Sharon Dotger

Sharon Dotger
Professor; Faculty Director for Teacher Education and Undergraduate Studies
Phone: 315.443.9138
Address: 150 Huntington Hall
Academic Program Area Focus: Childhood Education, Inclusive Special Education, Science Education


  • Ph.D. Science Education, North Carolina State University, 2006
  • M.S. Science Education, Montana State University, 2003
  • B.A. Biology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1998

Research & Scholarship

Research Focus:

Lesson study; Science teaching & learning; Teaching Preparation

 My research and teaching focus on how students learn science and how learning is related to teaching. While it seems evident that teaching and learning are related, the exact nature of this relationship, especially as it relates to elementary science, needs much more specification. I collaborate with elementary teachers through a process called lesson study in order to learn how students think about science ideas. I have infused our elementary methods class with lesson study and I teach open research lessons on campus once a year. I am a member of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching and the Association for Science Teacher Educators. 

One of Professor Dotger's projects: Lesson Study