Jamie Mikeska


Professional Title: 
Associate Research Scientist
About Me (Bio): 
Jamie N. Mikeska completed her Ph.D. in the Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy graduate program at Michigan State University in 2010. Since 2013, she has served as an associate research scientist in the Understanding Teaching Quality research group at Educational Testing Service (ETS). She is currently principal investigator on two NSF funded studies. The first one is a NSF EAGER project examining how two types of science measures -- practice-based content knowledge for teaching (CKT) items and subject matter knowledge items – assess distinct aspects of elementary teacher’s knowledge and how these measures relate to other indicators of teachers’ professional preparation and experience. The second project is funded through the NSF DRK-12 program and proposes to develop, pilot, and validate a set of performance-based tasks delivered within a simulated classroom environment in order to improve preservice elementary teachers’ ability to orchestrate discussions in science and math. During her post-doctoral appointment, she served as project director on a research study that examined how informal science institutions can best design resources to support teachers, administrators, and families in helping middle school students learn how to conduct scientific investigations and better understand the nature of science. In addition, during her graduate studies, she worked for four years on a research project examining the effects of science-specific professional development on teachers’ knowledge and teaching practices and the learning and engagement of their students. Prior to graduate school, she taught elementary school for five years in Montgomery County, MD and earned her National Board certification during her tenure as a public school teacher. Her research interests center on the connection between professional development, science teachers’ learning and classroom practice, and students’ achievement and engagement.
Educational Testing Service (ETS)

The project will develop, pilot, and validate eight discussion-oriented performance tasks that will be embedded in an online simulated classroom environment. The resulting research and development products could be used nationwide in teacher preparation and professional development settings to assess and develop teachers' ability to support classroom discussion in science and mathematics.

American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Michigan State University (MSU)

This project hypothesizes that learners must have access to the real work of scientists if they are to learn both about the nature of science and to do inquiry themselves. It explores the question "How can informal science education institutions best design resources to support teachers, school administrators, and families in the teaching and learning of students to conduct scientific investigations and better understand the nature of science?"