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Troy Sadler

Professor of Biological Sciences
Director of the MU Science Education Center
PhD, 2003 University of Florida

Office: 321C Townsend Hall
Phone: 573-882-3544
Additional: Website
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Research summary

Socio-scientific issues surrounding student learning

Research description

My research focuses on how students of science negotiate complex socio-scientific issues and how these issues may be used as contexts for science learning. I am interested in how issues-based learning experiences can support student learning of science and development of practices essential for full participation in modern democratic societies. I have also been involved with numerous efforts designed to create opportunities for undergraduates and high school students, particularly those from backgrounds underrepresented in the sciences, to engage in authentic scientific research experiences.

Select Publications

Select Publications

Kazempour, M., Sadler, T.D. (2015) Pre-service teachers’ science beliefs, attitudes, and self-efficacy:a multi-case study. Teaching Education, 26 (3):247-271.

Sadler, T.D., Romine, W.L., Menon, D., Ferdig, R.E., Annetta, L. (2015). Learning biology through innovative curricula:A comparison of game- and nongame-based approaches. Science Education, 99 (4):696-720.

Lamb, R.L., Annetta, L., Vallett, D.B., Sadler, T.D. (2014). Cognitive diagnostic like approaches using neural-network analysis of serious educational videogames. Computers and Education, 70:92-104.

Romine, W., Sadler, T.D., Presley, M., Klosterman, M.L. (2014). Student Interest In Technology And Science (SITS) survey:development, validation, and use of a new instrument. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 12 (2):261-283.

Oliveira, A.W., Boz, U., Broadwell, G.A., Sadler, T.D. (2014). Student leadership in small group science inquiry. Research in Science and Technological Education, 32(3):281-297.

Romine, W.L., Sadler, T.D. (2014). Measuring changes in interest in science and technology at the college level in response to two instructional interventions. Research in Science Education, pp. 1-19.

Sadler, T.D., Romine, W.L., Stuart, P.E., Merle-Johnson, D. (2013). Game-based curricula in biology classes: Differential effects among varying academic levels. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 50 (4):479-499.

Barko, T., Sadler, T.D. (2013). Learning outcomes associated with classroom implementation of a biotechnology-themed video game. American Biology Teacher, 75 (1):29-33.

Borgerding, L.A., Sadler, T.D., Koroly, M.J. (2013). Teachers' concerns about biotechnology education. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 22 (2):133-147.

Burgin, S.R., Sadler, T.D. (2013). Consistency of practical and formal epistemologies of science held by participants of a research apprenticeship. Research in Science Education, 43 (6):2179-2206.

Presley, M.L., Sickel, A.J., Muslu, N., Merle‐Johnson, D., Witzig, S.B., Izci, K., Sadler, T.D. (2013). A framework for socio‐scientific issues based education. Science Educator, 22(1):26‐32.

Barko, T., Sadler, T.D. (2013). Practicality in virtuality: finding student meaning in video game education. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 22 (2):124-132.

Nelson, F.L., Sadler, T. (2013). A third space for reflection by teacher educators: A heuristic for understanding orientations to and components of reflection. Reflective Practice, 14 (1):43-57.

Eastwood, J.L., Sadler, T.D., Sherwood, R.D., Schlegel, W.M. (2013). Students' participation in an interdisciplinary, socioscientific issues based undergraduate human biology major and their understanding of scientific inquiry. Research in Science Education, 43 (3):1051-1078.

Burgin, S.R., Sadler, T.D. (2013). Science immersion: Summer programs that expose students to authentic scientific research. The Science Teacher, 80(4):44-49.

Nelson, F.L., Sadler, T.D. (2013). A third space for reflection in teacher education programs: A heuristic for understanding orientations to and components of reflection. Reflective Practice, 14(1):43‐57.

Eastwood, J.L., Sadler, T.D. (2013). Teachers' implementation of a game-based biotechnology curriculum. Computers and Education, 66:11-24.

Eastwood, J.L., Sadler, T.D., Zeidler, D.L., Lewis, A., Amiri, L., Applebaum, S. (2012). Contextualizing nature of science instruction in socioscientific issues. International Journal of Science Education, 34 (15):2289-2315.

Burgin, S.R., Sadler, T.D., Koroly, M.J. (2012). High school student participation in scientific research apprenticeships: variation in and relationships among student experiences and outcomes. Research in Science Education, 42 (3):439-467.

Klosterman, M.L., Sadler, T.D., Brown, J. (2012). Science teachers' use of mass media to address socio-scientific and sustainability issues. Research in Science Education, 42 (1):51-74.

Klosterman, M.L., Sadler, T.D., Brown, J. (2012). Viral news: Media literacy for the 21st century. Science Scope, 35(9): 61‐69.