Dr. Michele A. Korb earned her undergraduate degree in Secondary Education, Broad Field Science and in Biology (B.S.)(1989, Marquette University). Following that, she taught high school biology, physiology, physical science and introductory level physics (for the Marquette University Upward Bound Program) from 1989 – 1996. She then returned to Marquette to complete a master's degree in Educational Policy and Leadership (emphasis in science education, 1998). Upon graduating from Marquette, she was hired to teach full time in Marquette's Department of Biological Sciences and eventually, in the College of Education (teaching pre-service teachers science methods) and Physics department (teaching a general science course she designed for education majors). Michele spent her 10 years teaching at Marquette forging collaborative efforts between the College of Education and the science departments on campus in order to strengthen the dialogue concerning science education. Before leaving Marquette (May 2009), Dr. Korb designed a program of studies for a major in Science Education for Elementary/ Middle School teaching candidates. During all of her teaching years, Michele has been a firm advocate of discovery learning and student-centered curriculum, especially in the area of biolmolecular literacy. Designing this type of curriculum has become a forte and a passion.
In 2001, she began using models from the Center for Biomolecular Modeling (CBM) at Milwaukee School Of Engineering in her science courses (general science for education majors; biology for majors) at Marquette to foster hands-on discovery of biochemistry and physical science concepts. Currently, Dr. Korb is the internal evaluator for the Science Education Partnership Award, an NIH, 5-year grant, with the CBM. She used this opportunity to complete her doctoral research and dissertation in developing assessment tools for the use of biomolecular models in high school programs (Ph.D. in science education, Marquette University, 2009). She is currently evaluating the use of curriculum in high schools related to the used of physical models of proteins to understand molecular biology.
Dr. Korb is currently an Assistant Professor in Science Education at California State University, East Bay in the Teacher Education Department. She teaches Science Methods for elementary teaching candidates, environmental sciences and courses in health and safety in schools.
Pre-service Teacher Science Education preparation/ Developing science education programs
Knowledge frameworks and anchored learning in high school/ college science courses
Using remote technologies for enhancing discovery learning in science
Development of diagnostic instruments for improving curriculum and pedagogy
- BS 1989 Marquette University
- MA 1998 Marquette University
- PhD 2009 Marquette University
Kathryn Hadley and Michele Korb, "Through the Bugscope", Science and Children, September 2007 (note: K. Hadley is a former, education student and current educational practitioner).
Michele A. Korb, Christopher Sirola and Rebecca Climack. Journal of College Science Teaching (March/ April 2005) "Promoting Physical Science to Preservice Teachers."
Umesh Thakkar, Glenn A. Fried, Benjamin A. Grosser, Scott J. Robinson, Daniel E. Weber, Michele A. Korb, Judy A. Lee. (2003) "Integrating Remote Scientific Instrumentation in the Curriculum to Support Inquiry: Case Studies in Preservice and Inservice Teacher Education". SITE Technology Convention, TN
Michele A. Korb, Poster presentation (February, 2010) at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) convention, "Bugscope in K-5 Science Classrooms: Building Inquiring Minds"
Michele A. Korb, Paper presentation (accepted for April, 2009) at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) convention, "Investigating Changes in Knowledge Frameworks among High School Learners Regarding the Central Dogma of Biology.
Symposium presentation: American Educational Research Association (AERA); April 2007. “Teaching and Learning Physical Science in Urban Secondary Schools: Assessing the Assessments.” Joan Whipp, Michael Politano, Michele Korb, Marquette University; Mel Sabella, Chicago State University; David Hammer, University of Maryland; Kristi Gettelman, Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning; Kelly Kushner, Shorewood Intermediate School; Megan Ferger, Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts
Michele A. Korb, Presentation (2007) April meeting of the American Physics Association in Syracuse, NY. “Teaching and Learning Physical Science in Urban Secondary Schools: Assessing the Assessments.”
Michele Korb, Poster Presentation (2002) Hawai’i International Conference on Technology, Honolulu, Hawai’i “Impact of Online Video Analysis on Teacher Preparation”
Math Science Partnership, National Science Foundation, , , Received June 6, 2010, $11.5 million, For June 6, 2010 to June 6, 2015, Preparing middle school teachers in science
2005 – present – Internal Evaluator for NIH (SEPA) grant, "From Bench to Bedside: Molecular Stories of Research-Based Health Care", evaluation of educational practices, design of curriculum and assessment tools for high school science programs related to molecular biology.
2009 – External Evaluator, NSF Grant, Marquette University, "Research Experiences for Undergraduate Sites"
2009-2010 – Secondary External Evaluator, Marquette University, Noyce Scholar Program, will review data each semester and participate in the one day of program evaluation each spring, evaluate curriculum and teacher training.
2009-2012- Participant, UC-Berkeley, Lawrence Hall of Science, GEMS program in Space Science Curriculum for Middle School Teachers; study of curriculum implementation.
Michele Korb, School of Education, Mentor, Summer (2003) “Preservice Elementary Teachers: Attitudes, Beliefs and Recommendations Regarding Science Education.” Rebecca Climack, Marquette University McNair Scholars Program.
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