Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
Dr. Patricia Patrick
Dr. Patrick’s formal training is in curriculum and instruction. Her specialty is science education (certified grades 7-12) and informal science education (learning outside the classroom). She graduated with her PhD in 2006. Her teaching experience at the university level includes working with elementary, middle level, and secondary science teacher candidates. Currently, Dr. Patrick is in a higher education position related to science teacher education and qualitative research design and assessment at both online and brick and mortar schools. Her specialties are the application of learning theory, qualitative research design, and science learning. At Walden University, she is a committee chair and member in the doctoral capstone project study courses. Dr. Patrick has chaired and served on numerous doctoral student dissertation committees.
Dr. Patrick’s research interests focus on learning science outside the classroom. She is especially interested in how children learn science at home and with their family. She is a Fulbright Scholar. She completed her research in Indonesia, where she studied the dukun (native healers), turtle programs designed for elementary, middle level, and secondary students, and the research and mentoring relationships for undergraduate students. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences including the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, National Science Teachers Association, European Science Education Research Association, International Zoo Educators Association, British Educational Research Association. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles as well as 2 books on learning in museums and informal teacher education. She has been a guest lecturer in 5 countries.