Jennifer (Jen) Richards , Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-0001
Phone: (847) 467-4994
BiographyMy research focuses on two interconnected strands, primarily within the context of science education:
- Designing and studying ways of cultivating increasingly responsive classroom and professional learning environments — spaces within K-12 school systems that are responsive to learners' ideas, experiences, motivations, and directions
- Understanding and modeling the multifaceted dynamics of teacher practice and learning across contexts and timescales, drawing on situative perspectives and discourse analysis techniques
Curriculum VitaeView Jennifer Richards 's CV.
- 2018 - Finalist, University of Washington Postdoc Mentoring Award
|2013||PhD, Science Education||University of Maryland|
|2008||MEd, Secondary Science Education||University of Maryland|
|2006||BA, Biology, Political Science||University of Delaware|
Selected PublicationsRichards, J., Elby, A., Luna, M. J., Robertson, A. D., Levin, D. M., & Nyeggen, C. G. (2020). Reframing the responsiveness challenge: A framing-anchored explanatory framework to account for irregularity in novice teachers' attention and responsiveness to student thinking. Cognition and Instruction.
Thompson, J., Richards, J., Shim, S-Y., Lohwasser, K., Von Esch, K., Chew, C., Sjoberg, B., & Morris, A. (2019). Launching networked PLCs: Footholds into creating and improving knowledge of ambitious and equitable teaching practices in an RPP. AERA Open, 5(3): 1-23.
Richards, J., & Thompson, J. (2018). "Choose your own adventure": Responsive curricular choices in elementary science. in Kay, J., & Luckin, R., Rethinking Learning in the Digital Age: Making the Learning Sciences Count, 13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2018, Volume 2 (pp. 1017-1020). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Robertson, A. D., & Richards, J. (2017). Teacher sense-making about being responsive to students' science ideas: A case study. European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 5(4): 314-342.
Richards, J. & Robertson, A. D. (2016). A review of the research on responsive teaching in science and mathematics. in Robertson, A. D., Scherr, R., & Hammer, D., Responsive Teaching in Science and Mathematics (pp. 36-55). Routledge.
Selected PresentationsRichards, J. (2016). Exploring job-embedded professional learning through Studio Days. Plenary given at the Foundations and Frontiers of Physics Education Research: Puget Sound Conference. Diablo, WA.
Research InterestsTeacher learning; responsive science education; research-practice partnerships
Research Scientist, University of Washington
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Science Teacher Learning and Development, University of Washington
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Science Education, University of Maryland
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