My expertise and teaching interest is in secondary science teacher preparation. My primary research interest includes prospective science teachers’ knowledge development as it pertains to inquiry-based instruction. Currently I am a Master Teacher in the UAteach Program where I teach science pedagogy courses and supervise secondary math and science teacher candidates. Prior to coming to the University, I enjoyed working and teaching at the community college level for 4 years and teaching high school science for 18 years.
- Inquiry Instruction
- Prospective science teachers' understanding of inquiry instruction
- Student misconceptions in biology
- Nature of science
- Pedagogical content knowledge
- Pre-service teacher education preparation
Teacher Education Courses Taught, University of Arkansas
- ARSC 1201: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching I
- ARSC 1221: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design
- STEM 4409: Supervised Clinical Teaching
- CIED 3143: Teaching Science (Elementary Science Methods)
- CIED 5223: Issues and Principles in Secondary Education (Graduate)
- CIED 5032: Curriculum Design (Graduate)
- CIED 5263: Measurement and Evaluation (Graduate)
- CIED 1002: Introduction to Education
- Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction in Education (with science education focus), University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR - 2016
- M.S. Interdisciplinary Studies, Texas A&M University, Texarkana, TX -2009
- B.S.E. Curriculum and Instruction, Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR -1987
Goering, C.Z., Witte, S., Jennings-Davis, J., Ward, P., Flammang, B., & Gerhardson, A. (Dec. 2015). The ‘Hollywoodization’ of education reform in Won’t Back Down. Journal of Curriculum & Pedagogy (p. 205-222). Routledge.
Ward, P. (2014). Teaching for conceptual understanding. In W. F. McComas (Ed.) The language of science education (p. 101). Boston: Sense Publishers. (Note: I made multiple other contributions to this book as well.)
Ward, P., Layton, K., Dennis, E., McKinley, N. (2015, May). Building your student organization. Presented at the UTeach Conference, Austin, TX.
Ward P., Bell, W., & Heath, C. (2014, November). Using radiometers to teach the nature of science. Presented at the Arkansas Curriculum Conference, Little Rock, AR. (Note: I mentored and worked closely with students as they developed this lesson, then I worked closely with them to develop it into a presentation.)
Ward, P., Wissehr, C., Wavering, M. (2014, January). The affective nature of PCK. Presented at the Association for Science Teacher Education, San Antonio, TX.
Murie, K., Ward, P., & Wood, L. (2013 June). Using Bernoulli’s principle to teach nature of science. Presented at The International History and Philosophy of Science Teachers Conference, Pittsburg, PA.
Ward, P., Wissehr, C. Walker, R., Kimbell, H, & Wood, L. (2013 January). Using book talks to enhance Cchildren’s knowledge of native wildlife species, Presented at the Association for Science Teacher Education Conference, Charleston, SC.
Ward, P. & Murie, K. (2012, November). Linking and Leveraging: Making relevant connections in biology, Presented at the Arkansas Curriculum Conference, Little Rock, AR.
Using the 5E Lesson Design Model to Facilitate Inquiry Instruction Congruent with the new Arkansas Science Standards, University of Arkansas Science & Engineering Partnerships.
- Fayetteville, AR, October 10, 2015
- Forest City, AR, October 17, 2015
Honors & Awards
- Outstanding Mentor, University of Arkansas (2014-2015)
- Sandra K. Abell Doctoral Institute, Washington, DC (2013)
- Arkansas Council for Women in Higher Education Scholarship Recipient (ACWHE) (2010)