Osisioma-Irene

Irene, U. Osisioma

PROFESSOR: SCIENCE/TEACHER EDUCATION

Email: iosisioma@csudh.edu

 

EDUCATION

Doctoral Degree

1995:  Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction, Science Education-University of Nigeria, Nsukka -Nigeria. Science Education (major) and Curriculum Development (minor)

Master’s Degree

1989:    Masters of Education, University of Nigeria, Nsukka-Nigeria

Major Field of Study:  Science Education (Ecology)

Bachelor’s Degree

1982:   Bachelor of Education (Science) Honors, University of Nigeria, Nsukka-Nigeria.

Major Field of Study:  Biology

Minor Field of Study:   Education

                                              

Other Significant Course Work Undertaken (Selected)

2010   Faculty Technology Training Institute on how to use Accessible Technology and how to incorporate E-Learning technological strategies in educational curriculum. California State University Center for Teaching and Learning.

 

2009   INTEL Teach Technology Training Institute- PBL INTEL Corps.

2008    National Science Foundation Grant Evaluator Training Program by American Institute of Research (AIS).

2004    Mathematics Summer Institute- University of California Los Angeles

2003    Biotechnology Training on the Use of Gel Electrophoresis in the teaching of DNA and RNA Separation.

2002    Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development

Credential: California State University, Dominguez Hills.

1998      Professional Clear Credential: California State University, Dominguez Hills.

 

PROFESSIONAL/ EXPERIENCES (Selected)

2010-present           Consultancy

1. United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

  • Currently working at the Institute of African Culture and International Understanding (IACIU) on promotion and preservation of indigenous science and technology cultures in Africa.
  • Facilitated the development of the Tanzanian science education policy and system standards documents

2. Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) Diaspora Taskforce

3. New Century New Compacts

4. Org-Learning Consult, Nigeria

2010-Summer,  Visiting Professor, University of Science and Technology, Ifaki-Ekiti:

  • Served as Department Chair –Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Developed the Earth and Environmental Science Program Handbook.
  • Developed professional development manuals
  • Organized and implemented professional development workshops for faculty
  • Developed and administered data collection instruments
  • Developed the Pre-degree biology curriculum
  • Organized and made University-wide motivational presentations.
  • Assisted in other program development activities.

 

2008-2012   Professional Development Curriculum Developer and Facilitator

  • Developed professional development manuals used in training University of Nigeria Faculty of Education lecturers on research-based instructional strategies, and academic leadership,
  • Developed professional development manuals used in conducting training on research-based instructional strategies, integrating ICT into instruction and academic leadership, for Alvan Ikeoku Federal College of Education Faculty at the California State University, Dominguez Hills College of International and Extended Education.
  • Developed professional development manuals used in conducting training on research-based instructional strategies for Teachers of Jonice International School Port Harcourt.

2004-Present  Professor, California State University, Dominguez Hills:

Curriculum Development

  • Developing teacher education programs, specifically, the development and implementation of pre-service and in-service Secondary and Elementary Science Methods programs
  • Teaching courses on, classroom management for Post Baccalaureate students
  • Development and Implementation of Science Curricula for pre-service and in-service science teachers.

Grant Projects

  • Environmental education, technology and sustainable energy learning community
  • Project Director and CoPI for California Mathematics and Science Partnership program (CaMSP)- A National Science Foundation (NSF) grant project.
  • Development of Science Institutes and follow-up workshops for practicing teachers in urban schools in feeder districts. (NSF- Quality Educators’ Project)
  • Development of professional development science inquiry immersion units NSFs-System wide Change for All Learners and Educators (SCALE) Project.

PhD Supervision

  • Supervising PhD Science Education Projects- University of Western Cape-South Africa

Assessment/Evaluation

  • Trainer of Trainers for the science Performance Assessment for California Teacher (PACT);
  • Development of assessment tools for science institutes;
  • Analysis of evaluation data to assess the impact of the SCALE-QED summer institutes;
  • Observation, supervision, and provision of inductive support to in-service and pre-service K-16 science teachers in schools within CSUDH feeder urban districts.

Courses Being Taught Currently:

  • Seminar in Curriculum Development in Mathematics and Science (Masters in Education);
  • Computer Literacy for Teachers;
  • Teaching Practice Seminar for student teachers;
  • Fieldwork and student teaching observation;
  • Secondary Science Methods;
  • Elementary Science Methods;
  • Secondary Teaching Methods;
  • Healthy Environments for Middle and High School Students;
  • Classroom Management for Middle and High School Teachers;
  • Introduction to Education.

 

2003-2004    Faculty Advisor: Teach for America Program-Los Angeles Unified School District. Responsible for

  • Providing guidance to Teach for America science teachers to translate and implement the California Science content standards in such a way that they benefit all students;
  • Providing professional development trainings for teachers in the Teach For America Program.           

                       

2001-2004       Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) California Subject Evaluation for Teachers (CSET)

Instructor -Pre-intern Program (Evening). Responsible for: Teaching advance biology, chemistry and physics to LAUSD pre-intern teachers.

1998-2004   Science Lead Teacher, Locke High School, Los Angeles, CA:

  • Provided professional development to science teachers;
  • Chair the professional development committee Teaching Advance Placement;
  • Taught environmental science to 11th and 12th grade students;
  • Write grants to purchase science teaching resources;
  • Taught Advance Physical Science to 10th and 11th grade students;
  • Taught Algebra to 9th grade students;
  • Taught Geometry to 10th grade students.

 

1998-2001   Central Juvenile Hall, Los Angeles, CA: Substitute Teacher Los Angeles County Office of Education.

1997-1998         Substitute Teacher:

  • Compton Unified School District, Compton, CA;
  • Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach, CA

1993-1997           Lecturer, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria

  • Sub-Department of Science Education;                                      
  • Department of Pure and Applied Sciences-1994.

 

1992     Assistant Lecturer, Pre-medical program, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria.

 

1983-1999   Biology and physics teacher, Maria-Regina High School, Nnewi, Nigeria, Nigeria responsible for

  • Teaching Biology and Physics;
  • Procuring science equipment and materials;
  • Organized the West African School Certificate Examinations.

 

1982-1983   Biology teacher, Girls’ Secondary School Ajali, Nigeria responsible for

  • Teaching Biology;
  • Procuring science equipment and materials;
  • Organized the West African School Certificate Examinations.            

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

2008-Date         Director/Chair, Center for Urban and Science Education

2004-2008         Associate Chair, Science Education Programs

1998-2004         Locke High School, Los Angeles;

  • Chair, Professional Development Committee;                             
  • Coordinator-Mathematics Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA), Program;
  • Coordinator, Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), Science Vertical Teaming Program.

 

1992-1997    Liaison Officer, Pre-science Program. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria                          

 

1990-1992     Coordinator, Pre-science program. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria

 

1983-1990      Head of science Maria-Regina High School, Nnewi, Nigeria, Nigeria responsible for

  • The general administration of all science teachers;
  • Procuring science equipment and materials;
  • Teaching Biology and Physics;
  • Organized the West African School Certificate Examinations.

 

1982-1983    Head of Department Girls’ Secondary School Ajali, Nigeria responsible for:

  • The general administration of all science teachers;
  • Procuring science equipment and materials;
  • Teaching Biology;
  • Organized the West African School Certificate Examinations.      

2004-Present     California State University, Dominguez Hills:

  • Director- CSUDH Center for Science Education;
  • Chair, Secondary Science Methods (TED 468) course;
  • Chair, Elementary Science Methods (TED 416) course;
  • College of Education, representative for Center for Teaching and Learning Advisory Board;
  • Co-chair Performance Assessment for Californian Teachers;
  • Co-chair Assessment committee.

 

COMMITEE MEMBERSHIPS

California State University Dominguez Hills:                   

  • University RTP committee
  • University fee waiver advisory committee
  • School of Education Representative for Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL);
  • School of Education, Technology committee.;
  • Teacher Education, Curriculum committee;
  • Teacher Education, Assessment committee;
  • Teacher Education, Exceptions Committee.

 

1999-2003         Locke High School, Los Angeles, CA:

  • Member, School-Based Management Council;
  • Member, Discipline Committee;                
  • Member, Staff Development Committee;
  • Member, Stop The Hate Program;
  • Member, Multi-Cultural Committee.

 

1983-1990 Maria Regina High School  

  • Member, West African Examination Council’s (WAEC)- Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) External Examination Scoring Panel.

 

HONORS/SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS

  • Recognition by University of Nigeriafor outstanding contributions/selfless service to staff development   in the Faculty of Education- May 14, 2009;
  • Recognition by University of Nigeria AlumniAssociation for outstanding support and immense contributions to development of the Faculty- May 16, 2009;
  • Received an award for academic excellencefrom California Association of Nigerian Educators-September, 26th 2008;
  • Received a Fellowof Science Teachers’ Association of Nigeria (STAN) award on August 30 2008;
  • Selected by California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) to be a member of the ETS/California State Standard Setting Panel for the Teaching Foundations Examination: Science;
  • Appointed member of the Science Teachers’ Association of Nigeria task force on restructuring of the Nigeria Science Education;
  • Honored in the NinthEditionof the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2004-2005;
  • Honored by National University’s Commissionfor brilliant performance in the National University’s Commission Virtual Institute of Higher Education Program (NUC VIHEP), 2004 & 2005;
  • Best Conference Paper of STAN Annual Conference Uyo, Nigeria, 1996
  • Best Conference Paper of STAN Annual Conference, Maidugury, Nigeria, 1995.

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST);
  • National Science Teachers’ Association (NSTA);
  • Association of Science Teacher Educators (ASTE);
  • California Science Teachers’ Association (CSTA);
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA);
  • North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE)
  • Science Teachers’ Association of Nigeria (STAN);
  • Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) Diaspora Taskforce
  • European Science Education Research Association (ESERA);
  • Gender and Science and Technology (GASAT);
  • Third World Organization for Women in Science (TWOWS);
  • Nigeria Association for Science Education Research (NASER);
  • International Council of Associations for Science Education (ICASE).

LEADERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION

  • Member NARST Equity and Ethics committee: 2012-Date;
  • International Committee of NARST: 2007-2011;
  • Serves as a presider at NARST annual conferences;
  • Professional development committee for ASTE: 2006-2011;
  • Conference proposal reviewer for ASTE-On-Going;
  • Strand coordinator for NARST strand 4- 2005-2006;
  • Vice President, California Association for Nigerian Educators (CANE);
  • Vice president OrgLearning Consult, Nigeria.
  • Member Board of Examiners (BOE) for the American Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

GRANT ACTIVITIES AND PROJECTS

  • Co-PI for Southern California Gas Company Environmental Education, Technology and Sustainability grant;
  • Co-PI -World Bank Science and Technology Education Post-Basic (STEPB) project titled: Inquiry-Based Science and Technology Literacy Awareness Laboratory (IBSTLAL) project;
  • Co-PI - National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Teacher Professional Continuum (TPC) funded grant for System-Wide Change: An Experimental Study of Teacher Development and Student Achievement in Elementary Science.- A Systemic partnership between Institution of Higher Education Faculty ( Science Content Professors and Science Education Professors) School Districts Science Content Experts, and Specialists, Community College Faculty, and Classroom Teachers .Award- $33,000,000;
  • Co-PI and Project Director- California Science and Mathematics Project (CaMSP). Funded by California Department of Education (CDE). Award $600,000;
  • Science Education Consultant and Facilitator of the Quality Educator Development (QED) Project –An NSF funded project involving Institution of Higher Education Faculty (in Content and Pedagogy) School Districts Science Content Experts, and Specialists, Community College Faculty and Classroom Teachers. Award-$4,000,000);
  • Co-PI of a Teacher Quality Project in Nigeria that 1) provides a comprehensive professional development program for school principals and head teachers 2) provide professional development to teachers with a focus on increasing student achievement;
  • Recipient of the 2006 Summer RSCAAP mini-grant. Award-5, 000;
  • Participant in the Teacher for a New Era (TNE) project, -A California State University (CSU) initiative;
  • British Council Writing Panel for Secondary School Environmental Science Series;

Research interest

Science instruction, Pre-service, and in-service teacher preparation, Indigenous science and technology, Professional Development and classroom implementation.

Editorial Work

  • Editor, International Journal of Education and Social Learning (IJESOL)
  • Co-editor, International Journal for Education Science & Public Policy in Africa (IJESPPA)
  • Associate editor for MOI University Journal for the Gender Equity, Research and Development
  • Manuscript editor/reviewer for the Scientific Journals International (SJI): On Going;
  • Manuscript editor/reviewer for Journal of School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA): On Going;
  • Manuscript editor/reviewer for Urban Education: On-going
  • Manuscript editor/reviewer for the UNESCO Journal of African Culture and International Understanding: On Going
  • Manuscript editor/reviewer for SAGE publications Inc.

PUBLICATIONS (Book Chapters and Refereed Journals)

Book Chapters

Osisioma, I. (2012 In Review). Quality Assurance of Teaching, Learning and Research In Okebukola, P. and Shabani, J. (Eds.) Guide to Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Africa. United Nations Educational and Scientific Organization (UNESCO).

Osisioma, I. (2012 ). Moving From Theory to Practice: Applying Research on Student Learning to Science Education. In Ivowi, U.M.O, (Ed.). Education in Nigeria: From the Beginning to the Future

Osisioma, I. (2011, in Review). Effective teaching of freshman classes. In Okebukola, P. and Shabani, J. (Eds.) Guide to effective teaching and learning in higher education in Africa. United Nations Educational and Scientific Organization (UNESCO).

Moscovici, H., Osisioma, I. & Sarmiento, L. (2010). Learning to move from d to D to d’: Urban elementary pre-service science teacher candidates’ transition from vernacular to the language of science education and science. Promising Practices To Meet Global Challenges In Science And Mathematics Education. International Consortium for Research in Science and Mathematics Education. Columbus, Ohio.

Osisioma, I. (2010, in Print).Advancing girls’ participation in science and technology education through the use gender inclusive research based instructional strategies. United Nations Educational and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) Book to be published 2010.

Moscovici, H. & Osisioma, I. (2009). Resolving issues of cultural discontinuity in co-facilitation of professional development. In K. C. Wieseman and M. H. Weinburgh (Eds.)Becoming and Being: Women’s Experiences in Leadership in K-16 Science Education Communities (pp. 81-94). Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) Series in Science Education. London, New York : Springer.

 

Refereed Journals

Osisioma, I (2010). Rethinking the Nigerian educational reform process: Lessons from selected nations with unprecedented economic growth. International Journal of Educational Research. Vol. 11(3) 6-31.

Osisioma, I. & Onyia, C. (2009).Capturing middle school students’ voices on the use of science inquiry in their classrooms.   International Education Studies Vol. 2(2), 3-16.

Osisioma, I., & Ndunda, M. (2008).Behind the Masks: Identifying Students’ Competencies for Teaching and Learning Science and Mathematics in Urban Settings. School Science and Mathematics (SSMA), Vol, 108(8), 389-400.

Osisioma, I. & Onyia, C. (2008). Inquiry –Oriented Science in Urban Secondary Schools: Voices of New and Experience Science Teachers on Perception of Preparedness. International Education Studies Vol. 1, (2). 92-103.

Osisioma, I. & Moscovici, H. (2008). Profiling the beliefs of the forgotten teachers: An Analysis of intern   teachers’ frameworks for urban science teaching. Journal of Science Teacher Education 19(3), 285-311.

Moscovici, M. & Osisioma, I. (2008). Designing the Best Urban, Preservice Elementary Science Methods Course: Dilemmas and Considerations. Journal of Elementary Science Education (JESE). Vol. 20(4) 15-28.

Osisioma, U.I. N. (1995).Concept capping: A useful tool in the teaching of difficult integrated science concepts. Journal of Science Teachers’ Association of Nigeria, Vol. 10, 45-52.

Osisioma U. I. N. (1995).Attaining meaningful learning of the concept of energy: The efficacy of the concept mapping technique, International Journal of Educational Research, Vol. 14, 109-112.

Osisioma, U. I. N. (1994). The Relationship Between Formal Reasoning Ability, Acquisition of Science Process Skills and Science Achievement. Journal of Science Teachers’ Association of Nigeria, Vol. 8, 144-151.

 

INVITED PRESENTATIONS AT NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS AND MEETINGS (Selected).

2013-    Lead presenter and facilitator at series of workshops for University Faculty, K-12 teachers and Non-profit organizations on the Integration of Environmental, Energy and Technology into their regular curriculum and Building a Learning Community of Environmental and Sustainable Energy Educators (Building E3 Learning Community). Presented at California State University Los Angeles- California. February 2nd, & 23rd, March 23rd, and April 27th 2013.

2011- Lead Paper: Re-evaluating the Nigerian Science and Technology Education: Equipping the Nigerian Child with Skills and Competencies to Succeed in the Competitive Global Community. Presented at The First International Conference of the Faculty of Education Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka- May 22-28, 2011

2011- Lead Paper. General Studies Education and Technology Integration: Implication for Curriculum Design and Faculty Development in Knowledge based Era. Presented at the School of General Studies University of Nigeria, Nsukka Annual International Conference. May 26, 2011.

2011- Creating Community of Learning. Workshop organized at the Jonice International Port Harcourt, River State of Nigeria July 20- 24, 2011.

2009-    Advancing girls’ participation in science and technology education through the use gender inclusive research based instructional strategies. Invited by UNESCO to present at their First International Conference On Girls And Women In Science And Technology In Africa. Bamako, Mali. July 13-16, 2009.

2009-    Experiencing and participating in the use of gender inclusive research based instructional strategies. Invited by UNESCO to present at their Capacity Building Training Workshop on Teaching of Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology Education, Ségou, Mali, 17-18 July 2009

2009-    Improving Teaching and Learning in Nigerian Public Schools: Monitoring and Evaluating Existing Professional Development Program. Invited by Faculty (College) of Education University of Nigeria, Nsukka to present a white paper present at their Annual International Conference on Building Entrepreneurship Skills for the 21st Century Workforce, Nsukka, Nigeria May 14-16, 2009.

2009-    Collaboration strategies for writing successful grant proposals. Professional development workshop held at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka Nigeria. May 18-21, 2009.

2009-    Organized the First International Collaboration Conference held in CSUDH, California that culminated in a Black tie Dinner for CSUDH and California Association for Nigerian Educators (CANE) conference participants, September 26th -28th 2008.

2008-    Working Like a Scientist: Honing Students' Problem Solving Skills Through the Use of the “Inquiry” Strategy. Workshop held at the CSUDH Teacher Education Alumni Event. November 1, 2008.

2008-    Enhancing Teacher Competence (ETC) Trainer of Trainers Workshops, at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka Nigeria. April 10-14, 2008.

2008-   Enhancing Teacher Competence (ETC) Trainer of Trainers Workshops. Professional development workshop held at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka Nigeria. July 14-18, 2008.

2006-   The dilemma of Nigerian women in science technology and mathematics education: Balancing academic, professional, and personal lives. Workshop conducted for women science educators at the annual conference of Science Teachers’ Association of Nigeria (STAN), August 15-21 2006.

2005-   Active learning strategies for the science classrooms. Workshop conducted at the annual conference of the Science Teachers’ Association of Nigeria (STAN), Jos, Nigeria August 15-21 2005.

PAPERS PRESENTED AT LOCAL, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES

Osisioma, (2013). Identifying, Locating and Sustainability Measures for Indigenous Science and Technology Cultures in Africa: Case Studies of African Countries. Preliminary Report of a UNESCO Cultural Project, presented at theFourth International Conference of the Science & Indigenous Knowledge Systems Project/South African-Mozambican Collaborative Project, October 29-31st, 2013, The University of Western Cape-South Africa.

Osisioma, I. (2013). Educating for Informed Participation in the Move Toward Environmental Sustainability

Presented at the 10th Annual North American Association for Environmental Education Research Symposium October 8-9, 2013, Baltimore, Maryland.

Osisioma, I. (2012). Accelerating, and Assuring Quality in Science, Technology and Innovation for Africa's sustainable development. Presented at the Fifth International Conference On Quality Assurance In Higher Education In Africa And Capacity Building (Training) Workshop (ICQAHEA-2012) Held in Abidjan (Conference) and Yamoussoukro (Workshop), Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. September 10-14, 2012

Osisioma, I. & Lal, S. (2012). Classroom perspective: Observation of the implementation of a fourth Grade immersion science inquiry curriculum. Paper presented at the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST) Annual International Conference. Indianapolis, Indiana March 24-29 2012

Okebukola, P. & Osisioma, I. (2012). Challenges and opportunities in science education in Africa, NSTA Global conversations in Science Education.Paper presented at the National Science Teachers’ Association (NSTA) Annual International Conference. Indianapolis, Indiana March 29- April 1, 2012.

Osisioma, I. (2011). Gender related issues in the US: Exploring gender inequality in the teaching and learning of math and science. Leveraging best practices to accelerate quality improvement in teaching, learning and research in higher education in Africa. UNESCO International Conference, Bamako, Mali September 5-8, 2011.

Osisioma, I & Ogunsola-Bandele, M. (2011). Engaging urban pre-service teachers in meaningful reflective practices   through video analysis and peer feedback. Paper presented at the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST) Annual International Conference. Orlando, Florida April 3-6, 2011.

Osisioma, I. & Moscovici, H. (2010). Challenges, and Solutions of a Collaborative Science Professional Development in Urban Centers. Paper presented at the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST) Annual International Conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania March 21-24 2010.

Lal, S. & Osisioma, I. (2010). Classroom Perspectives: Observations of Fourth Grade Implementation of Science Inquiry. To be presented the Annual International Conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Denver, Colorado, April 30- May 4, 2010.

Osisioma, I. & Ndunda, M. (2010). Identifying Students’ Competencies for Learning Mathematics and Science: A Reflective Analysis of Classroom Practices in Urban Settings. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Science Teacher Education (ASTE). Sacramento, California. January 14-16, 2010.

Osisioma, I. (2009). Working Like a Forensic Scientist: Investigating Mystery White Powders. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the California Science Teachers Association (CSTA). Palm Springs, California. October 22-25, 2009.
Osisioma, I. (2009). Advancing girls’ participation in science and technology education through the use gender inclusive research based instructional strategies. Paper presented at the First International Conference on Girls and Women in Science and Technology in Africa. Bamako, Mali. July 13-16, 2009.

Osisioma, I. & Onyia, C. (2009).Improving Teaching and Learning in Nigerian Public Schools: Monitoring and Evaluating Existing Professional Development Program. White Paper presented at the Annual International Conference on Building Entrepreneurship Skills for the 21st Century Workforce, Nsukka, Nigeria May 14-16, 2009.

Osisioma, I. & Onyia, C. (2009).Capturing middle school students’ voices on the use of science inquiry in their classrooms. Paper presented at the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST) Annual International Conference, Garden Grove, CA, April, 17-21, 2009.

Okebukola, P. & Osisioma, I. (2009). Experts’ perception of challenges and opportunities in science education in Africa: An agenda to accelerate catch-up. Paper presented at the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST) Annual International Conference, Garden Grove, CA, April 17-21, 2009.

Moscovici, H., Osisioma, I. & Sarmiento, L. (2009). Learning to move from d to D: Urban pre-service science teacher candidates’ transition from vernacular to the language of science.Paper presented at the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST) Annual International Conference, Garden Grove CA, April 17-21, 2009.

Lal, S. & Osisioma, I. (2009). Challenges of instructional reform in a large urban district: How local capacity shapes policy implementation-The classroom perspective: Exploring the complexities and challenges of implementation of fourth grade science inquiry immersion curriculum. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual conference, San Diego CA, April 13-17, 2009.

Osisioma, I. (2008). What makes one food different from another?: Inquiring the nutrient contents of common foods. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the California Science Teachers Association. San Francisco, California 23-26, 2008.

Osisioma, I. & Moscovici, H. (2008).Cultural discontinuity within a professional development team –challenges and solutions.Paper presented at the 13th Annual Values and Leadership Conference, Victoria BC, October, 2-4, 2008.

Osisioma, I. & Moscovici, H. (2008).Designing the Best Pre-service Urban Elementary Science Methods Course – Dilemmas and Considerations. Paper presented at the twelfth Consultation of the International Consortium for Research in Science and Mathematics Education (ICRSME XII) Quito, Ecuador, May 13-16, 2008,

Osisioma, I. & Moscovici, H. (2008). Navigating the Bottleneck of Curriculum Planning: Exploring the Struggles in Planning the Pre-service Elementary Science Method Course. Paper Presented at the Annual International conference of National Association of Research in Science Teaching, Baltimore, Mary Land, March, 30- April, 2.

Osisioma, I., Lal, S. & Kelly, K., (2008).Inquiry-Based Instructional Practices in Elementary Science Classrooms in the First Year of a School-Randomized Control Trial. Paper presented at the Annual conference of American Educational Research Association, New York, March, 24-29.

Osisioma, I., Moscovici, H. & Turker, S. (2008).Collaborative Science Professional Development in Urban Centers: Challenges and Solutions. Paper Presented at the Annual conference of Association for Science Teacher Education St. Louis, Missouri, January 10-12.

Osisioma, I & Moscovici, H. (2007). Incongruities of water chemistry: Inquiring the chemical properties of water. Paper Presented at the Annual conference of California Science Teachers’ Association (CSTA) Long Beach, California, October 25-28.

Moscovici, H. & Osisioma, I. (2007). Moving from hands-on to teaching science according to the standards. Paper Presented at the Annual conference of California Science Teachers’ Association (CSTA) Long Beach, California, October 25-28.

Osisioma, I., Ndunda, M. & Moscovici, M. (2007).Urban high school: Factors that enhance and those that impede the learning of mathematics and science. Paper presented at the annual International conference of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST) New Orleans, Louisiana, April 15-18.

Osisioma, I., & Moscovici, M. (2007). Profiling the beliefs of the forgotten teachers: An analysis of intern teachers’ frameworks for urban science teaching. Paper presented at the annual International conference of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST) New Orleans, Louisiana, April 15-18.

Moscovici, M. & Osisioma, I. (2007). Designing the best pre-service urban elementary science methods course: Dilemmas and consideration. Paper presented at the annual International conference of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST) New Orleans, Louisiana, April 15-18.

Osisioma, I. & Moscovici, M. (2007). Secondary intern teachers’ conception of the use of inquiry methods of science teaching in the urban classroom. Paper presented at the international conference of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) Clearwater Beach, Florida, January 4-6.

Pringle, R. & Osisioma, I. (2007). Learning to teach science in an embedded field-experience: from theory to practice. Paper presented at the international conference of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) Clearwater Beach, Florida, January 4-6.

Osisioma I. & Moscovici, H. (2006). Analyzing the relationships between beliefs about science teaching and classroom actions. Paper presented at the annual conference of the California Science Teachers’ Association (CSTA), San Francisco, CA, October 19-22.

Osisioma I. & Ogunsola-Bandele, M. (2006). Breaking women’s attitudinal barriers to technology through the use of the Internet. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Science Teachers’ Association of Nigeria (STAN), Calabar, Nigeria August 15-19.

Osisioma I. (2006). Authentic inquiry-based activities in urban high school science classrooms. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Science Teachers’ Association (NSTA), Anaheim, CA April 5-9.

Moscovici, H. & Osisioma, I. (2006). Inquiring the unseen: Products and processes in photosynthesis and respiration. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Science Teachers’ Association (NSTA), Anaheim, CA, April 5-9.

Osisioma, I. (2006). Profiling the beliefs of the forgotten teachers: An analysis of intern teachers’ frameworks for urban science teaching. Paper presented at the annual international conference of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), Portland, OR, January 12-14.

Osisioma, I.& Ndunda, M. (2006). A Re-examination of Science for all Americans goal: a view from within and without. A paper presented at the ASTE International Conference, January 12-14, 2006, Portland, Oregon.

Osisioma, I., Ndunda, M. & Moscovici, H. (2006). A reexamination of science for all Americans goal: A view from within and without. Presented at the Annual International Conference of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), Portland, OR, January 12-14.

Moscovici, H. & Osisioma, I. (2005). Plant growth and development: Connecting biology and chemistry. Paper presented at the annual conference of the California Science Teachers’ Association (CSTA) Palm Springs, CA, October, 28-30.

  Osisioma, I. (2004). Journal entry, active, and group learning strategies. Presented at the 2004 new faculty orientation seminar organized by Center for Teaching and Learning.

Osisioma, U. I. N. (2004).A multicultural dimension of students’ perception Of learning Environment in an inner–city science classroom. Read at the Annual Meeting of NARST. Vancouver, B. C. Canada.

Osisioma, U. I. N. (1997). Remediation of gender inequity in science in a developing country: An experiment with cooperative concept mapping. Read at the Annual Meeting of NARST. Chicago, Illinois.

Osisioma, U.I.N. (1996). Meaningful learning of science concepts: A measure of the understanding of the content of SSCE Biology. Read at the 37th Annual Conference of STAN, Uyo, Nigeria. Best conference paper of the year.

Osisioma, U. I. N. (1996). Effects of modes of concept mapping and gender on Students’ achievement in and attitude towards integrated science. Read at the 37th Annual Conference of STAN, Uyo, Nigeria.

Osisioma,U. I. N. & Nzewi, U. M. (1995). What the university science students expect of an effective science teacher. Read at the Ohuche Valedictory Conference Nsukka, Nigeria.

Osisioma U.I.N.(1995). Assessing the level of practical skills possessed by senior secondary school students prior to the senior secondary certificate examination. Read at the 36th Annual Conference of STAN, Maidugury, Nigeria.

Osisioma, U. I. N. (1995). Exploring the use of concept mapping as an alternative strategy to arrest the problem of under- achievement in science at the junior secondary school level. Read at the National Conference on Effective Teaching, Awka , Nigeria.

Osisioma, U.I.N. & Nzewi, U.M. (1995). A meta-analysis of research in alternative strategies for science   teaching. Read at the National Conference on Effective Teaching, Awka, Nigeria

Osisioma, U. I. N. (1994). Difficult concepts in biology: Identification, and instructional strategies. Paper read at the 35th Annual Conference of the Science Teachers’ Association (STAN). Abeokuta, Nigeria.

Osisioma, U.I.N. (1994). Practicalizing self reliance and self employment: The biology model. Read at the First Annual Workshop on Practicalizing Self Employment. Oba, Nigeria.

Osisioma, U.I.N. & Okonkwo, V. C. (1994). Studies in Science and Mathematics Teaching Strategies: A Methodological Analysis of Experimental Designs. Read at the Inaugural Meeting of the Nigeria Association for Science Education Research (NASER). Lagos, Nigeria.

Okonkwo, V. C. & Osisioma, U. I. N. (1994). Review of Studies on Students’ Achievement in Math and Science. Read at the Inaugural Meeting of NASER, Lagos, Nigeria.