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Dr. Carla M. Zembal-Saul

Dr. Carla M. Zembal-Saul

Department Head (CI); Professor of Education (SCIED)

Phone: 8148650827

148 Chambers Bldg
University Park, PA 16802


  • Curriculum and Instruction


  • Science Education


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



Instructional Methods and Design


Computer Technology
Video/Visual Technology

Curriculum Areas

Science Ed

Education Levels

Professional Education

Education Types

Continuing Ed
Public Ed

Individual Difference

Learning Processes

Leadership Preparation

Teacher Prep

Methodological Research

Discourse Analysis
Qualitative Research

Teacher Preparation

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