LEARNING AND INSTRUCTION
Curriculum and Instruction; Access and Equity; Assessment; Cognition; Digital Innovations; Digital Media and Learning; Curriculum and Instruction; Diversity; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Global Issues; Science Education; Leadership; Learning Design; Race, Inequality, and Education; Problem Based Learning; Qualitative Research Methods; Urban Education
Noemi Waight is an Associate Professor of Science Education in the Department of Learning and Instruction in the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo. Dr. Waight earned her PhD in Science Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Waight’s research examines the design, development, implementation, adoption, and enactment of technological tools (e.g., computer-based models, bioinformatics tools, databases) in the context of central, reform-based, K-12 science teaching approaches. Two complimentary perspectives guide this research: First, she examines the enactment of technological tools by documenting the full cycle from design and development to actual implementation in science classrooms. Second, to fully understand the implications of the above cycle, her research seeks to elucidate the theoretical underpinnings of the Nature of Technology (NoT) as it pertains to K-12 science education, and empirically examine the factors, conditions, and agencies that impact and mediate enactment of technology in science education. More recently, Dr. Waight’s work has evolved to examine the role of school leadership and STEM implementation in high needs schools locally and internationally. Finally, she is also examining how Computer Science can be used as a tool to facilitate scientific understanding for young women at the high school level.
Dr. Waight has served as Co-PI of a National Science Foundation grant: Connected Chemistry as Formative Assessment. She currently serves as an Associate Editor for Journal of Research in Science Teaching and has served as proposal reviewer for the National Science Foundation. In addition to her research projects in the US context, Dr. Waight has embarked on collaborative research in Belize and Japan.