Janice Koch
Hofstra University (Ret.)
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JANICE KOCH is Professor Emerita of Science Education at Hofstra University on Long Island, New York where she directed IDEAS- the Institute for the Development of Education in the Advanced Sciences. This outreach institute fostered the public understanding of science and showcased cutting edge science and technology to the local university community. Dr. Koch is the past President of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE). She taught courses addressing introduction to education, action research, science education, engineering design and gender issues in the classroom and qualitative research. Dr. Koch earned her Ph.D. in Education at New York University where her cognate area was environmental science. Her research explores furthering the science and literacy experiences of underserved and underrepresented youth in STEM fields. She was the co-Principal Investigator of a teacher enhancement grant (1996-2001) integrating engineering design challenges into science and mathematics education in New York State grades K-5.  She was recently (2007-2015) senior personnel for two NSF funded grants addressing ecology and biodiversity in New York City middle schools and high schools. She was the external evaluator on an NSF MSP grant integrating alternative energy technologies into middle school science in Ohio (2010-1014). Currently, she is the science curriculum consultant for an NSF DRK-12 grant integrating science and engineering into middle school science for English Language Learners in Texas. She is the author of TEACH, 3rd ed (2016), an introduction to education textbook and Science Stories: Science Methods for Elementary and Middle School Teacher, 6th ed (2017). Dr. Koch integrates engineering education into her pre-service and in-service science education textbook and uses design thinking to apply concepts in natural science to human made systems.

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