Bio

Erin Dixon, Ph.D., is a Visiting Lecturer in Science Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, where she teaches elementary and secondary science methods courses, supervises middle and secondary science interns, and collaborates with university faculty and professional development school personnel regarding field experiences.

Dr. Dixon’s research interests and areas of expertise include inquiry-based science instruction and science content knowledge and misconceptions of students, preservice teachers, and inservice teachers. Her dissertation, which she completed in the summer of 2015, combined both of these research interests as she examined students’ misconceptions about diffusion and osmosis before and after participating in direct or inquiry-based lessons. While working as a graduate assistant for Dr. Suzanne Nesmith from 2012 to 2015, Dr. Dixon assisted with research efforts related to teachers’ attitudes and self-efficacy regarding environmental education after participating in a wetland professional development experience, teachers’ misconceptions about gravity, preservice and inservice teachers’ misconceptions about causes of the seasons, and use of student-created videos to address preservice teachers’ science misconceptions.

For her dissertation research, Dr. Dixon won the School Science and Mathematics Association’s (SSMA) Outstanding Dissertation Award, presented at their 2016 Annual Convention. Working as a public school teacher during the 2015-2016 school year, Dr. Dixon was recognized as one of 10 National Semi-finalists for the National Science Teacher Association’s Shell Science Teaching Award.