Education & Research


Ph.D. Science Education, University of California, Davis.
M.A. Education, University of California, Davis.
B.S. Biology, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China

Emphasis Area: Biological Science Education; Model-based inquiry; Active learning; Technology-supported science teaching and learning; Education assessment




Swanson, H. I., Sarge, O. K. P., Rodrigo-Peiris, T., Xiang, L., & Cassone, V. M. (2016). Development of a Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience to Introduce Drug-Receptor Concepts. Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development2016(3), 57-66. Link

Franklin, B., XiangL., Collett, J, Rhoads, M., & Osborn, J. (2015). Open problem-based instruction impacts understanding of physiological concepts differently in undergraduate students. Adv Physiol Educ. V 39(4), 327-334. Link

Xiang, L., & Passmore, C. (2015). A Framework for Model-Based Inquiry Through Agent-Based Programming. Journal of Science Education and Technology. V24 (2), 311-329. DOI: 10.1007/s10956-014-9534-4

Xiang, L., & Passmore, C. (2010). The Use of Agent-based Programmable Modeling Tool in 8th Grade Students’ Model-Based Inquiry.  The Journal of the Research Center for Educational Technology. V6 (2), 130-147. Link


Mitchell, A. & Xiang, L. (2017). Investigating Stability and Change in Ecosystems Using Computer Models. Presented at the Utah Science Teachers Association Conference, Provo, UT. February 2017.

Xiang,L. (2017).  Biology Undergraduates' Perceptions of Nature of Science and Scientific Inquiry. Presented at the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) International Conference, Des Moines, IA. January 2017.

Xiang,L., Bouwma-Gearhart, J. & Osborn, J. (2013).  Effects of Problem-based Learning on Biology Students’ Conceptual Understandings about Animal Physiology and Student Perceptions. Presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual Conference, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. April 2013.

Xiang, L., & Passmore, C. (2011). “I just Want to Make It Work”: Examining Students’ Programming Actions Impeding Productive Model-based Inquiry. Presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, April 2011.

Xiang, L., & Passmore, C. (2010). Programming a Simulation to Support 8th Grade Students’ Model-based Learning about Natural Selection. Presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, March 2010.

Xiang, L., Hvidsten, C., Dowd, P., Beauchamp, A., & Passmore, C. (2010). Teachers’ perceptions of the barriers to classroom implementation of model-based reasoning. Presented at the Association for Science Teacher Education Annual conference, Sacramento, CA, January 2010.

    Invited talks

Xiang, L. (2015). Continuous improvement of teaching using classroom assessment and introduction to conducting education research. STEM Teaching Enhancement Workshop and Forum. University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. April, 2015.