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Dr. Kim Cleary Sadler

Professor of Biology Education

Dr. Kim Cleary Sadler
615-904-8283
Room 1161, Science Building (SCI)
MTSU Box 60, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • Ed.D., Tennessee State University (2002)
  • E.D.S., Middle Tennessee State University (1998)
  • M.S., Middle Tennessee State University (1979)
  • B.S., Middle Tennessee State University (1976)

Areas of Expertise

My primary research interests are situated in my desire to understand more about teaching and learning as it relates to life and environmental science.

Biography

I joined the faculty on a tenure-track position the Fall of 2002 but have served as an adjunct instructor since 1989. I am co-director for the Center for Cedar Glade Studies and have served as assistant to the directors for the Center for Environmental Education since 2002 and a program consultant with the CEE since 1992. I am a facilitator-trainer for Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, and Project WET and conduct numerous workshops related to life and environmental science for teacher deve...

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I joined the faculty on a tenure-track position the Fall of 2002 but have served as an adjunct instructor since 1989. I am co-director for the Center for Cedar Glade Studies and have served as assistant to the directors for the Center for Environmental Education since 2002 and a program consultant with the CEE since 1992. I am a facilitator-trainer for Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, and Project WET and conduct numerous workshops related to life and environmental science for teacher development programs.

Professional Affiliations and Contributions
Association for Science Teacher Education - Conference proposal reviewer
Ecological Society of America - Teaching Issues in Ecology Education reviewer
National Association of Biology Teachers - Four Year Section Chair, 2014 and Professional Development Committee
National Association for Research in Science Teaching - Conference proposal reviewer
National Science Teachers Association - JCST manuscript reviewer
North American Association for Environmental Education - Research Symposium proposal reviewer
Society for College Science Teachers - TN membership chair (2005 -2013)
Tennessee Academy of Science - President, 2014 and Education Section Chair (2004-2013)
Tennessee Environmental Education Association - Conference presenter
Tennessee Science Teachers Association - Conference presenter

Publications
Sadler K, Stevens S, Willingham J. 2015. Collaborative Concept Maps: A Voice for All Learners. Science Scope. 38(9): 38-44.

Sadler K, Cliché C, & Lasater M. 2015. Bringing the Outside in: Learning Ecology through the Study of Native Plants. Science and Children. 52(7): 86-91.

Jenkins L, Walker R, Tenebaum Z, Sadler K, & Wisser K. 2014. Why the Secret of the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont Could Influence Science Education - Connecting People and Nature. In Mueller M & Tippens D (Eds.), Ecojustice, Citizen Science and Youth Activism: Situated Tensions for Science Education. Springer Publishing, pp. 265-279.

Sadler K. 2014. Exotic Invasive Species: The Guests that Won't Go Home. In Grant T (Ed.), Teaching About Invasive Species. Marquis Books: Canada, pp. 3 - 6.

Sadler K (editor). 2014. Exploring Life Laboratory Manual (5th Edition). Hayden McNeil Publishing Company.

Otter R, Seipelt S, Graeff T, Alexander R, Gray J, Peterson K, & Sadler K. 2013. Comparing Student and Faculty Perceptions of Online and Traditional courses. The Internet and Higher Education. 19:27-35.

Sadler K. 2013. Animals - Part I. In Wilson C (Ed), Passing the State Science Proficiency Tests: Essential Content for Elementary and Middle School Teachers. University Press of America: Lanham, MD, pp 161-167.

Rutledge M & Sadler K. 2011. University Students' Acceptance of Biological Theories - Is Evolution Really Different? Journal of College Science Teaching. 41(2): 64-69.

Winther A, Sadler K, Saunders G. 2010. Approaches to Environmental Education. The Inclusion of Environmental Education in Science Teacher Education. Springer Publishing Company: New York, pp. 31 - 50.

Schepige A, Morrell P, Smith-Walters C, Sadler K. 2010. Using Environmental Education Project Curricula with Elementary Preservice Teachers. Editors: Bodzin A, Klein B, Weaver S. The Inclusion of Environmental Education in Science Teacher Education. Springer Publishing Company: New York, pp. 281-296.

Hagevik R, Melear C, Lunsford E, Sadler K, & Smith-Walters C. 2010. Joining the Last Child in the Woods: An Argument for Environmental Education in Teacher Preparation. In P. Kurtz and Fujun Ren (Eds.), Improving science spirits and building a harmony society. Beijing: Chinese Science and Technology Press, pp.76-83.

Ervin B, Sadler K. 2007. Splash, Flash, Crank, Slide, Alive! Interactive Standards-based Science Experiences for Pre-K through 2nd at Discovery Center. NSTA Monograph of Exemplary Informal Science Programs. NSTA Press: Arlington, VA, pp.153 - 166.

Rutledge M & Sadler K. 2007. Reliability of the Measure of Acceptance of the Theory of Evolution Instrument with University Students, The American Biology Teacher, 69(6):332-335.

Sadler K, Smith-Walters C, Ring T, & Lasater M. 2006. Thinking Outside the Box: No Child Left Inside at Campus School, Exemplary Science in Grades PreK-4: Standards-based Success Stories. NSTA Press: Arlington, VA, pp.43 - 56.

Katz L, Sadler K, & Craig D. 2005. Science Professors Serve as Mentors for early Childhood Preservice Teachers in the Design and Implementation of Standards-Based Science Units, Journal of Elementary Science Education, 17 (2): 43-56.

Sadler K. 2003. The Effectiveness of Cooperative Learning as an Instructional Strategy to Increase Biological Literacy and Academic Achievement in a Large, Non-majors College Biology Class. College Park, MD: Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED471548)

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