Assistant Professor of STEM Education
Feminist Approaches to Science and Technology Studies (LIBS 320B)
Exploring the Unknown (LIBS 201)
Challenge of Response in the Modern World (LIBS 202)
I am a learning scientist and discipline-based education researcher specializing in science and engineering education. I am specifically interested in how people and communities learn and engage in science and engineering outside of school. My current ethnographic research examines how a community of citizen scientists and whitewater canoers accessed, learned, and engaged with water quality science in Texas and on the border. Previously, I have worked on understanding the STEM doctoral student experience and increasing the usage of active learning in undergraduate STEM classrooms
Shekhar, P., Borrego, M., Finelli, C., DeMonbrun, M., Crockett, C., & Nguyen, K. A. (Forthcoming). Negative Student Response to Active Learning in STEM Classrooms: A Systematic Review of Underlying Reasons. Journal of College Science Teaching.
Borrego, M., Choe, N., Nguyen, K. A., & Knight, D. B. (2019). STEM Doctoral Student Agency Regarding Funding. Studies in Higher Education. doi: 10.1080/03075079.2019.1650737
Nguyen, K. A. (2019). Border Patrol: Questioning the Citizen in Citizen Scientist. Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics. 9(1), 27-29. doi:10.1353/nib.2019.0012
Finelli, C. J., Nguyen, K. A., DeMonbrun, R. M., Borrego, M., Prince, M. J., Husman, J., Henderson, C., Shekhar, P., & Waters, C. K. (2018). Reducing student resistance to active learning: Strategies for instructors. Journal of College Science Teaching, 47(5), 80-91.
Tharayil, S., Borrego, M., Prince, M., Nguyen, K. A., Shekhar, P., Finelli, C., & Waters, C. (2018). Strategies to mitigate student resistance to active learning. International Journal of STEM Education. 5(1), 7. doi:10.1186/s40594-018-0102-y
Nguyen, K. A., Husman, J., Borrego, M., Shekhar, P., Prince, M., DeMonbrun, R. M., Finelli, C., Henderson, C., & Waters, C. (2017). Students’ Expectations, Types of Instruction, and Instructor Strategies Predicting Student Response to Active Learning. International Journal of Engineering Education, 33(1(A)), 2-18.