Profile: Eugenia Etkina | Graduate School of Education

Profile: Eugenia Etkina

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Faculty

Eugenia Etkina is a physics educator (a former high school physics teacher) who directs the physics teacher preparation program and works in the field of Physics Education Research (PER). The physics teacher preparation program prepares is one of the largest in the US and is unique in a way it trains teachers. Eugenia's research focuses on physics, student reasoning, epistemology, language, and representations. In her teaching Eugenia believes that every student can learn physics and she models interactive inquiry-based physics instruction in multiple physics teaching methods courses that are a part of the program. She advises doctoral students both in the GSE and in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Professional Affiliations:

Physics and Astronomy Education Research Group (PAER), Department of Physics and Astronomy
American Association of Physics Teachers
American Physical Society
Physics Teacher Education Coalition
New Jersey section of the American Association of Physics Teachers
National Association for Research in Science Teaching

Recent Grants

09/2012 – ongoing (Grant Amount: 1,644,400) National Science Foundation, Collaborative Research: Assessing, Validating and Developing Content Knowledge for Teaching Energy, (co-PI), PI Drew Gitomer.

01/2012-ongoing (Grant Amount: $990,521) National Science Foundation STEM for Education (STEM-E) Scholarship Program, (co-PI) E. Laffey, E. Etkina, K. Weber, M. Kalelkar.

09/2008-09/2009 (Grant Amount: $98,000) National Science Foundation (PI) to conduct a project "Preparation for Future Learning" in physics", Etkina, E.

08/2007-08/2010 (Grant Amount: $300,000) National Science Foundation (PI) to conduct a project “Physics Union Mathematics”, Etkina, E., Van Heuvelen, A., Brahmia, S.

08/2005-09/2008 (Grant Amount: $510,000) National Science Foundation (PI) to conduct a project “Transfer of Scientific Abilities", Etkina, E., Van Heuvelen, A., Hmelo-Silver, C., & Jordan, R.

08/2003-10/2006 (Grant Amount: $302,536) National Science Foundation (PI) to conduct a project “Using Formative Assessment to develop introductory physics skills”, Etkina, E. & Van Heuvelen, A.

04/2001-05/2003 (Grant Amount: $120,000) Educational Foundation of America (PI) to conduct “Astrophysics Research by High School Students” program, Etkina, E. & Matilsky, T.

03/2001-03/2005 (Grant Amount: $500,000) National Science Foundation (PI on the Rutgers component) to conduct a project “Investigative Science Learning Environment: Science and Cognition Combined”, Van Heuvelen, A., Etkina, E. & Brahmia, S.

05/2000-05/2003 (Grant Amount: $600,000) US Department of Education (co-PI) "Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to use Technology", Barnhart, S. & Etkina, E.

11/1998-11/1999 (Grant Amount: $109,800) Educational Foundation of America to conduct the project “X-ray research by high school students” (Co-PI), $99,800, Matilsky, T. & Etkina, E.
 

  • Departments

    Department of Learning & Teaching

  • Associated Programs

    Specialization in Learning Sciences
    Specialization in Science Education
    Ed.M. with Certification in Physical Science or Physics Education
    Science Education

  • Courses Taught

    15:256:551 Development of Ideas in Physical Science (3)
    15:256:552 Teaching Physical Science (3)
    15:256:557 Multiple Representations in Physical Science (3)
    15:255:536 Teaching Internship Seminar (Physical Science Section)

  • Education

    1997 Ph. D. in Physics Education, Moscow State Pedagogical University.
    Dissertation
    "The methodology of teaching physics to gifted students," March 3rd, 1997, Sharonova, N.V.

    1982 B. S. and M. Sc. Degree in physics education, Summa Cum Laude, Moscow State Pedagogical University.
    Teacher certification in physics and astronomy, all levels, Moscow State Pedagogical University, Moscow, Russia, 1982.
     

  • Publications

    Planinsic, G. & Etkina, E. Bubbles that change the speed of sound. (2012) The Physics Teacher, 50 (8), 458-462.

    Jordan, R., Ruibal-Villasenor, M., Hmelo-Silver, C., & Etkina, E. Laboratory materials: Affordances or constraints? (2011) Journal of Research in science Teaching, 48 (9), 1010-1025.

    Brookes, D. T., Etkina, E. (2010) Physical Phenomena in real time, Science, 330, 605-606.

    Etkina, E. (2010). Pedagogical content knowledge and preparation of high school physics teachers. Physical Review Special Topics Physics Education Research, 6, 020110.

    Etkina, E., Karelina, A., Ruibal-Villasenor, M., Jordan, R., Rosengrant, D., & Hmelo-Silver, C. (2010). Design and reflection help students develop scientific abilities: Learning in introductory physics laboratories, Journal of the Learning Sciences, 19, 1, 54-98.

    Brookes, D. & Etkina, E. (2009). Force, ontology and language. Physical Review, Special Topics, Physics Education Research, 5, 010110.

    Etkina, E., Karelina, A., Murthy, S., & Ruibal-Villasenor, M. (2009). Using action research to improve learning and formative assessment to conduct research. Physical Review. Special Topics, Physics Education Research, 5, 010109.

    Rosengrant, D., Van Heuvelen, A., & Etkina, E. (2009). Do students use and understand free body diagrams? Physical Review, Special Topics, Physics Education Research, 5, 010108.

    Etkina, E., Karelina, A., & Ruibal-Villasenor, M. (2008). How long does it take? A study of student acquisition of scientific abilities. Physical Review, Special Topics, Physics Education Research, 4, 020108.

    Karelina, A. & Etkina, E. (2007). Acting like a physicist: Student approach study to experimental design. Physical Review, Special Topics, Physics Education Research, 3, 020106.

    Brookes, D. T. & Etkina, E. (2007). Using conceptual metaphor and functional grammar to explore how language used in physics affects student learning. Physical Review, Special Topics, Physics Education Research, 3, 010105.

    Etkina, E., Van Heuvelen, A., White-Brahmia, S., Brookes, D.T., Gentile, M., Murthy, S. Rosengrant, D., & Warren, A. (2006) Developing and assessing student scientific abilities. Physical Review. Special Topics, Physics Education Research. 2, 020103.

    Etkina, E., Murthy, S., & Zou, X. (2006). Using introductory labs to engage students in experimental design. American Journal of Physics. 74, 979-982.

    Etkina, E. (2005). Physics teacher preparation: Dreams and reality. Journal of Physics Teacher Education Online, 3(2), 3-9.

    Etkina, E., Warren, A., & Gentile, M. (2005). The role of models in physics instruction. The Physics Teacher, 44 (1), 34-39.

    Etkina, E., Matilsky, T., & Lawrence, M. (2003). What can we learn from pushing to the edge? Rutgers Astrophysics Institute motivates talented high school students. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 40 (10), 958-985.

    Harper, K., Etkina, E., & Lin, Y. (2003). Encouraging and analyzing student questions in a large physics course: Meaningful patterns for instructors. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 40 (8), 776-791.

    May, D. & Etkina, E. (2002). College physics students' epistemological self-reflection and its relationship to conceptual learning. American Journal of Physics, 70 (12), 1249-1258.

    Etkina, E., Van Heuvelen, A., Brookes, D. & Mills, D. (2002). Role of experiments in physics instruction – A process approach. The Physics Teacher, 40 (6), 351-355.

    Etkina, E. & Andre, K. (2002). Weekly Reports: Student reflections on learning. Journal of College Science Teaching, 31 (7), 476-480.

  • Research Initiatives

    Eugenia studies how to help physics students think like physicists. She develops curriculum materials (ISLE - Investigative Science Learning Environment and PUM - Physics Union Mathematics) and assessments to achieve this goal. Curriculum maerials based on her work are at http://paer.rutgers.edu.pt3, http://paer.rutgers,edu/scientificabilities, and http://pum.rutgers.edu

  • Awards

    2010 Rutgers Physics Teacher Preparations Program is recognized as an exemplary site endorsed by the Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC), October 2010.

    2010 AAAS SPORE - Science Prize for an On-Line Technology Resource - award for the Rutgers Physics Teaching Technology Resource http://paer.rutgers.edu/pt3 October 2010.

    2010 Rutgers University Warren I. Susman Award for excellent in teaching for the academic year 2009-2010

    2009 2009 – 9th Annual G. Arfken Scholar in Residence, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

    2007 GSE Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Research Award.

  • Expertise

    Assessment
    Physical Science
    Science Education
    Teacher Quality