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Helen Meyer

Title: Associate Professor
Office: 511A Teachers College
Tel: 513-556-5115
Email: meyerhe@ucmail.uc.edu

Dr. Helen Meyer received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, MA from Columbia University in Secondary Science Education, and BS from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She currently serves as the director of the UC Fusion STEM education center which supports grant activities focused on improving teaching and learning in science and mathematics. The center currently houses several interdisciplinary grants with the Colleges of Engineering and Arts and Sciences, as well as several local school districts. In addition to her work in STEM education, Dr. Meyer is interested in teacher education and democratic development both locally and internnationally.

Education

  • PhD, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison WI, 2000 (Curriculum & Instruction).
  • MS - Education, Teachers College - Columbia University, New York, NY, 1987 (Science Education).
  • BS , University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI, 1984 (Biology and Chemistry).

Research Information

Research Support

  • (Co-PI researcher), Anant Kukreti, Eugene Rutz, Howard Jackson, Kathy Koenig, CEEMS- Cincinnati Engineering Enhanced Mathematics and Science program, National Science Foundation. (NSF Targeted MSP), 9.2 million. 08-2011 to 07-2016. Status: Active.
  • (Co-PI), Kathie Maynard, Ted Fowler, An Investigation of Effective STEM Curricular Structures and Instructional Strategies, National Science Foundation. (NSF DR-K12), 499, 000. 08-2010 to 07-2013. Status: Active.
  • (PI), Kathy Koenig, Steve Pelikan, Phase II: Scholarships and Stipends, National Science Foundation. (NSF Noyce), 750,000. 09-2010 to 08-2015. Status: Active.
  • (PI), Ted Fowler, Jamie Basham, Kathie Maynard, Southwest Ohio STEM Education Hub of OSLN, Ohio Board of Regents. 987,000. 05-2011 to 12-2011. Status: Completed.
  • (Director, PI), Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellows Program, Ohio Board of Regents. (WWOTF), 2.25 million. 05-2010 to 05-2016. Status: Active.
  • (PI), Endorf, Robert; Meyer, Helen, Cincinnati Robert Noyce Scholarship Partnership, National Science Foundation. (DUE-0434086), $494,487.00. 09-01-2004 to 08-31-2010. Status: Closed.
  • (PI), Basham, James; Fowler, Thaddeus; Meyer, Helen, Southwest Ohio STEM Education Hub of OSLN, Ohio Board of Regents. (FY10 STEM), $978,468.00. 05-14-2010 to 11-30-2010. Status: Active.
  • (PI), Ault, Bruce; Hanson, Margaret; Koenig, Kathleen; Meyer, Helen; Pelikan, Stephan, Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Track II, National Science Foundation. (DUE-1035323), $750,000.00. 09-01-2010 to 08-31-2015. Status: Active.
  • (Collaborator), Fowler, Thaddeus; Maynard, Kathie; Meyer, Helen, Discovery Research K-12, National Science Foundation. (DRL-1019672), $449,999.00. 08-15-2010 to 07-31-2014. Status: Active.
  • (Collaborator), Cameron, Guy; Fowler, Thaddeus; Huff, Warren; Jackson, Howard; Kukreti, Anant; Meyer, Helen; Rutz, Eugene, The Cincinnati Engineering Enhanced Mathematics and Science (CEEMS) Program, National Science Foundation. (DUE-1102990), $5,324,587.00. 09-01-2011 to 08-31-2016. Status: Active.
  • (PI), Laine, Chester; Meyer, Helen, OSLN Race to the Top-Southwest Ohio HUB, Department of Education. (Battelle 334858 \ CON0010424), $90,000.00. 04-01-2012 to 06-30-2013. Status: Active.
  • (Collaborator), Koenig, Kathleen; Meyer, Helen; Plano Clark, Mark; Smith, Leigh, Comprehensive PhysTEC Site, National Science Foundation. (PhysTEC MOU), $99,920.00. 08-01-2013 to 07-31-2016. Status: Awarded.
  • (Collaborator), Li, Chengcheng; Meyer, Helen; Said, Hazem, Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (iTEST), National Science Foundation. (DRL-1433769), $1,200,000.00. 09-01-2014 to 08-31-2017. Status: Awarded.
  • (PI), Meyer, Helen; Pelikan, Stephan; Rutz, Eugene, Noyce Masters Teacher Fellowship (MTF) Program - Expert Clinically-Based Teacher Educators (ECBTE), National Science Foundation. (DUE-1557387), $1,732,528.00. 03-01-2016 to 02-28-2022. Status: Awarded.

Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Basham, J.; Meyer, H.; Perry, E. (2010). The design and application of the digital backpack. Journal of Research on Technology in Education.
  • Stinson, K., Harkness, S., Meyer, H., & Stallworth, J. (2009). Mathematics and science integration: Models and characterizations. School Science and Mathematics, 109 (3), 153-161.
  • Meyer, H. (2007). Is it molecules? Again! A review of students' learning about particle theory. The Chemical Education Journal, 9(2).
  • Siedel, K.;Meyer, H. (2006). Quality (and/or?) control: perils and promises of standards-based school reform in urban contexts. Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2, 61-80.
  • Meyer, H. (2006). Strategies for teaching controversial socioscientific issues. Science Education Review, 5(3), 106-110.
  • Meyer, H.;Kroeger, S. (2005). Photovoice as an educational action research tool. Qualitative Research Journal, 5, 185-194.
  • Meyer, H.; Maltbie, C.; Ludwig, K. (2005). Building school's capacity for assessment and evaluation: results of a statewide needs assessment. The Ohio Journal of Teacher Education, 18, 18-28.
  • Whitfield, D.; Meyer, H. (2005). Learning from our students: photovoice and classroom action research. Science Education Review, 4, 97-105.
  • Meyer, H.;Hamilton, B.;Kroeger, S.;Stewart, S.;Brydon-Miller, M. (2004). The unexpected journey: Renewing our commitment to students through educational action research. Educational Action Research, 12, 557-574.
  • Meyer, H. (2004). Novice and expert teachers' conceptions of learners' prior knowledge. Science Education, 88, 970-983.
  • Meyer, H. (2003). Democratic partnership development in namibia. Africa Today, 5(1).
  • Meyer, H. Teaching strategies for dealing with controversial socioscientific issues. Science Education Review.
  • Basham, J., Meyer, H., & Perry, E (2011). It's in the bag: Digital backpacks for problem based learning. Learning and Leading with Technology, Septermber/October, 24.
  • Meyer, H (2018). Teachers’ thoughts on student decision making during engineering design lessons. . . Education Sciences: Special Edition Teaching and Learning in STEM Education, & (88).
  • Thatcher, W. and Meyer, H. (2017). Identifying initial conceptions of engineering and teaching engineering. . Education Sciences: Special Edition Teaching and Learning in STEM Education,, 8 (88).
  • Meyer, H (2017). Integrating Engineering into an Urban Science Classroom. Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching and Research, 13, 112.

Book Chapters

  • Meyer, H., Hamilton, B., Kroeger, S., Stewart, S., & Brydon-Miller, M. (2008). The unexpected journey: Renewing our commitment to students through educational action research. Practical Action Research: A Collection of Articles (pp.45 – 60). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press/SAGE Publications.
  • Meyer, H. (2002). Monographs on journal of research in teacher education. A travelogue of change: Integrating action research into the BETD Umea, Sweden: University Press.
  • Laine, C.; Bauer, A.; Johnson, H.; Meyer, H.; Kroeger, S.; Troup, K. (2010). Moving from reaction to reflection . Teaching as Moral Practice (pp.73-94). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press .

Electronic Journal Articles

  • Basham, J., Meyer, H. & Perry, E. (2011). It's in the bag: Digital backpacks for problem based learning.., p. 24-27.

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Meyer, H. (2007). Staying critical in a time of education standard, is it possible? International Conference of Teacher Researchers, Chicago, IL.
  • Harkness, S., Meyer, H., & Stinson, K. (2007). Mathematics and science content standards integration in the middle grades Symposium on Mathematics and Science Teaching and Learning, Columbus, OH.
  • Meyer, H., & Dani, D. (2006). Preservice teachers' use of theory as they conduct authentic inquiries Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco.
  • Meyer, H. (2005). Is it molecules again? Invited speaker at the 11th Asian Chemical Congress, Seoul, South Korea.
  • Meyer, H. (2005). Ohio mathematics and science teachers' current assessment and evaluation practices Paper presented at Symposium on Mathematics and Science Teaching and Learning, Akron, OH.
  • Meyer, H., Clark, W., & Whitfield, D. (2005). Images of Science: preparing urban pre-service teachers to teach culturally relevant science Paper presented at the national meeting of American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Canada.
  • Whitfield, D., & Meyer, H. (2005). Using students' ideas of science to guide new teaching practices Paper presented at the national meeting of American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Canada.
  • Beck, C., & Meyer, H. (2005). Making chemistry connect to high school students' lives Paper presented at the national meeting of American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Canada.
  • Kroeger, S., & Meyer, H. (2005). Photovoice as an educational action research tool Paper presented at the national meeting of American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Canada.
  • Meyer, H. (09-2004). Workshop on using journey through data in pre-service math and science courses Sponsored by the Ohio Board of Regents, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Dani, D., Meyer, H., & Kinne, D.S. (04-2004). Online discussions: Do they promote explicit reflection on the the notion of science? Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.
  • Meyer, H. (04-2004). What urban students know about science that pre-service teachers don't know they know Paper presented at the National Association of Research in Science Teaching Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC.
  • Meyer, H., Maltbie, C., Ludwig, K., & Thompson, P. (2004). Building Schools' Capacity for Assessment and Evaluation: Results of a Statewide Needs Assessment Paper presented at Ohio Council of Teacher Educators Association, Columbus, OH.
  • Meyer, H., Kinne, D., & Dani, D. (07-2003). Best practices and innovative strategies in college reading programs American Educational Research Association.
  • Meyer, H. (03-2003). Researching a captured audience -ethics in teacher research North Central Sociological Association, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Meyer, H. (03-2003). Researching a captured audience -ethics in teacher research Paper presented at the North Central Sociological Association, Cincinnati, OH..
  • Meyer, H (04-2002). Novice and expert teachers conceptions of learners prior knowledge American Education Research Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Meyer, H (04-2002). Potential for creating best practice in teacher education American Education Research Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Stallworth, J., Meyer, H., Harkness, S., & Stinson, K. (04-2009). Middle grade teachers' characterizations of integrated mathematics and science instruction To be presented at the Annual meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching, Anaheim, CA.
  • Harkness, S., Stinson, K., Meyer, H., & Stallworth, J. (11-2008). Informing mathemactics and science intergration professional development: Teachers' models, definitions, and constraints Presented at Annual meeting of School Science and Mathematics, Raleigh, NC.
  • Meyer, H. Maynard, K., & Harkness, S. (2010). Re-claiming the STEM curriculum for humanity Paper presented at the XIV World Congress of Comparative Education Societies, Istanbul Turkey.
  • Meyer, H., Woods, K., Dani, D., Jameson, A., Andreadis, M., Urbaitis, M., Burrows, A., Hutchinson, A., Maynard, M., & Marlow, M. (2010). Collaborative study: Improved pedagogy Annual meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Johnson, H., Kohan, M., Kroeger, S., Meyer, H., & Laine, C. (2012). Realizing Imagined Partnerships: Working towards a Common Goal, AACTE, Chicago, IL.

Paper Presentations

  • Basham, J.; Meyer, H.; Perry, E.; Johnson-Towels, L. (01-13-2010). Digital backpacks, problem based learning, and 21st century skills, Columbus, OH.
  • Meyer, H. (03-2010). Collaborative study - Improved pedagogy, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Maynard, K.; Meyer, H.; Harkness, S. (06-2010). Reclaiming the STEM curriculum for humanity, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Meyer, H. & Hutchinson, A. (03-2012). Pre-service Teachers Perceptions of Rural and Urban Students and Schools, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Stroud, M., Meyer, H. & Israel, M. (03-2012). Exploring STEM Proposals: Policy Implications, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Meyer, H. (06-2012). From Boutique to Institutional: Leveraging Grant Programs to Bring about Institutional Change, Arlington, VA.

Symposium

  • Johnson, H.,Kohan, M., Kroeger, S., Meyer, H., & Laine, C. (02-2012). Realizing Imagined Partnerships: Working towards a Common Goal. Chicago, Illinois..

Honors & Awards

  • CEEMS- The Cincinnati Engineering Education Mathematics and Science Program, NSF - MSP, 2011 to 2017.
  • An Investigation of Effective STEM Curricular Structures and Instructional Strategies, NSF - DR-K12, 2010 to 2014.
  • NOYCE Phase III: Master Teacher Planning Grant, 2010 to 2011.
  • PI NOYCE Phase II: Scholarships and Stipends, NSF, 2010 to 2015.
  • Southwest Ohio STEM Education Hub of OSLN, Ohio Broad of Regents, 2010 to 2011.
  • Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellows, 2010 to 2017.
  • Mathematics and Science Instructional Integration- Developing Teachers’ Knowledge and Practices., Ohio Southwest Center for Mathematics and Science, 2006 to 2008.

Experience & Service

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

  • 2009 to 2010 ,National Association for Research in Science Teaching, . Program Committee Strand Coordinator - Science Teaching Middle and High School (Grades 5-12)
  • 11-2011 to 12-2011 ,Science Standardization and collaboration team, Teacher Performance Assistant Consortium
  • 06-2011 to 06-2011 ,Proposal Reviewer for Noyce Grants, National Science Foundation