Energy in the Human Body

A Middle School Life Science Curriculum

  • Mary Anne Rea-Ramirez has her doctorate in Science and Technology education and was the primary author of the Energy in the Human Body Curriculum while Senior Program Director at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her primary research area involves investigating student development of complex mental models in biology using new pedagogical strategies. Professor Ramirez comes with a varied background in medicine and education, having practiced nurse-midwifery for 15 years and taught at the elementary through college levels. She is now the Program Coordinator of the Teachers College ELL program at Western Governors University as well as a member of the science faculty.
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  • Maria Cecilia Nunez-Oviedo is currently an Assistant Professor at the Universidad de Conception in Chile. Her research focuses primarily on student-teacher con-construction of mental models. In addition, Dr. Nunez is active in preparation of new teachers.
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  • John Clement has been engaged in research on learning in mathematics and science at the University of Massachusetts for the past 20 years. His current research is focused on methods for helping students form and use visualizable models in science. This research is enhanced by studies of mental models used by expert scientists during problem solving. Professor Clement is a faculty member in the School of Education and the Scientific Reasoning Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
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