Alicia Baier Wideman
Doctorate of Education in K-12 Educational Leadership. Expected 2021. Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Master of Science in Cell Biology. Department of Medical Sciences, University of Alberta. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Bachelor of Education. Specialization: Secondary science. University of Alberta. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Bacherlor of Science. Major: Cell biology. Minor: Philosophy, Chemistry, Outdoor Education. Augustana Faculty, University of Alberta, Camrose, Alberta, Canada.
Authentic inquiry-based science education, knowledge brokering, science curriculum, pre-service teacher education, policy, reform
Alicia is the Inquiry Research Coordinator in the Biodesign Pathfinder Center at Arizona State University. Her passion for science education is informed by education research and inspired by her experiences in scientific research and the classroom. Alicia is an advocate for providing engaging and meaningful science education through student-centered learning and authentic inquiry-based opportunities as a means to develop critical thinking, problem solving, prosocial, scientifically literate, environmental stewards. Her driving motivation is to align science education programs with the values and goals central to science curriculum, standards, and frameworks outlined by the New Generation Science Standards (NGSS), National Academy of Science (NAS), and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Alicia?s research is focused on investigating the inconsistency between the intended and experienced curriculum, standards, and frameworks of secondary science education. Her goal is to help coordinate approaches within, and between, the arenas of policy, pre-service teacher education, and in-service teacher professional development to create meaningful and sustained change in educational systems.
She holds a Master?s Degree in Molecular Cell Biology and has taught Grade 7-13 Science in England and Canada. Currently she is pursuing a Doctorate in Education through the University of Calgary.