Tej, is an Assistant Professor of Science Education and is affiliated with Department of Curriculum and Instruction and COSMIC. She has a PhD in theoretical physics and has active research in field of elementary science education. Her research focuses on studying and developing effective ways to support elementary student engagement in science reasoning and knowledge building.
Professional Publications & Contributions
One aspect of Tej's work focuses on studying the affordances of integrated science-engineering experiences for elementary students, both in formal and informal settings. And how engineering provides a context for teaching and learning of science in elementary classrooms. The other aspect of her work focuses on developing a support system for science teachers. This includes working with both pre-service teachers at UMass Boston and in-service teacher partners at various public school districts in and around Boston. She has extensive experience in designing PD courses for science content knowledge development and incorporation of science and engineering practices.
Design and teach following graduate courses for UMB’s urban teacher education program, and physics. List of courses is given below:
- EDCG 619- Designing Instruction in Science at the Elementary Level: Elementary teacher education course to prepare teachers to teach science and engineering in elementary urban classrooms
- EDC G 670: Math for Elementary Teachers, content and methods course for teaching mathematics to elementary teacher candidates.
- ECHD 641: Science and Math Instruction for All Young Children, a science and math teaching methods course for early childhood teacher candidates (Graduate level course) ECHD 441: Science and Math Instruction for All Young Children, a science and math teaching methods course for early childhood teacher candidates (undergraduate level course)
- EDCG 625- Creating Science and Mathematics learning environments in elementary classrooms, a course to support content knowledge development for elementary tecahers.
- PHYSIC 699: Masters’ Thesis Research in Physics
- Co-PI on National Science Foundation’s grant (Current) “ConnecTions in the Making: Elementary Students, Teachers, and STEM Professionals Integrating Science and Engineering to Design Community Solutions”.
- Co-PI on National Science Foundation’s grant (Current)” Integrating Science Content and Engineering Thinking in the Elementary Classroom”.
- Co-PI on National Science Foundation’s grant (Current) Nano-Makerspace to Make and Explore in the World of the Small. https://www.umb.edu/cosmic/projects/bringing_nanotechnology_to_high_school_studentsd
- Project Team member (Non-PI)(2014-Present) A part of the national Next Generation Science Exemplar (NGSX) Project --from its very early days (in 2014). Co-designed units in the NGSX Pathway --introducing K-12 teachers to the practices of modeling, argument, and explanation; and integrating engineering in elementary classrooms.