Lisa Kenyon

Biological Sciences
Biological Sciences Bldg 221A, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Education History

  • 2003-2005 Northwestern University, Postdoctoral Fellow (Center for Curriculum Materials in Science)
  • 1998-2003 University of Houston, Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction-Science Education
  • 1994-1997 Texas A&M University, M.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
  • 1987-1992 University of Missouri-Kansas City. B.S. Biology

Research Statement

My research focuses on student learning and teaching about scientific practices in K-12 and teacher education. I am currently involved in a collaborative NSF funded project called Supporting Scientific Practices in Elementary and Middle School Classrooms with Northwestern University, Michigan State, and University of Wisconsin at Madison. The project has two goals (a) To develop an integrated learning progression that articulates how argumentation, modeling and explanation work together and can build incrementally over time. We examine these practices across different scientific disciplines at both elementary and middle school grade bands, and (b) To conduct longitudinal studies of students’ performances and understandings in scientific practices to investigate how students can develop these performances and understandings incrementally over time.

Research Opportunities

There are opportunities in the Practices project for graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in science education, teacher education, cognition, and/or science learning. Students will be involved in video and audiotape data collection at elementary and middle schools (4-8), interviewing students and teachers, administering pre/post exams, collecting student and teacher work products such as student sheets and educative curriculum materials, transcribing video and data analysis.

I hold a dual appointment with the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Science and Mathematics and the Department of Teacher Education in the College of Education and Human Services where I teach biology and science education method courses.


Representative Publications

Todd, A. & Kenyon, L. (2016). Empirical refinements of a molecular genetics learning progression: The molecular constructs. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 53(9), 1385-1418

Berland, L.K., Schwarz, C.V., Krist, C ., Kenyon, L., Lo, A., & Reiser, B.J. (2016). Epistemologies in practice: Making scientific practices meaningful for studentsJournal of Research in Science Teaching 3(7), 1082-1112.

Todd, A. & Kenyon, L. (2016). How do Siamese cats get their color? Science Teacher, 83 (1), 29-33.

Fleming, M.A., Kenyon, L.O., Kenyon, L., & Upadhyay, B. (2015). Democratic science: Engaging middle school students in meaningful practices through community engagement. Education in a   Democracy: A Journal of the NNER, 7, 37-63.

Schwarz, C., Reiser, B., Acher, A., Kenyon, L., & Fortus, D. (2012). MoDeLS: Challenges in defining a learning progression for scientific modeling. In A. Alonzo & A. Gotwals (Eds.) Learning progressions in science (LeaPS): Current challenges and future directions. Sense Publishers.

Reiser, B.J., Berland, L.K, & Kenyon, L. (2012). Engaging students in the scientific practices of explanation and argumentation. Science Teacher74, 34-39; Science Scope35, 6-11; Science and Children49, 8-13.

Kenyon, L., Davis, E.A., & Hug, B. (2011). Design approaches to support preservice teachers in scientific modeling. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 22, 1-21.

Schwarz, C. V., Reiser, B. J., Davis, E. A., Kenyon, L., Acher, A., Fortus, D., Shwartz, Y., Hug, B., & Krajcik, J. (2009). Developing a learning progression of scientific modeling: Making scientific modeling accessible and meaningful for learners. Journal of Research in Science Teaching46(6), 632-654.

Kenyon, L., Schwarz, C., & Hug, B. (2008). The benefits of scientific modeling. Science and Children46(2), 40-44.

Kenyon, L., Kuhn, L. & Reiser, B.J. (2006) Using Students’ Epistemologies of Science to Guide the Practice of Argumentation. In S.A. Barab, K. E. Hay, & D. T. Hickey (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICSL 2006. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc.

Kuhn, L., Kenyon, L. & Reiser, B.J. (2006) Fostering Scientific Argumentation by Creating a Need for Students to Attend to Each Other’s Claims and Evidence. In S.A. Barab, K. E. Hay, & D. T. Hickey (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICSL 2006. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc.

Chiappetta, E.L., Felske, D.D, & Kenyon, L. (2003). Helping students to better understand the nature of science. The Texas Science Teacher 32(2), 17-20.

Trautmann, N.M., Carlsen, W. S, Eick, C. J., Gardner, Jr., F.E., Kenyon, L., Moscovici, H. Moore, J. C., Thomson, M., and West, S.S. (2003). Online peer review: Learning science as it’s practiced. Journal of College Science Teaching 32(7), 443-447.

Kenyon, L.O., Landry, A.M., & Gill, G. (2001). Trace metal concentrations in blood of the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii). Chelonian Conservation and Biology 4(1), 128-135.


  Professor J. Kegerreis Distinguished Professor of Teaching 2016-2019

  College of Science and Mathematics Dean’s Teaching Fellow 2016-2017

  Ohio Magazine Excellence in Education Honoree 2011

  WSU Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence: Early Career Achievement, 2009

  Outstanding Doctoral Student Award 2002-2003, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Houston

  Neches-Gulf Marine Most Effective Teacher Award 2002-2003, Texas A&M University at Galveston

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