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Deborah Hanuscin



  • Higher Ed: Education, Researcher 


Dr. Hanuscin holds a joint appointment in the Department of Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum (College of Education) and the Department of Physics and Astronomy (College of Arst & Sciences). She is on the faculty of the MU Science Education Center, which works toward the improvement of science teaching and learning, K-20, and the concomitant generation and communication of knowledge about science teaching and learning. 


Dr. Hanuscin's research focuses on teacher education and professional development to better understand how experiences shape teachers' classroom practices. 


Varma, T., Volkmann, M. J., & Hanuscin, D. (2009). Preservice elementary teachers' perceptions of their understanding of inquiry and inquiry-based science pedagogy: Influence of elementary science education methods course and science field experience. Journal of Elementary Science Education, 21(4).

Abell, S. K., Rogers, M. P., Hanuscin, D. L., Lee, M. H., & Gagnon, M. J. (2009) Preparing the next generation of science teacher educators: A model for developing PCK for teaching science teachers. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 20(9), 77-93.

Varma, T., & Hanuscin, D. (2008) Pre-service elementary teachers' field experiences in classrooms led by science specialists. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 19(6), 593-614.

Hanuscin, D. and Lee, M. H. (2008). Using the learning cycle as a model for teaching the learning cycle to preservice elementary teachers. Journal of Elementary Science Education, 20(2), 51-66.

Tucker, S. A., Hanuscin, D., & Bearnes, C. J. (2008). Igniting girls' interest in chemistry. Science, 319(5870), 1621-1622.

Hanuscin, D. (2007) The use of specialized laboratory facilities for science in elementary schools: A call for research. Journal of Elementary Science Education, 19(2), 59-64.

Taub, H. and Hanuscin, D. (2007) Writing scheme teaches science to non-scientists. Physics Education, 42, 562-564.

Hanuscin, D., Richard, M., Chandrasekhar, M., Corman, A., & Lapilli, C. (2007) Collaborative action research to improve classroom assessment in an introductory physics course for teachers. Journal of Physics Teacher Education, 4(2), 16-20.

Akerson, V.L., & Hanuscin, D. (2007) Teaching the nature of science through inquiry: Results of a three-year professional development program. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. 44(5), 653-680.

Hanuscin, D., & Musikul, K. (2007) School's IN for summer: An innovative field experience for elementary science methods. Journal of Elementary Science Education, 19(1), 57-68.

Hanuscin, D., Phillipson-Mower, T., & Akerson, V.L. (2006) Integrating nature of science instruction into a physical science content course for teachers: NOS views of teaching assistants. Science Education, 90(5), 912-935.