Tina Vo earned a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln focused on science education and technology. Dr. Vo specializes in supporting elementary (K-8) teachers and students to engage in science practices (e.g., asking questions, using models, thinking computationally). As a former middle school teacher, she believes in developing collaborative spaces for teachers and preservice teachers to develop and support critical thinking, encourage the consumption and implementation of relevant information, and personal reflection on learning. To that end, current research focuses include making and modeling towards solving community problems, preparing elementary science teachers for equitable 21st-century classrooms, and the role of epistemological considerations in classroom negotiations. Other research interests include games and simulations tied to scientific modeling, technology integration to support science in elementary contexts, professional development supporting elementary teachers’ engagement with science and educational geology, and understanding the intersection of science and mental health/wellness.
Elementary and middle-level science education, scientific modeling, science teacher education, mixed methodology design and research