Deborah Hanuscin

Professional Title
Assistant Professor
About Me (Bio)
I received my PhD from Indiana University in 2004, then worked at the University of Missouri, where I held a joint appointment in the Department of Physics & Astronomy and in Learning Teaching, & Curriculum. I relocated to Western Washington University in 2017, where I work in the Departments of Elementary Education and Science, Math, & Technology Education.
Citations of DRK-12 or Related Work (DRK-12 work is denoted by *)
  • Hanuscin, D. Cisterna, D. & Lipsitz, K. (2018). Elementary teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge for teaching the structure and properties of matter. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 29(8), 665-692.
Western Washington University (WWU)

This project seeks to better understand how teachers' capacity and willingness to customize instructional approaches to meet standards and the needs of diverse student populations develops through initial practice and successive enactments of curriculum materials. This work will address current gaps in the literature and contribute to an overall understanding of how teachers develop the capacity to use curricula in ways that advance the goal of equitable science instruction.

Western Washington University (WWU)

The fundamental purpose of this project is to examine and gather initial validity evidence for assessments designed to measure and build kindergarten-fifth grade science teachers' content knowledge for teaching (CKT) about matter and its interactions in teacher education settings.

University of Missouri

This project is examining an innovative model of situated Professional Development (PD) and the contribution of controlled teaching experiences to teacher learning and, as a result, to student learning. The project is carrying out intensive research about an existing special PD summer institute (QuEST) that has been in existence for more than five years through a state Improving Teacher Quality Grants program.