Dr. Lin Xiang
Ph.D. Science Education, University of California, Davis.
M.A. Education, University of California, Davis.
B.S. Biology, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China
Teaching Philosophy & Research Interests
As a life science educator, my love and commitment to teaching is fueled by my passion for life science and the desire to reveal the beauty of the biological world to more people. However, along with the rapid development and changes in the modern biological science, helping students develop coherent conceptual understanding and master necessary skills in biology has increasingly become a challenge to biology educators. My research interests focus on addressing relevant issues in biology education through two sets of pedagogies—model-based inquiry (MBI) and active learning. In particular, I seek to understand how to design and implement engaging instructional tasks to increase student’s biological literacy through scientific models and modeling. My current research seeks to integrate model-based inquiry and active learning pedagogies into the science curricula at WSU and local public schools.