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Tonya Jeffery

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PROFESSIONAL ROLES

  • Higher Ed: Science, Higher Ed: Education, Teacher: Science 

BIO

Dr. Tonya Jeffery holds a doctorate degree in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in science education from the University of Houston, attained in 2012. Her master's and undergraduate degrees are also from the University of Houston. Dr. Jeffery is a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education in the College of Education. Her scholarship focuses on the recruitment and retention of beginning secondary science teachers, teacher beliefs and practices, teacher induction, and pre-service and in-service teacher professional development in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).


Prior to TAMUCC, Dr. Jeffery was a clinical associate professor at the University of Houston for three years, where she taught elementary and secondary school methods to math and science undergraduate and postbac majors. Dr. Jeffery has four years of experience working in public schools as a certified 4-8 science teacher, where she held the positions of science department chair, science fair coordinator, mentor to novice teachers as well as a classroom teacher in sixth through eighth grade science classroom settings. 

EXPERTISE

recruitment and retention of beginning secondary science teachers; nature of science, inquiry-based teaching; teacher beliefs and practices; teacher induction; and pre-service and in-service teacher professional development in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Bang, E., Wong, S. S., & Jeffery, T. (April, 2014). High school students' stereotypical images of scientists in South Korea. Mevlana International Journal of Education (MIJE), 4(1), pp. 96-112.