Directory » SARA RAVEN
Equity and diversity in science education
Interdisciplinary qualitative research methods
Preschool and early elementary science
Dr. Sara Raven is an assistant professor of science education at Texas A&M University. She has developed lines of scholarship that address areas of extreme need in science education and reflect her belief that all children – regardless of background or school context – should have access to high quality science learning experiences. Her work focuses on two interconnected lines of research in the field of science education: (1) science teaching and learning in preschool and early elementary classrooms, and (2) issues of equity and diversity in science education. Often, these lines co-exist in her work and are concurrently pursued. Her research within both lines revolves around aspects of a) student support, b) teacher preparation, and c) professional development for inservice teachers. Dr. Raven has published manuscripts in a variety of highly-respected peer-reviewed journals and books, and disseminated her research at international, national, regional, and state conferences. Dr. Raven is deeply passionate about her work, and is committed to continuing to pursue equity in science education.
Ph.D., Science Education (certificates in Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies Women and Gender Studies), University of Georgia (2013)
M.A., Science Education, University of Georgia (2010)
B.S., Science Education, University of Georgia (2008)
EDCI485. DIRECTED STUDIES
EDCI663. SCI INQ K-16 CLASSROOM
EDCI669. SCI EDU IN SOC CONTEXT
EDCI684. PROF INTERNSHIP
EDCI685. DIRECTED STUDIES
EDCI692. PROFESSIONAL STUDY
EDCI701. SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY SCIENCE ED
MASC320. INQUIRIES IN PHYSICAL SC
MASC371. INQ IN LIFE & EARTH SCI
MASC420. INQ IN LIFE & EARTH SCI
MASC475. INQUIRIES IN PHYSICAL SC
FORMER DOCTORAL STUDENTS
Glenda Anne Thacker (Summer 2019)
Gledna Anne Thacker (Summer 2018)
Raven, S. & Whitman, G. Science in silence: How educators of the deaf and hard-of-hearing teach science. (2019) Research in Science Education. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11165-019-9847-7. Impact factor: 1.329.
Raven, S., Al Husseini, D., & Cevik, E. (2018). We are engineers! Engineering design activities for preschool. Science & Children, 56(1), 55-61.
Borgerding, LA, Raven, S. (2017). Children's ideas about fossils and foundational concepts related to fossils. Science Education (2.506 IF  JCR, WoS), 126. https://doi.org/10.1002/sce.21331.
Dever, R. & Raven, S. (2017). Intersection of principles: How This We Believe and international baccalaureate align. Middle School Journal, 48(4), 36-44.
Oliver, J. S., Hodges, G. W., Moore, J. N., Cohen, A., Jang, Y., Brown, S. A., Kwon, K., Jeong, S., Raven, S. P., Rogers, W., Jurkiewicz, M., & Robertson, T. P. (2017). Supporting high school student accomplishment of biology content using interactive computer-based curricular case studies. Research in Science Education (1.329 IF  JCR, WoS), 1-26. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11165-017-9675-6.
Raven, S. (2016). Understanding the body: A series of activities designed to teach pre-k children about human anatomy. Science and Children, 53(9), 52-57
Raven, S., Klein, V., & Namdar, B. (2016). Making critical friends: Using socioscientific issues to teach argumentation and evidence-based reasoning. The Science Teacher, 83(2), 23-28.
EXP: FossilSketch, a new educational software application for teaching micropaleontology (Foraminifera and Ostracoda)
BioSTAR Scholars Program
CAREER: Engaging Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children in Authentic Science  An Emergent Integrated Model for Research and Teaching
LGBTQ+ Teacher Disclosure: Impact of Visibility in K12 Education
Teaching STEM in Urban, Secondary Schools: Challenges and Support During the Induction Years
Catapult Round 3 - The CREST Project: Community Research through Engagement in STEM Teaching (Funded amount $30,000)