Al Schademan, PhD
Dr. Schademan joined CSU, Chico in the fall of 2008 as an assistant professor of secondary pedagogy specializing in science education. Before his graduate work, he taught life, environmental, and earth science for eight years in both public and private schools. He also served as a wildlife and environmental educator for the state of Utah for two years. His research interests focus upon the learning and development of scientific modeling and model based reasoning as youth engage in cultural practices. The research is grounded in cultural historical activity theory and theories of social and cultural practice. The research is designed to confront deficit notions of youth from non-dominant groups and to inform educators seeking to build upon significant and relevant forms of knowledge that students learn though everyday practice and bring with them into classrooms. By drawing upon the rich resources of diverse students, by engaging students in authentic inquiry that includes scientific modeling, and by creating empowering educational contexts for today’s youth, the goal of his teaching and research is to promote equity and social justice in science education by fostering critical and reflective teachers and students of science.