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Biological Sciences

Dr. Elaine Abusharbain

Portrait of Dr. Elaine Abusharbain

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 1992

Office: SLW 1240
Research Lab: SLW 1390
Phone: (618) 650-2453

Courses Taught: Biology 111, 494, 580, 595, 596, Science 241a, CI 352b.

Research Interests: My research area is in biology education. This comprises the major problems and issues facing in-service and preservice science educators. Specialty areas are a) constructivist classroom environment, b) classroom community and empowerment in environmental education, c) in-service teacher professional development, and d) inquiry-based teaching.

Research Opportunities: Students and teachers conduct studies on misconceptions about climate change.

Selected Publications

AbuSharbain, E. (2008, October). Rainforest Partnership Has Benefits for All. Paper presented at North American Association of Environmental Education. Published conference proceedings. Witchita, Kansas.

Abusharbain, E (2005, October).  The Effect of the Action Research and Community Problem Solving Model on Graduate service Teachers and Environmental Educators. Paper presented at North American Association of Environmental Education Published conference proceedings. Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Abusharbain, E (2004, October).  Environmental Education Infusion in the Secondary Science Methods Course.  North American Association of Environmental Educators.

Abusharbain, E (2002). Enhancing inservice teachers’ constructivist epistemology through the development and redesign of inquiry-based investigations together with their students. Electronic Journal of Science Education 7 (1).

CJ Moore, VL May, E Abusharbain (1999). Partnership to engage St. Louis high school students in investigative genetics. Academic Medicine 74 (4), 342-4.

SCR Elgin, V May, E AbuSharbain, CJ Moore (1997). Modern genetics for all students: High school activities and investigations. Molecular Biology of the Cell 8, 2024-2024.

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