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Barbara A Curry
Senior Lecturer II-Science Education
Email Address  Barbara.Curry@utdallas.edu    URL UTD Webpage    Media Contact
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Kinnon, Tommie L
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 DegreeMajorInstitutionYear
 M.S.Science EducationUniversity of Texas at Dallas1998
 M.A.AudiologyUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign1979
 B.S.Deaf and Elementary EducationTexas Woman's University1977
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2004
Effective Geological Fieldwork as Part of a Graduate Program for Practicing Science Teachers, The Texas Science Teacher April 2004, Volume 33, Number 1, Page16
Category: The Texas Science Teacher
Peer reviewed
2001
Hands on Learning for Pre-Service Teachers: Getting it Right!, The Texas Science Teacher, April 2001, Volume 30, Number 1, Page 26
Category: The Texas Science Teacher
Peer reviewed
2000
Book Review, Awesome Experiments in Light and Sound, The Texas Science Teacher, April 2000, Volume 29, Number 1, Page 35
Category: The Texas Science Teacher
Book reviews
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14-Nov-05 15-Nov-05 Inquiry in the Science Classroom
Inquiry in the Science Classroom, Seminar Series for Lifelong Learners, Sponsored by the UT Dallas Department of Science and Mathematics Education
  Utilizing Problem Solving and Inquiry in the Teaching of Earth Conference Science at the College Level
Curry, B., Utilizing Problem Solving and Inquiry in the Teaching of Earth Conference Science at the College Level. Geological Society of America, South-Central Section Meeting. Abstract with Program, Sul Ross University, Alpine, Texas
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Professional Affiliations
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT)
Texas Council of Elementary Science (TCES)
Metroplex Association of Science Supervisors (MASS)
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 DurationTitleSponsorAmountStatus
8/01/06-7/31/07Co-Pl: Texas Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science TeachingUniversity of Texas at Austin, TEA$100,000Previous
8/31/05-8/31/06Co-PI: Texas Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science TeachingUniversity of Texas at Austin, TEA$105,000Previous
6/2/05-8/31/05Co-Pl: Texas Commission For Environmental QualityEnvironmental Course for Teachers$19,000Previous
8/1/04-12/31/05Co PI: Teacher Quality Grant, Texas Higher Education Coordinating BoardUTD/Richardson ISD Eighth Grade Science$79,884Previous
3/01/04-7/31/05Co-PI: Regional Collaborative For Excellence in Science Educationthe University of Texas at Austin$23,000Previous
3/1/04-7/31/05Co-Pl: Texas Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science TeachingUniversity of Texas at Austin$23,000Previous
5/19/03-4/1/04Co-PI: Teacher Quality Grant, Texas Higher Education Coordinating BoardUTD/Richardson ISD Integrated Physics and Chemistry Program$79,026Previous
5/19/03-4/1/04Co-Pl: Teacher Quality Grant, Texas Higher Education Coordinating BoardUTD/Mesquite ISD Integrated Physics and Chemistry Program$79,026Previous
6/2/04-8/31/04Co-PI: Texas Commission For Environmental QualityEnvironmental Course for Teachers$24,000Previous
9/1/02-8/31/03Co-Pl: Regional Collaborative For Excellence in Science EducationUniversity of Texas at Austin$23,920Previous
1/9/03-11/30/03Co-PI: National Science FoundationProject ESTT (Enhancing Science Teaching in Texas)$28,700Previous
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Doctoral Candidate, Science Education, Texas Christian University, 2006

About Barbara

Science has been a part of my life from the moment I was born.  My father was a chemistry professor and my brothers and I usually got to go "help" dad at his lab on the weekends.  Helping involved playing with dry ice, cleaning glassware, understanding acetone and its uses, as well as interacting with graduate students.  Dad would ask for the sodium chloride at the dinner table rather than the just asking for salt!  Mom was our amateur field scientist.  She instilled a love of rocks, wildflowers and the wonders of the beach through annual family vacations.  I was very fortunate to be able to experience these things while growing up, never realizing where they would take me.

I feel my purpose is to help instill a love of, if not a burning curiosity about, science in all of my students.  While currently instructing pre-service elementary teachers in the methodologies of teaching science, I have found that they, for the most part, have quite a bit of fear and trepidation about teaching science in their own classrooms. Presenting science processes, concepts and pedagogy in a manner through which they actually learn the content truly makes a difference.no more reading the book and memorizing facts!  Teachers typically teach in the same manner they were taught.  Hopefully, as a result of their experiences in their pre-service science methods, they will teach their students science the way they learned it in their methods class.

As the director of the UTD Texas Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science Teaching and as an instructor of graduate classes in elementary science content and methodologies, I have the incredible opportunity to watch our participating teachers grow personally and professionally.  My ultimate goal is to provide the best teachers and learning opportunities for students in their formative learning years. This interaction with our graduate students who are current classroom science teachers, also allows me to work with people who are driven to become better through developing their content knowledge and pedagogy skills.  It is also wonderful to mentor them and watch them develop their science leadership skills.

In conjunction with a team put together by the Lunar and Planetary Institute, I am assisting in the process of developing content geared toward pre-service teachers that will help them in developing their own knowledge about space.  This content will be based on The National Science Standards, the Benchmarks for Science Literacy and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.  This project, along with one through the Institute of Renewable Natural Resources and the Texas Geospatial Extension Program, will help current teachers and pre-service teachers develop an understanding of content regarding the space sciences and remote sensing.  This second project will develop curriculum that will help children learn about the ways that geospatial technologies monitor, study, and manage wildlife habitat and natural resources. It will also teach children how animals use "high tech" sensors (i.e. extreme sharp vision or hearing) to navigate in their own world.

My research interests lie most specifically in the area of pre-service teacher education.  I am currently seeking a Ph.D. in Science Education at Texas Christian University with an emphasis in working on the optimum classroom and practicum experiences for pre-service teachers.  I want to provide them with the tools that will enable them to teach in such a way that the love of science will inspire their students to become our future scientists.


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