Geraldine L. Cochran

CASTLE Coordinator


Contact Information

OfficeORN 1327
Phone585-475-7828
Emailglcsps@rit.edu


B.S. Mathematics, 2004, Chicago State University
B.S. Physics, 2004, Chicago State University
M.A.T. Secondary School Physics, 2009, Chicago State University
Ed.S. Science Education, 2013, Florida International University
Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction, 2013, Florida International University

Research Interests

science teacher preparation, Learning Assistnat (LA) programs, equity in K-12 science education, and reflective practice.


Selected Publications

 
 Peer-reviewed journal articles

  1. Trouille, L.E., Coble, K., Cochran, G.L., Bailey, J.M., Camarillo, C., Nickerson, M.D., & Cominsky, L. R. [Accepted June, 2013].  Investigating student ideas about cosmology III:  Big Bang theory, expansion, age, and history of the universe.  Astronomy Education Review.
  2. Trouille, L.E., Coble, K., Bailey, J.M., Cochran, G.L., Camarillo, C., Nickerson, M.D., & Cominsky, L. R. [Accepted June, 2013].  Investigating student ideas on cosmology II:  Composition of the universe.  Astronomy Education Review.
  3. Coble, K. M., Camarillo, C. T., Trouille, C. T., Bailey, J. B., Cochran, G. L, Nickerson, M. D., & Cominsky, L. R. (2013).  Investigating student ideas about cosmology I:  Distances and structure.  Astronomy Education Review, 12 (1), 1-54.  
  4. Bailey, J. M., Coble, K. M., Cochran, G. L., Larrieu, D., Sanchez, R., & Cominsky, L. R. (2012).  A Multi-institutional investigation of students’ preinstructional ideas about cosmology.  Astronomy Education Review, 11 (1), 1-21.

 
Invited conference proceedings

  1. Cochran, G. L., Brookes, D. T., Kramer, L. H., & Brewe, E. (2012).  A framework for assessing learning assistants' reflective writing assignments.  American Institute of Physics, 1513, 15-18. 

 
Peer-reviewed conference proceedings (*proposal) (3 of 6)

  1. Cochran, G.L., & Brookes, D.T., & Wells, L. (2013).  Physics Learning Assistants’ Views on Expert Teaching:  Toward an Understanding of PCK.  Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference, Portland, OR.
  2. Cochran, G.L., & Brookes, D.T. (2013).  Prospective teachers serving as physics learning assistants’ perspectives on reflective practice.  Paper presented at the South Florida Education Research Conference, Miami, FL.
  3. *Cochran, G. L., Brewe, E., Kramer, L. H., Brookes, D. T. (2012).  Assessing the reflective practice of prospective teachers through written reflections.  Paper presented at the meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching, Indianapolis, IN.

 
 
Published abstracts
Camarillo, C., Coble, K., Hayes, V., Nickerson, M., Cochran, G., Bailey, J., McLin, K., & Cominsky, L. (2011).  Investigating student understanding of the universe:  Perceptions of astronomical sizes and distances.  Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 43.
http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2011AAS...21833305C
Coble, K. A., Cochran, G. L., Hayes, V., Nickerson, M., Camarillo, C. T., Bailey, J. M., McLin, K. M., & Cominsky, L. R. (2011).  Investigating student understanding of the universe:  Age and expansion.  Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 43.
http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2011AAS...21833303C
Hayes, V., Coble, K., Nickerson, M. Cochran, G. L., Camarillo, C. T., Bailey, J. M., McLin, K. M., & Cominsky, L. R. (2011).  Investigating student understanding of the universe:  Structure, Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 43.
http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2011AAS...21833304H
Nickerson, M., Coble, K., Cochran, G. L., Hayes, V. L., Camarillo, C. T., Bailey, J. M., McLin, K. M. & Cominsky, L. R. (2011).  Investigating student understanding of the universe:  Dark matter, Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 43.
http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2011AAS...21833302N
Coble, K., Cochran, G., Hayes, V., Larrieu, D., Sanchez, R., McLin, K., & Cominsky, L. (2010).  Using the big ideas in cosmology to teach college students, Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 41, 828.
http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2010AAS...21641605C
Coble, K. A., Cochran, G. L., Larrieu, D., Bailey, J., Sanchez, R., Cominsky, L., & McLin, K. (2010). Probing student understanding of cosmology.  Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 41, 508.
 http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2010AAS...21546614C
 
Recent Invited Presentations (2010-2013) (5 of 6)
 

  1. Cochran, G. L., Brookes, D. T., Kramer, L. H., & Brewe, E. (2013, April).  Investigating prospective science teachers' views on teaching, reflection, and expertise.  Invited session at the 2013 Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  2. Cochran, G. L., Brookes, D. T., Kramer, L. H., & Brewe, E., (2012, August).  "A framework for assessing learning assistants' reflective writing assignments."  Invited Session at the 2012 Physics Education Research Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  3. Cochran, G. L., Musoba, G., Pineda, F., & Robertson, D. (2012, March).  “Where international meets intercultural.”  Invited Panel Session at the 2012 Diversity Week at Florida International University, Miami, FL.
  4. Cochran, G. L., Gonzalez, V., Incera, V., Muhoro, P., Rockward, W., & Sunda-Meya, A. (2012, February).  “Cultural perspectives on teacher education.”  Invited Panel Session at the 2012 Physics Teacher Education Coalition Conference:  New Paradigms for Physics Teacher Education, Ontario, CA.
  5. Cochran, G. L., Coble, K. A., & Bailey, J. (2010, July) Addressing students needs in understanding cosmology. Invited talk at NASA’s 2010 Education and Public Outreach Workshop, Sonoma, CA.

 
Sponsored Participant (1 of 3)

  1. Cochran, G.L.  Mini-symposia:  The results of the African diaspora:  Developing Black Scholars in Science Education for the 21st Century in the United States, 2013-2014.