Maria Madalena Ferreira
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- 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
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.
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:
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
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.
- 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)