Publications

Selected Journal Articles and Reports

Cisterna, D., Williams, M., & Merritt, J. (in press). Students' understanding of cells and heredity: Patterns of understanding in the context of a curriculum implementation in fifth and seventh grades. The American Biology Teacher.

Manokore, V., & Williams, M. (in press). Middle school students' reasoning about biological inheritance: The resemblance theory. International Journal of Biology Education.

Williams, M., DeBarger, A. H., Montgomery, B. L., Zhou, X., &. Tate, E. (2012). Exploring middle school students' conceptions of the relationship between genetic inheritance and cell division. Science Education, 96 (1), 78-103.

Williams, M., Merritt, J., Opperman, A., Porter, J., & Erlenbeck, K. (in press). Middle school students and heredity: Explaining the inheritance of two generations of plants. Science Scope.

Williams, M., Montgomery, B. L., & Manokore, V. (2012). From phenotype to genotype: Exploring middle school students' understandings of genetic inheritance in a web-based environment. The American Biology Teacher, 74(1), 35-40.

Williams, M. (2011). Preparing teachers to teach computational thinking in K-12. In the National Research Council Report of a Workshop on Pedagogical Aspects of Computational Thinking. Washington: DC. National Academies Press.

Williams, M. (2008). Moving technology to the center of instruction: How one experienced teacher incorporates a web-based environment over time. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 17(4), 316-333.

Williams, M., Linn, M. C., & Hollowell, G. P. (March 2008). Making mitosis visible. Science Scope, 31(7), 42-49.

Selected Conference Papers and Posters

Cisterna, D., & Williams, M. (2012, June). Fifth and seventh graders' patterns of understanding about cells and heredity in a technology-enhanced curriculum. Poster session presented at the meeting of the International Society of the Learning Sciences, Sydney, Australia.

Merritt, J., & Williams, M. (2012, March). Supporting students' learning of genetics utilizing an online visualizations-based genetics unit. Poster session presented at the meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Indianapolis, IN.

Trotman, A., Williams, M., & Koehler, M. (2011, April). Teacher interactions with technology: Comparison of two teachers' discursive practices in a web-based science environment. Poster session presented at the meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Orlando, FL.

Williams, M., DeBarger, A. H., & Montgomery, B. L. (2011, April). Unpacking middle school students' understanding of genetic inheritance and cell division using structural equation modeling. Poster and paper. Poster session presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

Williams, M., & Merritt, J. (2011, April). Supporting students' learning of genetics utilizing an online visualizations-based genetics unit. In M. Williams (Organizer), Progress in learning science through technology-enhanced models. Poster and paper. Structured poster symposium conducted at the meeting of the American EducationalResearch Association, New Orleans, LA.

Williams, M., Merritt, J., & Trotman, A. (2011, February). Using WISE: Examining upper-elementary and middle school students' understanding of biological inheritance. Paper session presented at the meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, San Diego, CA.

Williams, M., Manokore, V., & Trotman, A. (2010, February). High Impact of technology-enhanced inquiry instruction on upper-elementary and middle school students' science achievement. Paper session presented at the meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Atlanta, GA.

Invited Addresses

Williams, M. (2012, June 7-8). WISE Genetics. Invited participant at the National Science Foundation, The Academy of Finland, and Tekes Workshop on Innovations in Learning and Education, Finland Embassy, Washington D.C.

Williams, M. (2011, June 28-July 1). How students make sense of genetics: Development of evidence from elementary to middle school students. Invited symposium participant, DFG German Research Foundation - National Science Foundation Conference on Public Understanding and Public Engagement with Science, New York, NY.

Williams, M. (2010, April 4-6). Exploring elementary and middle school students' understanding of genetic inheritance in a web-based environment. Invited address at the Center for Education Research, Minority Visiting Scholar Lecture Series, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.

Williams, M. (2010, March 19). Impact of technology-enhanced instruction on upper-elementary and middle school students' understanding of genetic inheritance. Invited talk at the Learning Sciences Research Institute and the Curriculum and Instruction Department, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL.

Williams, M. (2010, February 4-5). Preparing teachers to teach computational thinking in K-12. Invited panelist at the National Academy of Sciences, Computational Thinking for Everyone Workshop, Washington, D.C.

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