Wayne State University

Maria Madalena Ferreira

Maria Madalena Ferreira
Associate Professor of Science Education and Program Coordinator for Teaching and Learning
College of Education, Room 281

Office Hours: Call 313/577-0902 to make an appointment.

(313) 577-6370
(313) 577-4091

Education
  • Graduate: Ph.D. (Science Education); 1997 -  Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana 
  • M.S. (Science Education); 1989 -  Indiana University, Bloomington, IN                     
  • Baccalaureate: B.S. (Forest Biology); 1986 -  SUNY - ESF/Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY    
  • Certification: State of Indiana  - (Grades 5-12): biology, chemistry, mathematics, general science

Biography

Professor Ferreira joined the faculty of the College of Education at Wayne State University in the fall, 1996. Before coming to Wayne State University, and while working on her doctorate, she worked as a research and teaching assistant at Indiana University (Bloomington). Previous to that she taught high school biology and algebra. Originally from Portugal, she immigrated to the USA in 1980 and became an American Citizen in 1986. Besides Portugal and the United States, she lived in Angola, France, Poland and Russia. She is fluent in four languages and enjoys traveling, the outdoors and the arts.

Responsibilities

Professor Ferreira is the coordinator of the Science Education Program where in addition to all the activities related to this function she teaches graduate courses and advises graduate students. She is also the director of the following programs:

 Junior Science and Humanities Symposium 

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship

Academic Interests

Professor Ferreira’s academic interests include forging collaborations with others for the improvement of science education and educational equity. To that end, she has collaborated in grant projects with colleagues from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and other colleges; has served on a variety of committees at the university, state, and national levels, (e.g., Association for Science Teacher Education; the American Educational Research Association), and is a past president of the Research on Women and Education. She does editorial work for two academic journals, worked with the Society of Automotive Engineers in the “A World in Motion Program,” worked on a project for the World Bank, serves as a reviewer of conference proposals for a variety of educational organizations such as the American Education Research Association (AERA) and National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST), and has served on a variety of grant review panels at the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Area Of Expertise

Science education; gender issues in science; issues of equity in science; environmental education

Research Interests

Dr. Ferreira's research focuses on the social contexts of education and how the culture of educational organizations facilitates or limits access to knowledge. She has examined social contexts of education under two main areas: School culture within the construct of caring, and departmental culture as a reflection of the culture of science and its impact on gender equity in science and engineering. Presently she is working on general issues related to equity in science.

Courses Taught

  • SCE 5010 – Life Sciences for Elementary/Middle School Teachers
  • SCE 5040 – Field Course: Understanding Our Environment
  • SCE 5070 - Methods and Materials of Instruction in Secondary School Science (II)
  • TED 7000 - Introductory Master's Seminar (Science Majors) ED 7999 - Terminal Master's Seminar (Science Majors)

Community Engagement Activities

 Chair: 2009 Willystine Goodsell Award at the American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Program Chair:
     Research on Women and Education, at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) (2008).
 
President: Research on Women and Education (RWE) 2006-07.
 
Director:
     Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
 
Editorships:
     Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
     Gender and Education
   
Program Reviewer:
          Michigan Department of Education
 
Grant Proposal Reviewer:
          National Science Foundation
          Michigan Department of Education
 
Judge:
     Chrysler Foundation: "Closing the Technology Gap in Education"
 
Session Presider and Discussant
          American Educational Research Association (AERA)
          Association of Science Teacher Education (ASTE)
          Research on Women and Education (RWE)

Grants

(1) The W. K. Kellogg Foundation's Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship
2010 - 2017
The W. K. Kellogg Foundation's Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship at Wayne State University is intended for persons holding a bachelor's degree in science, mathematics, or engineering by May 2011, 2012, or 2013 and for those who have worked in a science/math/engineering field and are considering a career change. Fellowship recipients receive a secondary teaching certificate through the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics, earth/space or mathematics. The 12-month certification program uses an innovative approach that combines problem-based courses with intensive field-based experiences in partnering schools.
Advancing Student Learning Through a Collaborative Partnership for Teacher Education
2009 - 2010
This project provided over 100 contact hours of research-based and collaboratively-planned professional development to a select group of 33 Detroit Public Schools (DPS) elementary teachers, teaching grades 3 or 4. The main goal of the program was to deepen participating teachers' content and pedagogical knowledge in science, thereby increasing their students' opportunities to engage in real science experiences.
Junior Science and Humanities Symposium of Southeastern Michigan
2006 - 2017
The primary aims of Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) are to promote research and experimentation at the secondary school level and to recognize students for original research achievements. In Michigan the program is housed in the College of Education at Wayne State University. Every year, students from high schools throughout southeastern Michigan attend a two-day symposium at Wayne State University where they present their research and participate in a number of other activities.
Science for Elementary Teachers in Grades K-5
2006
The goal of this project was to advance elementary teachers' knowledge and skills in physical science.
Teaching for the Future: Science and Mathematics Scholarship Program
2004 - 2010
The Robert Noyce Program at Wayne State University was a National Science Foundation-funded effort to increase the number of highly qualified secondary teachers in the areas of science, technology, mathematics, and engineering. The goal of the program was to certify 30 new secondary math/science teachers and place them in Detroit area high need schools.
An Electronic Mentor for Improving Science Teacher Retention
2004 - 2005
The goal of this project was to develop an electronic platform that included communication among the various stakeholders and exchange of resources related to the teaching and learning of science.
GK-12, Wayne State University/Detroit Public Schools Science and Mathematics Teaching Fellowship Program
2003 - 2006
The GK-12 Program at Wayne State University involved graduate students and advanced undergraduate students (Teaching Fellows) from departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering at Wayne State University into 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classrooms of the Detroit Public School system to assist with the teaching of mathematics and science.

Awards & Honors

2005
College of Education Service Award
1999
National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Dissertation Award (one of four finalists)
1998
College of Education Teaching Award
WSU-Tenure and Promotion Committee, Academic Senate, Research Committee, Curriculum Committee

Presentations

A collaborative partnership to increase elementary students' experiences with the outdoors
Ferreira, M. M. 2012   Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE)
Trends in minority representation in science and engineering
Ferreira, M. M. 2011   Research on Women and Education
An exploration of beginning teachers' beliefs about teaching and learning
Ferreira, M. M. 2010   annual conference of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), Sacramento, California.
Identifying Michigan Trees
Ferreira, M. M. 2010   Michigan Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE)
The effect of science enrichment activities on African-American female students' achievement and attitudes toward science
Patterson, C. M., & Ferreira, M. M. 2009   annual meeting of Research on Women and Education (RWE). Birmingham, Alabama.
Trends in the gender gap in science and engineering
Ferreira, M 2008   annual meeting of Research on Women and Education (RWE). Washington D.C.
The role of science instructional strategies on 10th grade students' attitudes towards science
Ndakwah, E.; Ferreira, M. M. 2008   annual conference of The Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), St. Louis, Missouri.
The Robert Noyce Program: Meeting high need schools' demand for science and mathematics teachers
Ferreira, M 2007   annual conference of The Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), Clearwater, Florida.
The effect of a NSF-founded community partnership on participating student fellows
Ferreira, M 2006   annual conference of The Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), Portland, Oregon.
Succeeding in academia: Practical strategies for achieving tenure and promotion at research universities
Ferreira, M 2005   annual meeting of Research on Women and Education (RWE). Dayton, OH.
The effects of problem-based learning (PBL) on student motivation, perceptions, and problem-solving skills
Ferreira, M., & Trudell, A. 2005   annual meeting of the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science (AETS), Colorado Springs, CO.
Women's access to communities of practice in traditional male fields
Ferreira, M 2004   annual meeting of Research on Women and Education (RWE). Cleveland, OH.
The impact of same-sex grouping in middle school girls' achievement, perception of ability and participation in science
Ferreira, M., & Tringali, K. 2003   annual meeting of Research on Women and Education (RWE). Knoxville, TN.
Transforming science teaching and learning through technology.
Cavallo, A., Ferreira, M., Davis, M., Crowel, A., & Peters, J. 2003   annual meeting of School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA), Columbus, OH.
Bridging the equity gap through a university's partnership with urban schools.
Ferreira, M 2003   meeting of the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science (AETS), St. Louis, MO.
Gender differences in graduate students' drop in self-confidence in two graduate science departments
Ferreira, M 2002   meeting of Research on Women and Education (RWE), New Orleans, LA.
Context factors related to women attrition from a graduate science program: A case study
Ferreira, M 2001   meeting of Research on Women and Education (RWE), Baltimore, MD.
The effect of an after-school science program on middle school female students' attitudes towards science and mathematics
Ferreira, M 2001   meeting of the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science (AETS), Costa Mesa, CA.
Ameliorating equity through role models, mentoring, and female friendly science
Ferreira, M 2001   meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Seattle, WA.
Role models, mentoring, and female friendly science
Ferreira, M 2000   meeting of the Research on Women and Education (RWE), San Antonio, TX.
A comparison of female and male graduate students' self-confidence in two science departments
Ferreira, M 2000   meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), New Orleans, LA.
The caring culture of a suburban middle school
Ferreira, M 2000   meeting of the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science (AETS), Akron, OH.
Graduate students' perspectives on the nature of science
Ferreira, M 1999   meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Boston, MA.
Discordant perspectives: Faculty's and graduate students' descriptions of their science department
Ferreira, M. M. 1999   meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Montreal, Canada.

Publications

A community partnership to increase elementary students' access to the outdoors.
Ferreira, M. M., Grueber, D., & Yarema, S.   2012 The School Community Journal
Improving equity through a science enrichment program
Ferreira, M. M., & Patterson   2011 Advancing Women in Leadership Journal 31 213-224
Differential participation of graduate men and women in two scientific communities of practice
Maria M. Ferreira   2010 Advancing Women in Leadership Journal 30(11) 1-19
Increasing urban middle school students' access to authentic science and mathematics experiences through a community partnership
Ferreira, M. M., Freeman, C., & Zibuck, R.   2010 ERS Spectrum: Journal of School Research and Information 28(1) 17-25
Trends in Women's representation in science and engineering
Ferreira, M. M.   2009 Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering 15(3) 191-203
"Vidas a descobrir: Mulleres cientistas do mundo Lusofono" (Lives to be discovered: Scientist women in Portuguese speaking countries)
Ferreira, M. M.   2009 Temas e Debates iv-vi
The development of a learning community through a university-school district partnership
Ferreira, M. M.; Zibuck, R; & Freeman, C.   2007 The School Community Journal 17(1) 95-111
Succeeding in academia: Practical strategies for achieving tenure and promotion at research universities
Ferreira, M. M.   2006 Advancing Women in Leadership Journal 21 71-80
Graduate students' description of the ideal science advisor: Implications for graduate women's success
Ferreira, M. M.   2006 Advancing Women in Leadership Journal 20 78-92
Urban school-university partnership for science and mathematics teacher certification: Increasing teacher quality and diversity through alternative pathways
Cavallo, A. M. L., Ferreira, M. M., & Roberts, S. K.   2005 School Science and Mathematics 105(7) 363-372
Gender issues related to graduate student attrition in two science departments
Ferreira, M. M.   2003 International Journal of Science Education 25(8) 969-989
Gender differences in graduate students' perspectives on the culture of science
Ferreira, M. M.   2003 Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering 9(2) 119-135
Context factors related to women attrition from a graduate science program: A case study
Ferreira, M. M.   2002 Advancing Women in Leadership Journal 12(1) 1-10
Dimensions of caring in a suburban middle school
Ferreira, M. M.   2002 ERS Spectrum: Journal of School Research and Information 20(4) 17-26
The research lab: A chilly place for graduate women in science
Ferreira, M. M.   2002 Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering 8(1) 85-98
Critical dimensions of the caring culture of an urban middle school
Ferreira, M. M, Smith, G. R., & Bosworth, K.   2002 International Electronic Journal for Leadership in Learning 6(2) 1-14
Ameliorating equity in science, mathematics, and engineering: A case study of an after-school science program
Ferreira, M. M.   2002 Equity and Excellence in Education 35(1) 43-49
Building communities through role models, mentors, and hands-on science
Ferreira, M. M.   2002 School Community Journal 11(2) 27-37
Learning science in cultural context: Resources from a schoolyard hike
Grueber, D., Yarema, S. & Ferreira, M. M.   0 Science and Children