Academic Interests: Curriculum Development, Pre-Service Teacher Education, In-Service Teacher Development, Cogenerative Dialogues
While earning a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from FIU, I became involved with the PER group, and participated in their “Learning Assistant” program. I love working with students, and taught a high school physics course for two years at PAC (Partnership for Academic Communities), a program that services low socio-economic status students. During that time, I became a Curriculum and Instruction doctoral student, specializing in science education.
My research interests center around sociocultural theories (Cultural-historical Activity Theory for the most part). I’ve developed a formative classroom intervention that I call “CMPLE” (Cogenerative Mediation Process for Learning environments – pronounced “simple”). The goal of CMPLE is for students and instructors to help change their learning environment to be more representative of their learning preferences. I've worked with several instructors who have used it in their classrooms. CMPLE's theoretical frameworks, data, and analyses have been presented at national conferences since 2010 (AAPT, PERC, and NARST).
I am a native Miamian, and graduate of New World School of the Arts High School for Music Performance (acoustic and electric bass). My artistic interests have led to my working in professional theatres as a sound designer, as well as offering literary lectures and interpretations to audiences in Miami, Coral Gables, and Sarasota (usually focusing on the works of James Joyce). When I have spare time, I am also an adjunct educator for HistoryMiami.
Academic website: http:/fiu.academia.eduNatanSamuels