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Dr. DAVID EICHINGER

40% Biology, 60% Curriculum & Instruction
Associate Professor
  • 765-494-0711
  • WTHR 221B
deich@purdue.edu
Dr. DAVID EICHINGER

PROFESSIONAL FACULTY RESEARCH

(Science education) Professional preparation and development of both elementary and secondary teachers; collaborative problem solving and its role in the teaching and learning of science; the nature of science in science education and its importance for both teachers and students.


BIO

As a faculty member with joint appointments in the Department of Biological Sciences and the School of Education, I am engaged in preparing the next generation of teachers. Each year I teach BIOL 205 & 206, Biology for Elementary School Teachers. With an enrollment of approximately 300 students each semester, these classes teach important biology concepts that future elementary teachers will address in their own classrooms. Students learn biology in a hands-on way with one hour per week of lecture and four hours per week of laboratory activities. I also work closely with students in the Biology Teaching Program, which prepares biology majors to become high school teachers. My research interests include science teacher preparation and collaborative learning and its role in science education. I am interested in studying how students and teachers collaborate in problem solving contexts and how their knowledge of science and their social dynamics influence science teaching and learning.

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Michigan State, 1992


MOST RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Refereed Journal Articles

Radloff, J.D.*, Eichinger, D.*, Guzey, S.*, & Capobianco, B. M.* (2019). Integrating engineering design in undergraduate biology using a life science design task. Journal of College Science Teaching, 49(2) 45-52.

Capobianco, B. M.*, Eichinger, D.*, Rebello, S.*, Ryu, M.*, & Radloff, J.* (2019). Fostering innovation through collaborative action research on the creation of shared instructional products by university science instructors. Educational Action Research, DOI: 10.1080/09650792.2019.1645031

Book Chapters

Dankenbring, C.*, Capobianco, B.*, & Eichinger, D. (2016). How to develop an engineering   design task.  In L. Froschauer (Ed.), Bringing STEM to the elementary classroom. NSTA Press.


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