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Curriculum & Instruction
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Gillham Hall Room 2000N
Mail Stop 924
Rebecca Schneider is a professor of science education and director of secondary teacher
education in The Judith Herb College of Education at The University of Toledo. Dr.
Schneider was named the Outstanding Science Teacher Educator of the Year for 2012
by the Association for Science Teacher Education. Dr. Schneider is one of the lead
designers of the Licensure and Master's Program (LAMP) selected for the Outstanding
Field Experience Program Award (2014) by The Ohio Association of Teacher Educators'
award for exemplary field experience programs that significantly contribute to the
professional development of pre-service teachers.
Her design-based research is focused on science teachers' thinking and their development as professionals with a special interest on learning progressions for science teachers. Current projects include designing and investigating a one-year, graduate-level preservice program to put into action our best ideas about teacher learning; re-examining pedagogical content knowledge from a teacher educator's perspective and within a learning progression framework; and studying the interplay of community building and learning progress for teacher educators engaged in program design. As a curriculum designer and teacher educator, she used ideas about teacher educative curriculum to develop teacher planning guides to accompany the Project-based Inquiry Science (PBIS,) middle grades curriculum, a set of research-based units published by It's About Time Publishers. Her work is published in Review of Educational Research, Journal of Science Teacher Education, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Journal of Technology in Teacher Education, Computers in Mathematics and Science Education, and School Science and Mathematics Journal.