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Elementary & Early Childhood

Lovinger Building Room 3300
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4235
Fax: 660.543.4382
Dr. Nicole Nickens, Chair





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Burkett, Ruth

Dr. Ruth BurkettDr. Ruth S. Burkett
Associate Professor of Science Education
Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Lovinger Room 3182

Phone:  660-543-4787
Email:  rburkett@ucmo.edu 

Degrees

Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 2002.
M.Ed. Elementary Education, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, 1969.
B.S. Biology, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, 1966.

Classes Regularly Taught

ECEL 1310 Physics for Teachers (3 hours)
ECEL 1320 Biology for Teacher (3 hours)
ECEL 2310 Computers/Technology in Education (2 hours)
ECEL 4315 Integrating Technology (3 hours)
ECEL 4350 Elementary Science Teaching Strategies (3 hours)
ECEL 4400 Classroom Management (3 hours)
ECEL 4150 Student Teaching Professional Seminar (2 hours)
FLDX 4493/4495/4496 Student Teaching

Seminars / Conferences / Presentations
  
Yao, Y., Nickens, N., Thomas, M., Wallace, B., Aldrich, J., Mihalevich, C., Burkett, R., Foster, K., King, A., Powell-Brown, A., Frazier, R., & Lamson, S. (2005). Using real life data to investigate the scoring of electronic portfolios. Paper presented at the Association for Educational Research 2005 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada

Burkett, R. S., & Leard, C. (2005). Building the community of preservice elementary science learners/teachers: Incorporating team building activities in a preservice biology course, National Association for Research in Science Teaching. Dallas, TX.

Burkett, R. S., Leard, C., & Spector, B. S. (2005). Building the preservice community of learners: Team building activities with science metaphors. Paper presented at the Association for Science Teacher Education, Phoenix, AZ.

Spector, B. S., Leard, C., & Burkett, R. S. (2004). Experiencing “Stages of Grief”: Outcome of reform in science teacher education. Paper presented at National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Spector, B. S., Leard, C., & Burkett, R. S. (2004). MSTS inquiry: A critical MAT component. Paper presented at the Association for the Education of Teachers of Science, Nashville, TN.

Spector, B. S., Leard, C., & Burkett, R. S. (2004). A template for implementing NSES in middle and high school science methods courses. Paper presented at the Association for the Education of Teachers of Science, Nashville, TN.

Burkett, R. S. Pre-service teacher education: Using on-line discussions and electronic journals to enhance self-efficacy and attitudes toward the use of computers in the classroom. Chicago: Association for Educational Research in America.

Spector, B.S. & Burkett, R. S. (2003) Factors contributing to tension emerging in a relaxed, risk free Preservice methods class for teaching science in elementary grades. Philadelphia: National Association for Research in Science Teaching.

Spector, B.S. & Burkett, R. S. (2003) MSTS Inquiry for Career Change Teachers. Baltimore, MD: National Association for Science, Technology and Society 18th Annual meeting and Conference.

Burkett, R. S. & Spector, B.S. (2003) “Use yourself as a learning laboratory:” A strategy to mitigate preservice elementary teachers’ resistance to teaching through inquiry. St. Louis, MO: Association for the Education of Teachers of Science Annual Conference.

Burkett, R. S., Leard, C. & Spector, B.S. (2002) Using an electronic bulletin board in science education classes: Issues and tradeoffs. Kennesaw, GA: Association for the Education of Teachers of Science Southeastern Regional Conference.

Spector, B. S. and Burkett, R. S. (2002) Using a science museum to mitigate preservice teachers' resistance to inquiry. New Orleans, LA: National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual Conference

Burkett, R. S. & Spector, B. S. (2002) So you want to use and electronic bulletin board in your STS course. Baltimore, MD: National Association for Science, Technology and Society 17th Annual meeting and Conference.

Spector, B. S., Burkett, R.,& Duke, M. (2001) Changing preservice elementary teachers' perceptions of the nature of science and science teaching. Denver, CO: Sixth International History, Philosophy and Science teaching Conference.

Burkett, R. S. & Spector, B.S. (2001)Enhancing motivation: Publishing student projects on the Web. St. Petersburg, FL: Florida Higher Education Consortium 10th Statewide Conference.

Burkett, R. S., Spector, B.S. (2001) Students' projects: Is there life after grading? Tampa, FL: Southeastern Association for the Education of Teachers in Science: 2001 Conference.

deVerteuil, N., Spector, B.S. & Burkett, R. S. (2001) Integrating technology in science teaching: Can we stop talking past each other? Tampa, FL: Southeastern Association for the Education of Teachers in Science: 2001 Conference.

McClintock, E., July, R., Spector, B. S. & Burkett, R. S. (2001) Mathematics/science/technology/society (MSTS) Web-based learning, Track I. Jacksonville, FL: 12th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning.

Burkett, R. (2001) The biological basis for gender differences in Web-based "discussions" and assessment. Costa Mesa, CA: Association for the Education of Teachers in Science Annual Conference.

Steffen, C., Spector, B. S., Burkett, R., & deVerteuil, N. (2001) Students' reactions to constructivist Web-based learning of STS. Costa Mesa, CA: Association for Education of Teachers in Science Annual Conference.

Recent Publications / Research

Spector, B.S., Burkett, R. S., & Leard, C. (2005) Mitigating resistance to teaching science through inquiry: Studying self. Journal of Science Teacher Education (17). Boston: Springer Publishing. (Accepted for publication.)

Spector, B. S., Burkett, R. S., & Leard, C. (2005). Using informal education settings to teach the nature of science. In W. McComas (Ed.), The Nature of Science in Science Education (Second ed.). Boston: Kluwer. (Accepted for Publication.)

Burkett, R.S. (Ed.) (2005, 2006) Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education Journal. Available online http://www.citejournal.org/vol4/iss2/

Burkett, R. S., Spector, B. S., & Leard, C. (2005). “Hey! What’re ya thinkin’?" Developing teachers as reflective practitioners. In R. E. Yager (Ed.), Exemplary science: Best practices in professional development. Washington, DC: NSTA Press.

Burkett, R. S., Leard, C., & Spector, B. S. (2004) Using an electronic bulletin board in science teacher education: Issues and tradeoffs. Journal of Interactive Online Learning, 3 (1) Available online http://www.ncolr.org/jiol/archives/2004/summer/01/index.htm

Spector, B.S. & Burkett, R. S. (2004) MSTS Inquiry for career change teachers. Bulletin of Science, Technology, and Society (23) 4. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Spector, B.S. & Burkett, R. S. (2003) Factors contributing to tension emerging in a relaxed, risk free Preservice methods class for teaching science in elementary grades Philadelphia: Annual Conference Proceedings of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching.

Spector, B. S., Burkett, R. S., & Steffen, C. O. (2002) Factors contributing to preservice teachers’ discomfort in a web-based course structured as an inquiry. Journal of Educational Technology Systems. Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing Company, Inc.

Spector, B. S., Burkett, R.,& Duke, M. (2001) Changing preservice elementary teachers' perceptions of the nature of science and science teaching. Denver, CO: Proceedings of the Sixth International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Conference.

Burkett. R., Macy, M., White, J. and Feyten, C. (Eds,). (2001) Pre-service Teacher Education. In Willis, D., Price, J., & Willis, J. (Eds.) Society for Instructional Technology Education (SITE) Annual Conference Proceedings. (pp. 1513 - 1819). Charlottesville, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.

Burkett. R. (2001) The biological basis for gender differences in Web-based "discussions" and assessment. Association for the Education of Teachers in Science Conference Proceedings. Costa Mesa, CA: Association for the Education of Teachers in Science Annual Conference.

Contact Ruth Burkett at rburkett@ucmo.edu