Santa Clara University

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Margaret M. Lucero

 

Margaret M. Lucero, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Education

Margaret M. Lucero currently serves as Assistant Professor with Science Emphasis in the Department of Education at Santa Clara University. A native of west Texas, she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biology from the University of Texas at El Paso. While obtaining her Master’s degree, she worked as a teaching assistant for undergraduate sections of the Anatomy and Physiology laboratories and became a certified science teacher. After receiving her teaching certification, she worked for eight years at a high-minority urban public high school in west Texas, teaching Biology, Chemistry, and Pre-A.P. Anatomy & Physiology classes and served as chair of the science department. While obtaining her doctorate in Science Education from the University of Texas at Austin, she worked as a teaching assistant for the nationally-recognized and replicated UTeach secondary mathematics and science teacher education program and research assistant for the Texas Regional Collaborative for professional development at UT Austin’s Center for STEM Education. Her research currently focuses on science teachers’ knowledge and awareness of students’ alternative conceptions and how this informs teaching practice, particularly within the context of teaching evolution and natural selection. She has presented research findings at a variety of national and international conference venues, including the American Educational Research Association, International Conference of the Learning Sciences, National Association for Research in Science Teaching, and National Science Teachers Association.