Patricia  Friedrichsen Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Patricia Friedrichsen

Associate Professor
University of Missouri

Science teacher education and researching teacher learning are my passions. I am an Associate Professor at the University of Missouri. I recently co-edited a book, Re-Examining Pedagogical Content Knowledge in Science Education. My co-editors are Amanda Berry and John Loughran. The book includes chapters authored by top PCK researchers from around the world. Of particular interest to PCK researchers is a chapter introducing a new consensus PCK model.

Subjects: Education


I hold a joint appointment in the Division of Biological Sciences and the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum at the University of Missouri. At the undergraduate level, I have taught courses in general introductory biology, biology teaching methods, and science teaching methods. At the graduate level, I have taught courses in science teaching methods and researching science teacher learning.

Before earning my doctorate at Penn State University (USA), I worked as a clinical instructor at the University of Nebraska for two years.  I taught courses in the pre-service elementary education program, including science methods and a biology content course.  

Prior to working at the University of Nebraska, I taught high school biology in Lincoln for 10 years and 7th grade life science in Norfolk  (both in Nebraska).


    B.S.E., Biology & Communicative Arts, Wayne State College, NE, USA, 1981
    M.Ed, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Nebraska, USA, 1987
    PhD, Curriculum and Instruction, Penn State, USA, 2002

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    I research secondary science teacher learning across the the continuum from pre-service teachers to experienced teacher leaders; other areas of research include evolution education and designing socioscientific issues-based curriculum for secondary biology courses.


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