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Dr. Carla M. Zembal-Saul

Dr. Carla M. Zembal-Saul
Phone: 8148650827
Office Address:
148 Chambers Bldg
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park

Title

Professor, Science Education

Department

Curriculum and Instruction

Programs

Curriculum and Instruction: Science Education
Curriculum and Instruction: Elementary and Kindergarten Education

Biography

Carla Zembal-Saul is a Professor of Education in Science Education and holds the Kahn endowed professorship in STEM education. Her research investigates the development of teaching practices that support K-6 children's participation in authentic scientific discourse and practices. Zembal-Saul has been involved in school-university partnership work for most of her career, and her research takes place in this context. The purposeful integration of technology tools has played a central role in her teaching and research. In particular, Zembal-Saul has developed online video-based cases of reform-oriented science teaching, used video analysis tools with preservice and practicing teachers, examined the use of software scaffolds to support meaningful science learning, and implemented electronic teaching portfolios in teacher education. In addition, she has experience serving on the editorial boards of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (2001-2004), Science Education (2009-present), and the International Journal of Science Education (1998-present). Zembal-Saul was an elected member of the Executive Board for the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (2007-2010), and she chaired the organization's Publications Advisory Board (2008-2010).

Areas of Expertise

Age Levels

Adolescence
Childhood

Curriculum Areas

Science Ed

Education Levels

Post-Secondary
Primary/Elementary
Professional Education

Education Types

Continuing Ed
Public Ed

Individual Difference

Identity
Learning Processes

Leadership Preparation

Teacher Prep

Learning

Instructional Methods and Design
Learning Sciences

Methodological Research

Discourse Analysis
Qualitative Research

Teacher Preparation

In-service Teachers
Pre-service Teachers
Professional Development
Professional Development Schools

Technology

Computer Technology
Video/Visual Technology