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Linda H. Plevyak

Title: Associate Professor
Office: 511F Teachers College
Tel: 513-556-5106
Email: plevyalh@ucmail.uc.edu

Dr. Linda Plevyak received a bachelor degree in history from UC and a teaching credential in K-8 from Chapman University. Plevyak taught Kindergarten, first and third grade in California for three years before receiving a Master of Education from UC. She taught social studies methods at Ohio State University while receiving a Ph.D. in teacher education. Her major area of study includes environmental education. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Georgia Southern University as well as established a field-based experience course for preservice teachers.

Education

  • B.A., University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1986 (History).
  • Teaching Credential, Chapman University, Palmdale, CA, 1990 (Elementary Education (K-8) ).
  • M.Ed., University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1993 (Curriculum and Instruction ).
  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 1997 (Teacher Education and Environmental Education).

Research Information

Research Support

  • UC Forward Course grant to develop a course entitled: Surviving Climate Change. . 5800. 2012.
  • (Collaborator), Boat, Mary Barbara; Brown, Rhonda; Carr, Victoria; Johnson, Carla; Kloos, Adelheid; Kuschner, David; Meyer, Helen; Moomaw, Sally Coup; Pan, Wei; Plevyak, Linda, Playscapes: Designed Nature Environments to Promote Informal Science Learning, National Science Foundation. (NSF DRL-1114674), $330,124.00. 10-01-2011 to 09-30-2013. Status: Active.

Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Plevyak, L.; Mayfield, A. (2007). Water within their world. Community Works Journal, 6 (2), 26-30.
  • Plevyak,L.H.; Mayfield, A. (2006). Water in their world. Clearing: Teaching resources for ecology, sustainability, and community, 119(1), 22-25.
  • Plevyak, L. (2006). Preservice teachers’ learning in an inquiry-based early childhood education (prek-3) science methods course. Journal of Elementary Science Education.
  • Plevyak, L.;Mayfield, A. (2006). Water within their world. Taproot: A Publication of the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors, 16 (1), 478-8.
  • Plevyak, L. (2003). Parent involvement in education: who decides. Education Digest, 69(2), 32-38.
  • Plevyak, L.; Morris, K. (2002). Why is kindergarten an endangered species?. Education Digest, 67(7), 23-26.
  • Plevyak,L.; Bendixen-Noe, M.; Henderson,J.; Roth, R. E.; Wilke, R. (2001). Level of teacher preparation and implementation of ee: Mandated and non-mandated ee teacher preparation states. Journal of Environmental Education, 32(2), 28-36.
  • Plevyak, L. (2001). The communications triangle of parents, school administrators, and teachers: A workshop model. Education Journal.
  • Plevyak, L. (2000). What we value: A survey of one community’s beliefs. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 12 (4).
  • Plevyak, L. Beliefs of parents toward parental involvement in education. Community Education Journal.
  • Plevyak, L. (2007). (In Press). Preservice teachers’ learning in an inquiry-based early childhood education (Prek-3) science methods course. . Journal of Elementary Science Education , 19 (1), 1.
  • Plevyak, L. & Campbell, K. (2008). Multiple intelligences: Analysis of a language arts curriculum. . Ohio Journal of English Language Arts, 48 (2), 53.
  • Plevyak, L. & Carr, V. (2011). Science and young children: Integrating investigation into everyday experiences. . Every Child, 17 (3), 32.
  • Plevyak, L., Arlington, B. (2012). Children as natural scientists: Their use of process skills to learn about worms and fish. , . Science and Children, 50 (1), 54.
  • Power, K., Plevyak, L., & DeWitt, S. (2012). How teachers perceive their own efficacy towards teaching social studies. . Global Education Journal, 2012 (1), 82.
  • Plevyak, L., & Williford, T. (2012). Connecting teacher education to the elementary classroom: Integrating literacy and social studies within a field trip. . Social Studies Journal, 35 (2 ), 39.
  • Debele, M., & Plevyak, L. (2012). Conditions for successful use of technology in social studies classrooms. . Computers in the Schools, 29 (3), 285.

Book Chapters

  • Plevyak,L. (2005). Addressing the content areas in inclusive early childhood settings: prekindergarten, kindergarten, and primary grades. Engaging students in scientific investigations Upper Saddle river, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  • Plevyak,L. (2005). Addressing the content areas in inclusive early childhood settings: prekindergarten, kindergarten, and primary grades. Environmental education and the world around us Upper Saddle river, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  • Plevyak,L. (2005). Gender and schooling in the early years: preschool through grade three. Science education and gender: The early years Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.
  • Plevyak,L. (2003). Characteristics of faculty members in personnel preparation programs. Personnel preparation in early childhood special education: Chapter 7.
  • Miller,P.; Bauer,A.; Plevyak,L.;Carr,V.; Johnson,L.J.; Fong,L. (2002). Dec personnel preparation in early childhood education: implementing the dec recommended practices. Characteristics of faculty members in personnel preparation programs (pp.139-159)..
  • Plevyak, L.; Mayfield, A. (2010). Environmental education within early childhood. Association of Science Teacher Education Monograph: The Inclusion of Environmental Education in Science Teacher New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Plevyak, L. H. (2007). Home literacy of kindergartners: A look at successful practices Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children, Columbus, OH.
  • Plevyak, L. (04-2006). Children as natural scientists: how do they think about and learn science concepts Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children, Columbus, OH.
  • Plevyak, L. (04-2005). How a field trip to the zoo changed preservice teachers' ideas on the inquiry process Paper presented at the National Association for the Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Dallas, TX.
  • Plevyak, L. (01-2005). Cincinnati zoo science inquiry project Paper presented at the Cincinnati Zoo Earth Expeditions conference, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Plevyak, L. H. (04-2004). Implementation of OH science standards within an undergraduate Science Methods course Paper presented at the Spring OCTEO Conference OH Confederation of Teacher Education Organizations Annual Meeting, Columbus, OH.
  • Plevyak, L. H. (04-2004). Inquiry study on connecting the community to the classroom Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.
  • Plevyak, L. H., & Mayfield, A. (04-2004). Pre-service teachers' learning in an inquiry-based Early Childhood Education science course Paper presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC.
  • Plevyak, L. H., & Mayfield, A. (04-2004). Pre-service teachers Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.
  • Plevyak, L. H. (11-2003). Infusing civic engagement and responsibilities into your science classrooms Paper presented at the Lilly Conference, Miami, OH.
  • Plevyak, L. (11-2002). Exemplary programs and practices in science teacher education Paper presented at the Ohio Project to Enhance Undergraduate Science Education Meeting, Columbus, OH.
  • Plevyak, L. (11-2002). Exemplary programs and practices in science teacher education Ohio Project to Enhance Undergraduate Science Education, Columbus, OH.
  • Plevyak, L. (03-2002). Science and Inquiry Learning Within Preservice Teacher Education Paper presented at the National Science Teachers Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Plevyak, L.;Mayfield, A. (04-2008). Inquiry learning and the outdoors: What nature can teach us Environmental Education Council of Ohio Conference, Columbus, OH.

Paper Presentations

  • Plevyak, L. (03-2012). Investigating student understanding of recycling and composting over the course of an environmental inquiry project., Indianapolis, IN.
  • Plevyak, L. (03-2012). Evolution of student behavior within an environmental inquiry project., Indianapolis, IN.
  • Plevyak, L. (10-2011). Understanding the impact of an environmental inquiry waste reduction project., Raleigh, NC.

Honors & Awards

  • Member, Academy of Fellows for Teaching & Learning, 06-2007.
  • Cincinnatus Honorary , 1986.
  • Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, 1986.
  • Graduate Scholarship for Masters Degree in Education, 1993.
  • Kappa Delta Pi Education Honorary, University of Cincinnati Chapter , 1993.
  • Phi Delta Kappa Education Honorary, Ohio State University Chapter, 1995.
  • Graduate Student Scholarship, North American Assoc. for Environmental Educ., (NAAEE), 1995.
  • Conference Scholarship for Research recipient, North American Assoc. for Environmental Education, (NAAEE) , 1996.
  • Presidential Fellowship Nominee, university-wide, The Ohio State University , 1996.
  • Educator of the Year Award Nominee, Georgia Southern University , 1999.
  • All-University Graduate Faculty, 2000.
  • Faculty Bonus Award Recipient for Service, 2006.
  • Outstanding Learning Community Partner Award, Center for First Year Experience, 2007.
  • Who’s Who of American Women, 2009.
  • Named “Outstanding Educator for 2011” by Cincinnati Magazine. , 2011.

Experience & Service

Events Organized

  • Conference. National Science Teacher’s Association Annual Meeting (2012, Indianapolis, IN .
  • Conference. Evolution of student behavior within an environmental inquiry project presented at the National Science Teacher’s Association Annual Meeting (2012, Indianapolis, IN .
  • Conference. Understanding the impact of an environmental inquiry waste reduction project. Paper presented at the North American Association for EnvironmentUnderstanding the impact of an environmental inquiry waste reduction project presented at the North American Association for Environmental Education Annual Meeting (2011, Raleigh, NC .
  • Conference. Using problem-based learning to develop higher order thinking skills presented at the Battelle: Making Ohio Schools Work Annual Meeting (2011, Columbus, OH .
  • Conference. “Effective Teaching Methods in Science and Math.” Agastya International Foundation (2010, Andhra Pradesh, India.
  • Conference. “Inquiry Learning & the Outdoors: What Nature Can Teach Us.” Environmental Education Council of Ohio Conference (2008, Loudonville, OH .
  • Conference. “Home Literacy of Kindergartners: A Look at Successful Practices.” Association of the Education of Young Children Conference , Columbus, OH .

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

  • 2011 to 2013 ,President, . The Academy of Fellows for Teaching and Learning. University organization that requires nomination, member application ,and interviews for acceptance. Promote the scholarship of teaching and learning.