• After getting a master's in science education from East Carolina University, Amy Taylor taught in NC public schools for over ten years. She graduated from NC State University with a doctorate in science education and is now a professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Level, Literacy, and Special Education.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2024-03-01 Virtual Access to STEM Careers: In the Field Experiments -- IEEE Computer Graphics and ApplicationsIEEE Computer Graphics and Applications.  44:73-80. 2024-03-01
    2022-06-01 Phases of the Moon: As simple as ABCDE: Teaching the phases of the moon to first graders using patterns.Science Activities.2022-06-01
    2020-01-01 Science fair buddies: A course-embedded partnership on experimental designPDS Partners: Bridging Research to Practice.  14:15-18. 2020-01-01
    2019-09-01 Island Ecology for Educators: An interdisciplinary course bridging science and education through interactive community partnershipsJournal of College Science Teaching.  49:24-30. 2019-09-01
    2019-01-01 Swinging into Art with Pendulum Paintings.Science Activities.2019-01-01
    2016-01-01 “I could see myself as a scientist”: The Potential of Out-of-School-Time Programs to Influence Girls’ Identities in Science.Afterschool Matters.  23. 2016-01-01
    2015-01-01 Precollege nanotechnology education: a different kind of thinking.Nanotechnology Reviews.  4:117-127. 2015-01-01
    2014-01-01 Close the Textbook, Open the Cell Image Library.The American Biology Teacher.  76:201-206. 2014-01-01
    2014-01-01 Using Virtual Globes to Pinpoint Watershed Pollution.The Science Teacher.  81:51-55. 2014-01-01
    2013-02-01 Students' and teachers' applications of surface area to volume relationshipsResearch in Science Education2013-02-01
    2009-06-01 Proportional reasoning ability and concepts of scale: Surface area to volume relationships in scienceInternational Journal of Science Education.  31:1231-1247. 2009-06-01
    2009-04-01 Developing a Sense of Scale: Looking BackwardJournal of Research in Science Teaching.  46:460-475. 2009-04-01
    2009-01-01 Concepts of scale held by students with visual impairmentJournal of Research in Science Teaching.  46:506-519. 2009-01-01
    2008-11-01 Creativity, Inquiry, or Accountability? Scientists' and teachers' perceptions of science educationScience Education.  92:1058-1075. 2008-11-01
    2008-03-01 Bumpy, Sticky, Shaky: Nanoscale Science and the CurriculumScience Scope.  31:28-35. 2008-03-01
    2008-02-01 Experienced and novice teachers’ Concepts of spatial scale.International Journal of Science Education.  30:409-429. 2008-02-01
    2007-04-01 Understanding scale: Powers of TenJournal of Science Education and Technology.  16:191-202. 2007-04-01
    2000-03-01 The effect of traditional classroom assessment on science learning and understanding of the processes of scienceJournal of Elementary Science Education.  12:19-32. 2000-03-01
    1997-04-01 Hands-in ScienceNational Science Teachers Association.  20:16-17. 1997-04-01


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    2009-06-01 Extreme Science: From Nano to the Galactic.  National Science Teachers Association. 2009-06-01
    2007-04-01 Nanoscale Science.  National Science Teacher Association. 2007-04-01


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    2021-01-01 Examining Covid-19 with Young Learners: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry Design Model Approach -- Post-Pandemic Social Studies: How Covid 19 has changed the world and how we teach.  Teachers College Press. 2021-01-01
    2020-09-01 Island Ecology for Educators: The intersection of ecosystems content, coastal environmental education, and technology -- Building STEM Skills Through Environmental Education.  IGI Global. 219-243. 2020-09-01
    2018-01-01 Leveraging Parent Chaperones to Support Youths’ Learning During an Out-of-School Field Trip to a Marine Science Field Station..  Springer Publication.. 2018-01-01


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    2020-01-01 Science fair buddies: A course-embedded partnership on experimental designPDS Partners. 2020-01-01


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    2010-04-01 Wanted: More ScienceKidsville News. 2010-04-01


    Research Overview

  • Amy has conducted research about how students and teachers learn and understand scale/surface area to volume concepts. She has worked extensively with Dr. Gail Jones at NC State in the field of nanotechnology education and their second book explores how to each extreme scale (the very small and very large concepts covered in science). She is currently interested in how elementary methods students understand and use science teaching strategies and how to use technology to connect with nature. Along with her colleagues, Dr. Dennis Kubasko and Dr. Lucas Layman, she has developed a mobile application that can be used as a hiking companion in Carolina Beach State Park and Fort Fisher State Recreation area. This mobile application project is call Coastal Eco Explorer.
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    Teaching Overview

  • She teaches elementary and middle grades science methods courses and supervises teacher interns. In addition to teaching in Watson College of Education, she has created and taught cross-listed courses in the Environmental Science Dept.
  • Full Name

  • Amy R Taylor