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Steve Bennett

Job Title

  • Associate Professor of Education
    Education, College of Arts and Sciences

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Areas of expertise include biology, chemistry and environmental education. Steve taught these subjects in high schools and community colleges in Michigan and Wisconsin. His research interest is the bridging of science teaching methods and cognitive science.

Started at Bethel

2017

Education

  • Michigan State University - B.S. in Crop and Soil Sciences, 1984
  • Michigan State University - M.S. in Crop and Soil Sciences, 1986
  • Michigan State University - Ph.D. , 2017

Courses Taught

EDU371

NAS101

NAS400

Awards

Dissertation completion fellowship, 2017
Research enhancement fellowship, 2016
Summer research development fellowships, 2013, 2014, 2015
Adjunct Instructor of the Year, Oakland Community College, 2012
Adjunct Instructor of the Year, finalist, Oakland Community College, 2008
Adjunct Instructor of the Year, student nominee, Oakland Community College, 2007 & 2009
Outstanding Teacher (Faculty Choice Award nominee), Waukesha North High School, 2006
State finalist, Herb Kohl Education Foundation Teacher Fellowship, 2005
Outstanding Teacher Award, Waukesha North Site Council, 2005
Outstanding Teacher (Student Choice Award), 2003

Publications

Bennett, S. & Gotwals, A.W. (2017). Construction with scaffolds: Helping community college students build explanations. Journal of College Science Teaching, 46(6), 12-19.

Gotwals, A.W., Philhower, J., Cisterna, D. & Bennett, S. (2015). Using video to examine formative assessment practices as a measure of expertise for mathematics and science teachers. [Special Issue] International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 13(2), 405-423.

Presentations

Bennett, S., Trujillo, C.M., Gotwals, A.W. & Long, T. A. (2017, April). Student Use of Deep Approaches to Modeling in an Introductory Biology Course. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching International Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Bennett, S., Trujillo, C.M., Gotwals, A.W. & Long, T. (2016, August). Modeling and Model- Based Reasoning in STEM Conference poster session, West Lafayette, IN.

Bennett, S. Gotwals, A.W. & Long, T. (2016, April). Investigating student use of deep learning strategies in a student-centered learning environment. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching International Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Bennett, S. & Gotwals, A.W. (March, 2015). Formative Assessment for Science Teachers. Annual meeting of the National Science Teachers Association National Conference, Chicago, IL

Bennett, S., (2014, October). Scientific explanations: Building skills among non-science majors at a community college. National Science Teachers Association Regional Conference, Richmond, VA.

Bennett, S. & Gotwals, A.W. (2014, April). Evidence-based explanation skills of non-science majors at a community college. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching International Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Gotwals, A.W., Philhower, J., Cisterna, D. & Bennett, S, 2014 CREATE 4 STEM mini conference poster session, East Lansing, MI.

Slater, A., Bennett, S. & Gotwals, A.W. (April, 2014). Policy churn and the micro-level implementation of a statewide professional development program. Co-Presenter, American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST)

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)

International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)

The Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER)

Hobbies and Interests

Playing in brass ensembles and bands

Gardening

Fly fishing

Canoeing

Camping

Birding