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nadine mchenry, edd, professor

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Nadine McHenry EdD

Professor

  • EdD Curriculum Theory and Development 1993

    Temple University (PA)

  • ED 1221 Implementing the Middle School Curriculum

  • ED 1424 Science Instruction and Assessment in Middle School

  • ED 1325 Advanced Assessment in the Middle School

  • ED 1307 Science Methods

  • ED 388 A Cross Cultural Comparison: Education in the US and Trinidad

My research interests have focused on teacher education and professional development for many years. Working with teachers in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the US, I designed and implemented a program where participating teachers learned about inquiry based teaching strategies in science. Given this training, the teachers then collaborated and shared their classrooms' and students’ work via Skype so that the children could get a sense of both the commonalities and the differences between the scientific concepts learned in two very different environments. My interest in inquiry based teaching and learning strategies was also clearly present in my current work with SE Delco teachers who learned the inquiry process and then were videotaped to examine the consistency of their teaching practices with their training. 

In both of these cases, I have learned of the importance of culture in the development of teachers who can work effectively with their students. Knowing the community is an implicit requirement of being an effective teacher. My current research interests focus on the design and implementation of a community-immersed teacher education program that focuses on the development of our teacher candidates into culturally responsive teachers who can successfully work with the diverse children that make up US classrooms today.

  • Widener University Civic Engagement Award 2011

  • Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award, Neumann College, 1999

  • $350,000 NSF Start Grant: For improving teachers' understanding/use of sustainability - Leadership Team

  • McHenry, N., Alvare, B., Bowes, K., & Childs, A. (2013). Sharing the environment: Cultural exchange through inquiry-based environmental education. International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 8(2), 381–400. DOI:10.12973/iijese.2013.207a

  • McHenry, N. and Borger, L. (2013). How can teacher-directed professional development lead to the identification, utilization, reflection on and revision of 5E learning progressions. Electronic Journal of Science Education, 17 (1), 1-24.

  • McHenry, N. (2011). Teacher education in the community: Integrating field work through service learning and community engagement. In Ledoux, M. W., Wilhite, S.C. & Silver, P. (Eds.). Civic engagement and service learning in a metropolitan university: Multiple approaches and perspectives. Hauppauge, N.Y.: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Eastern Educational Research Association (EERA)