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BIOJoni Falk co-directs the Center for School Reform at TERC, a nonprofit research and development institution aimed at improving mathematics and science teaching and learning. Much of her recent work has focused on creating and researching electronic learning communities. She is currently the Principal Investigator or MSPnet.org the electronic learning community that supports NSF's Math and Science Partnership Program, and of IGERT.org the collaborative community created for NSF's flagship IGERT program (Interdisciplinary Graduate Education and Research Traineeship program).
She is co-editor of, and a contributor to, a recently published book entitled "Creating and Sustaining Online Professional Learning Communities."
In addition to developing and researching e-communities for leaders engaged in educational reform, Falk is also Co-PI of two research projects that are studying the effects of technology infusion on science teaching and learning. These are "Researching Science in the Wireless High School" and "Infusing Web-based Digital Resources into the Middle School Science Classroom: Strategies and Challenges."
Joni has a particular interest in science inquiry at the middle school level. She was Principal Investigator of "Eyes to the Future" an NSF funded tele-mentoring project that connects middle school girls with high school role models and women scientists and also of a research project "The Inquiry-based Classroom in Context," a research project studying the gap between teachers' practice and policy mandates.
Joni's areas of expertise include electronic communities of practice, science inquiry in middle school, technology that supports science education, and systemic reform.
RECENT PUBLICATIONSFalk, J.K. et al (2009). Structuring a virtual conference to facilitate collaboration and reflective dialogue. In J.K. Falk and B Drayton (Eds.), Creating and sustaining online professional learning communities (pp. 175-203) New York and London: Teachers College Press.
Falk, J.K. and Drayton B. (2009). MSPnet: Design Dimensions for Nested Learning Communities. In J.K. Falk and B Drayton (Eds.), Creating and sustaining online professional learning communities (pp. 175-203) New York and London: Teachers College Press.
Drayton, B., J. K. Falk, R.Stroud, K. Hobbs, and J. Hammerman (2009) After Installation: Ubiquitous Computing and High School Science in Three Experienced, High-Technology Schools. Journal of Technology, Learning, and Assessment. 9(3). http://escholarship.bc.edu/jtla/vol9/3/
Falk, J., Lee, S-Y., and B. Drayton (2005). MSPnet: Nested communities interacting online. Presented at MSP Evalation Summit, Sept. 2005.
Falk, J, et al. (2005) Infusing Web-based Digital Resources into the Middle School Science Classroom: Strategies and Challenges (Presented to AERA annual meeting 2005)
Drayton, B. and J. Falk (2006) Dimensions that shape teacher-scientist collaborations for teacher enhancement. Science Education. 90(4).
Falk, J. and Brian Drayton (2004) State testing and inquiry based science: Are they complementary or competing reforms? Journal of Educational Change 5:4 344-387.
Falk, J and B. Drayton (2001b) Teachers' Definitions of Inquiry-based science in the context of systemic reform. Paper presented to AERA annual meeting, April 2001.
Falk, J. and B. Drayton (2001c) Cultivating a culture of inquiry. Hands On! Vol. 23 (2).
Falk, J. and Brian Drayton. (1999a) Local Systemic Change Network: From Policy to Enactment. Paper presented at MOFET International Conference 1999.
Falk, J. K. and Brian Drayton (1998) Many Futures: Mentoring Middle School Girls. Hands On! 21(3):24-28.