Dr. Koch is Professor Emerita of Science Education effective 2009-2010.


Janice Koch, Ph.D. is Professor Emerita of Science Education. She is the author of Science Stories: A Science Methods Book for Elementary and Middle School Teachers, now going into 6th Ed (2018), published by Wadsworth/Cengage. Dr. Koch is the former director of the IDEAS institute, an outreach arm of the School of Education Health, and Human Services. She taught courses in Science Education, Qualitative Research, and Gender Studies. Dr. Koch consults to projects across the country that create meaningful science curriculum for elementary and middle school students. She works on several grants that address STEM education at the pre-college and college levels.

Teach: Introduction to Education  is now in 4th edition (2020) and published by Sage Publications Inc. https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/author/janice-koch  It is an introduction to education textbook with an emphasis on diversity, equity, social justice and the changing landscape of America’s schools. It challenges students’ preconceived notions of teaching in order to encourage them to be reflective practitioners.

Dr. Koch works on several federally funded projects out of Texas A&M University, encouraging the use of science instruction to promote English language acquisition for second language learners. One project engages middle school teachers in science instruction and community outreach through virtual meetings and online experiences. She is the external evaluator for two other projects that enhance the instructional and leadership attributes of K-12 teachers of English learners through virtual courses and virtual mentoring and coaching. 

Dr. Koch presented her work on science education to the Oxford University Roundtable on Childhood Issues July 27 - July 31, 2014, Oxford University, England. She was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Committee on Pre-College Engineering Education from 2016-2018. The committee’s publication titled, Increasing the roles and significance of teachers in policymaking for K-12 engineering education, is available from the National Academies Press at www.nap.edu.

Dr. Koch is currently teaching a STEM education course at American University in Washington DC, near where she is currently residing.

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Science Education Links
  Hofstra University
  American Museum of Natural History
Their website gives information on educational tours, events and new exhibitions, with a supplemental science database.
  The Hall of Science - Located in Flushing Meadows, the site of the Worlds Fair, this website outlines the various hands-on projects and exhibits which the museum offers.
  National Science Teachers Association - this is a wonderful site and resource for science teachers of any grade level.
  The Association for Science Teacher Education - this is an exciting science education site for teachers of science teachers!

E-mail : Janice.Koch@Hofstra.edu

phone and voice mail : (516) 456 4792

office : (301) 617 4399

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Dr. Janice Koch
7843 Maple Lawn Blvd
Fulton, MD 20759