore, F.M. (2007). Language in science education as a gatekeeper to learning, teaching, and professional development. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 18(2), 319-343.
Moore, F. (2006). Multicultural preservice teachers' views of diversity and science teaching. Research and Practice in Social Sciences, 1(2), 98-131.
Gunckel, K. & Moore, F.M. (2005). (April, 2005). Including students and teachers in the co-design of the enacted curriculum. NARST Annual Conference.
Moore, F. M. (2005). The dissertation and graduation: Not just a black and white process-Mountain climbing, middle passage, and learning as a postdoct
Moore, F.M. (2005). Science and reading integration for primary grades, K-2.
Moore, F.M. (2005). Science and mathematics integration for intermediate grades, 3-4.
Moore, F. (2005). Vocabulario espanol para profesores de biologia, Editor. Professional Resources Project.
Moore, F.M. (2003). In the midst of it all: A feminist perspective on science and science teaching. In A.L. Green & L.V. Scott (Eds.), Journey to the Ph.D.: How to navigate the process as African Americans (pp. 104-121).
Moore Mensah, F. (January, 2010). “Making progress and figuring things out”: Engaging elementary preservice teachers in inquiry learning. ASTE Annual International Conference, Denver, CO.Moore
Brotman, J.S., &
Gunning, A., &
Cooke, N. & Moore Mensah, F. (January, 2009). The emergent teacher voice: Identity development of preservice elementary teachers. Paper presented at the ASTE Annual International Conference.
Benedis-Grab, G., &
Moore, F.M. (March, 2008). Using multicultural curricular frameworks in elementary science lesson plans. Paper presented at the NARST Annual International Conference.
Moore, F.M. (2008, Marchl). A pedagogy of multiple theoretical perspectives: Building a foundation to stand on: Using course readings in an elementary science methods course. Paper presented at the NARST Annual International Conference.
Moore, F.M. (March, 2008). Planning and teaching in culturally responsive ways: Elementary preservice teachers’ integration of multicultural themes and goals in science curriculum. Paper presented at the AERA Annual International Conference.
Moore, F.M. (January, 2008). Science in the city photo albums: Connecting science content standards using digital photography. Paper presented at the ASTE Annual International Conference.
Moore, F.M. (July, 2007). Planning and teaching in culturally responsive ways: Elementary preservice teachers’ integration of multicultural themes and goals in science lessons. Paper presented at the CCMS Summer Knowledge Sharing Institute.
Garcia, O., Moore, F., Trubek, J., & Traugh, C. (February, 2007). Privilege and difference in teaching for social justice: The role of the teacher educator. Paper presented at the AACTE Annual Conference.
Catlin, J.N., &
Moore, F.M. (January, 2007). Presentation of dialogue: preservice elementary teachers’ views of their science teacher identity. Paper presented at the ASTE Annual International Conference.
Moore, F.M. (October, 2006). Drawings of the ideal elementary science teacher. Paper presented at the SASTE Annual International Conference.
Moore, F. (September, 2006). Mapping the diversity and social justice landscape. Paper presented at the Science Education at the Crossroads Conference.
Moore, F. (April, 2006). Identity, agency, and preservice teachers’ construction of both in becoming agents of change. Paper presented at the NARST Annual Conference.
Moore, F. (April, 2006). Preservice teachers’ use of book clubs to discuss diversity issues in science teaching and learning. Paper presented at the NARST Annual International Conference.
Moore, F. (September, 2005). Diversity: Is this just too diverse to handle? Paper presented at the Science Education at the Crossroads Conference.
Moore, F.M. (July, 2005). Using the Project 2061 analysis criteria for lesson & unit planning. Paper presented at the CCMS Summer Knowledge Sharing Institute.
Moore, F.M. (April, 2005). The advantages of a postdoct
Moore, F., Sowell, S., & Letts, W. (April, 2005). Poststructuralist possibilities: Using feminist poststructuralist theories for making sense in science education research. Paper presented at the NARST Annual International Conference.
Moore, F.M. (April, 2004). Relations of power in science teaching, learning, and teacher professional development. Paper presented at the NARST Annual International Conference.
Paterna, R.L, & Moore, F.M. (October, 2004). Preservice teachers' familiarity and use of technology in science teaching. SAETS Annual Conference, Gainsville, FL.
Moore, F. (January, 2004). “Teaching is more … than I first imagined": A preservice teacher's experiences in the field. Paper presented at the AETS Annual International Conference.
Moore, F.M. (October, 2002). Ways of knowing in the context of home, school, and teaching: Implications for science teaching. Paper presented at the SAETS Annual International Conference,
Moore, F. (January, 2002). On the other side of the tracks. Paper presented at the AETS Annual International Conference,
Hancock, E., Moore, F., & Sowell, S. (October, 2001). Practicing teacher’s reflections about completing a portfolio for a distance learning graduate program. Paper presented at the SAETS Annual International Conference,
Moore, F.M. (April, 2001). Re-designing curriculum that covers student's personal interests, attitudes, and multiple intelligences. Proceedings of the 41st International World Education Fellowship Conference.
Moore, F.M. (March, 2001). Science lab
2006 Cambridge Who's Who Executive and Professional Registry
2006 Race, Culture and Diversity Teaching Fellowship Grant
2005 Dean's Summer Research Grant
2005 National Association of Research in Science Teaching Equity and Ethics Scholars Award
As a postdoct
My interests are diverse and at the same time connected to my overall research agenda which is situated in urban elementary science education. I focus on improving the teaching and learning of science in urban schools by designing ongoing professional development models with elementary and middle school teachers. Five current projects are:
Preservice elementary science teacher identity; focusing on the construction of a science teacher identity; extending this work to include preservice high science teachers' identity and how identities affect how they teach science to diverse learners.
(Date of Defense-Confirmation of Degree, Dissertation Title)
PhD & EdD Science Education: (Sponsor)
1. Jane Marincic Lewinter (Spring 2013), Factors that support women in being successful in engineering professions: Identity as a lens
2. Katemari da Rosa (Fulbright Student, Brazil) (Fall 2012), Gender, ethnicity, and physics education: Understanding how black women build their identities as scientists
3. Gita Bhirman-Raza (Spring 2012), Using forensic science as a context to enhance scientific literacy
4. Alissa Berg (Spring 2012), De-marginalizing science in the early elementary classroom: Fostering reform-based teacher change through professional development, accountability, and addressing teachers' dilemmas
5. Catherine Quinlan (Spring 2012), Use of the think aloud protocol, schema theory, and applied cognitive psychology to examine adolescents' cognition during problem solving of STS biology issues
6. Natasha Cooke-Nieves (Spring 2011), A collaborative "diagonal" learning network: The role of formal and informal professional development in elementary science reform
7. Megan Roberts (Spring 2010), Lesson study: Professional development and its impact on science teacher self-efficacy
8. Kathie Moskovitz (Spring 2010), One eye on the curriculum, one ear on the kids: Elementary teachers' efforts to incorporate student ideas into inquiry science lessons
9. Yuqing Yu (Spring 2010), Adults' decision-making about the electronic waste issue: The role of the nature of science conceptualizations and moral concerns in socio-scientific decision-making
10. Amanda Gunning (Spring 2010), Exploring the development of science self-efficacy in preservice elementary school teachers participating in a science education methods course
11. Jennie Suzanne Brotman (Spring 2009), Urban high school students' talk about HIV/AIDS decision-making: Learning, identities, and the influence of school
12. Lisa Kozlowski (Spring 2009), Influence of project based science practices in teaching for diversity
13. Aarti Mallya (Spring 2009), Extending science beyond the classroom Door: Learning from students' experiences with the Choice, Control and Change (C3) curriculum
14. Lisa M. Currie (Spring 2009), Uncovering the veil: Science performance assessment practices in a rural Delaware high school
15. Dorothy Patterson-Strange (Spring 2009), A case study of the implementation of a customized multicultural program in an urban high school
16. Meghan Merraro (Fall 2008), Uncovering student conceptions of the ocean: A critical first step to improving ocean literacy
17. Janell Catlin (Spring 2007), An opportunity for success: Understanding motivation and learning from urban youth participation in an after school science program
18. Shannon Halprin-Brunt (Spring 2007), Differentiated instructional practices: A case study of science teachers in a suburban middle school setting
EdD MST Department: (Sponsor)
1. Janice Kelly, Computing (Fall 2006), A comparison of prime-time situation comedy fathers and real fathers on involvement, communication and affection
PhD Science Education: (Committee member, Second Reader)
1. Phillip Steward (Spring 2013, chair), Learning the rules of the game: The nature of game and classroom supports when using a concept-integrated digital physics game in the middle school science classroom
2. Tanzina Taher (Spring 2012), Exploring the impact of the implementation of reality pedagogy: Self-efficacy, social capital, and distributed cognition
3. Roseanna Graham (Spring 2010), The reliability, validity, and usefulness of the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) in dental education
4. Gou-Li Chiou (Spring 2009), Exploring beyond mental models: An interview-based study of students' in-depth understanding of heat conduction from a multi-dimensional cognitive perspective
5. Chiara Brandoni (Spring 2007), Merging divergent thinking with neuropsychology: Implications for research and practice in science education
6. Kathleen St. Louis (Spring 2007), Parental engagement: Beyond parental involvement in science education
7. Miyoum Lin (Spring 2006), Exploring urban children's sense of place
8. Melina Furman (Fall 2006), Becoming urban science education teachers by transforming middle-school classrooms: A study of the urban science education fellows program
9. Edna Tan (Fall 2006), Latina girls' identities-in-practice in 6th grade science
PhD Mathematics Education: (Committee member, Second Reader)
1. Mark Causpin, Mathematics Education (Spring 2012), Mathematics self-efficacy and its relation to proficiency-promoting behavior and performance
EdD Science Education: (Committee member, Second Reader)
1. Robert Douglas Mirchin (Spring 2012), An analysis of high school students' perceptions and academic performance in laboratory experiences
2. Mary Elizabeth T. Murray-Wilson (Spring 2009), Using data to inform curriculum, instruction and professional development in science education
3. Jessica F. Riccio (Spring 2008), Content area literacy and preservice teacher education: Preparing preservice science teachers to view literacy in service of science teaching
MSTC 4001: Qualitative research methods in science education
This introductory course is designed to support graduate students in qualitative research methodology in science education. It includes qualitative research design and role of theory in guiding and informing research.
MSTC 4007: Urban and multicultural science education
Students will explore the intersections of policy, science and society and the impact these have on standard K-12 urban science curriculum and multicultural teaching practices. Drawing from scholarship in policy, curriculum, and teaching, this course explores major issues faced in urban science education, including: (1) the issue of resources (physical, human, and social) in urban schools and how urban science education programs might draw from local resources in meeting the needs of urban learners, (2) the issue of what roles might teachers, administrators, policy makers, and curriculum writers play in the design and implementation of empowering curricular and pedagogical practices in urban science classrooms, and (3) the issue of multicultural science education in terms of both content and pedagogy. This course challenges commonly used practices where multiculturalism is often taught as one distinct and often separate component of the science curriculum. This course provides students with both research-based and field-based experiences.
MSTC 4040: Science in childhood education
This is an integrated lecture/laboratory course. This course provides an introduction to the creation of science curriculum and instruction that attends to current state and national standards. The course is based in constructivist perspectives and has as a goal the teaching of science well with all children.
MSTC 4055: Concepts of Biology
Professional content knowledge course examining the major concepts in biology and their applications in teaching secondary school biology.
MSTC 4902: Guided study in science education
Permission required from the instructor with whom the student wishes to work. Independent study in selected areas. Use of professional laboratory facilities.
MSTC 5040: Science curriculum improvement in the elementary school
This course provides an introduction to the creation of science curriculum and instruction that attends to current state and national standards at the elementary level.
MSTC 6902: Research and independent study in science education
Permission required. Guided independent study leading to the preparation of a major project or paper. May be taken repeatedly by doctoral candidates engaged in research.
Documents & Papers
Download: Girls and Science Tables [PDF]
Download: Curriculum Vita [PDF]
Download: Journal Abstracts [PDF]
Centers and Projects
The Center for Technology and School Change helps schools integrate technology into their curricula and daily lives, by planning with schools for the use of technology, educating teachers how to use it, planning curriculum projects that include technology, helping teachers to implement projects, and assessing the effect of technology on schools. The Center is based on the idea that technology will have a large impact on the structure of schooling, as it has in the past, and that schools must plan for the kinds of change they want it to have. We believe that technology should be integrated with curriculum in ways that emphasize active student learning, collaboration, interdisciplinary learning and problem-solving in areas that are meaningful to schools, and conducts site-based research.
The Harlem Schools Partnership (HSP) for STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is a collaborative effort of Teachers College (TC), and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) at Columbia University in association with the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) and with support from the General Electric Foundation.
The mission of the HSP is to improve STEM education by helping schools create rich environments for STEM teaching and learning. We accomplish this through professional development that strengthens curriculum, increases teacher knowledge of STEM content and teaching practices, diversifies assessment of student learning, and ensures that English Language Learners are successful in STEM. The intended outcome is that HSP schools will be models of excellence for STEM teaching and learning, and that participating teachers will become leaders and mentors for others at their schools and in the Department of Education.