BiographyAmy Robertson is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at Seattle Pacific University. Amy’s research interests center around instructional approaches that seek to understand and build on students’ intuitive ideas in science. She uses her research to support these approaches by (1) identifying, describing, and illustrating how students’ ideas can be the starting points for developing sophisticated scientific understandings and practices; by (2) studying the development of teaching practices that attend to students’ intuitive ideas and then identifying what supported that development; and by (3) understanding the relationship between this kind of instruction and other constructs in the literature. She is the co-editor of a book that synthesizes research on this approach to instruction: Responsive Teaching in Science and Mathematics.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
physics education research, qualitative research methodology, responsive teaching, conceptual understanding in physics, teacher education