Dr. Sara Raven is an assistant professor of science education at Texas A&M University. She has developed lines of scholarship that address areas of extreme need in science education and reflect her belief that all children - regardless of background or school context - should have access to high quality science learning experiences. Her work focuses on two interconnected lines of research in the field of science education: (1) science teaching and learning in preschool and early elementary classrooms, and (2) issues of equity and diversity in science education. Often, these lines co-exist in her work and are concurrently pursued. Her research within both lines revolves around aspects of a) student support, b) teacher preparation, and c) professional development for inservice teachers. Dr. Raven has published manuscripts in a variety of highly-respected peer-reviewed journals and books, and disseminated her research at international, national, regional, and state conferences. Dr. Raven is deeply passionate about her work, and is committed to continuing to pursue equity in science education.
- Ph.D. in Science Education, University of Georgia - (Athens, Georgia, United States) 2013
- M.A. in Science Education, University of Georgia - (Athens, Georgia, United States) 2010
- B.S.Ed. in Science Education, University of Georgia - (Athens, Georgia, United States) 2008
- Raven, S (2021). Why does this matter? The value of intersectionality. Cultural Studies of Science Education. 16(4), 1137-1148.
- Raven, S., Cevik, E., & Model, M (2020). Assessing the Effectiveness of a Novel Microscopy Technique in Middle & High School Science Classrooms. The American Biology Teacher. 82(7), 463-469.
- Namdar, B., Aydin, B., & Raven, S (2020). Preservice Science Teachers’ Informal Reasoning about Hydroelectric Power Issue: The Effect of Attitudes towards Socio-scientific Issues and Media Literacy. International Journal of Research in Education and Science. 6(4), 551-551.
- Raven, S (2020). Transformative Holistic Learning Experiences through Study Abroad: Place-Based Pedagogy with Pre/In-service Teachers. Journal of Transformative Learning. 7(1), 41-55.
- Williams-Duncan, O., & Raven, S (2020). Robots and Reading: Trade books and circuit activities enhance science literacy and energy education.. Science and Children. 57(6),
- Raven, S., Davis, T. J., & Craig, C. J (2020). The Mentor–Mentee Faculty Relationship: Cases of Reciprocal Learning and Leading. Craig, C. J., Turchi, L., & McDonald, D. M. (Eds.), Cross-Disciplinary, Cross-Institutional Collaboration in Teacher Education: Cases of Learning and Leading. 83-95. Springer International Publishing.
- Raven, S. P. (2018). Sexuality, Gender, and Families in the Animal Kingdom: Lessons from the Wild. Cushner, K., & Dowdy, J. (Eds.), From the Margins to the Mainstream Enhancing Social Awareness in the Social Studies Classroom. 81-85. R&L Education.
- Raven, S. (2016). Promoting Creativity through Writing in Science. Dowdy, J. K., & Gao, Y. (Eds.), Pump It Up. 3-8. SensePublishers.