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Department of Teaching and Learning

Science Education Faculty

Dr. Dana Zeidler

Dr. Dana Zeidler

Professor - Program Coordinator for Science Education

(813) 974-3837 Fax

Office: 308A

Mailing Address:

College of Education
Dept of Teaching and Learning
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Ave., EDU105

Tampa, FL 33620-5650


Dr. Zeidler’s research program incorporates aspects of Argumentation and Discourse, Moral Reasoning and Character Formation, Epistemology and the Nature of Science into a theoretical framework using Socioscientific Issues as a means to facilitate scientific literacy. His work has attracted international attention and is cited widely both within and external to the community of science education. He has authored of over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, presented over 160 conference papers, workshops and lectures, and has given Keynote addresses and international talks in Canada, Hong Kong, France, Germany, India, The Netherlands, Slovenia, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United States on these and related topics in science education. He works closely with doctoral students and other leaders in the science education community.

Dr. Zeidler has served as the managing editor for the Journal of Science Teacher Education as well as serving on the editorial boards for the Journal of Research in Science Teaching and Science Education. He was the Co-Guest Editor for a special double issue on Socio-ethical Issues in Science Education for the Journal Science & Education.

Some of his notable honors and awards include:

Co-Editor for Journal of Research in Science Teaching, the official journal of NARST: A Worldwide Organization for Improving Science Teaching and Learning through Research (2015-2020).

Distinguished Visiting Professor of Science Education, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea.

Honorary Professor of Science and Environmental Studies, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, The University of Hong Kong, China.

Past President of NARST - A worldwide organization for improving science teaching and learning through research.
Executive Board of Directors, National Association for Research in Science Teaching, 2006-2009.
At Large Board of Directors, Association for Science Teacher Education (2008-2011).
Recipient for the Outstanding Mentor Award (2008), Association for Science Teacher Education.
Series Editor for Contemporary Trends in Science Education (Formerly Science and Technology Education Library Series), Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London, New York, Springer Publishers, (2008 to present).
Recipient for the 2006 Journal of Research in Science Teaching Award article (Troy D. Sadler & Dana L. Zeidler) entitled: "Patterns of informal reasoning in the context of socioscientific decision making," JRST, 42(1), 112-138. This honor reflects receiving the highest award from colleagues for the most significant contribution to research among all articles published in Volume 42 of JRST.
Recipient of the President’s Faculty Excellence Award (2003) to recognize faculty who are performing at a superior level over the past 5 years in receiving national and international recognition, whose contributions are fundamental to the future of the University, and whose high marketability places them in the highest risk of being recruited away. University of South Florida , Tampa, FL.
Past-President of the Southeastern Association for Science Teacher Education.
Conference Chair for the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education, Clearwater Beach, Florida.
Conference Chair for the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education, Clearwater Beach, Florida.

At the graduate level, Professor Zeidler has designed and taught a unique array of doctoral courses based on current and seminal research including:

• Socioscientific Issues in Science Education
• Moral and Ethical Issues in Science Education
• Epistemology, Reasoning & Cognition in Science Education
• Philosophy and the Nature of Science
• Qualitative Inquiry
• Philosophical Issues in Science Education
• Trends in Science Education

At the undergraduate level, he teaches the science methods courses at the University of South Florida (K-12). Dr. Zeidler has helped to bring national and state reform standards to the classroom by emulating best practice(s) approaches to enhance inquiry learning and develop scientific habits of mind in his pedagogical techniques.


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