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Dr. Rebekka Darner

Associate Professor
School of Biological Sciences
Felmley Hall of Science - FHS 101
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Research Interests & Areas

I am a science education researcher, and I conduct research with the overarching goal of improving the scientific literacy of nonscientist members of the public, including teachers.

Ph D Mathematics and Science Education

University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University

MS Ecosystems Biology

Eastern Michigan University

BS Biology

Western Illinois University

Strand Diversity Award

Dean of Students

Impact Award

Illinois State University

Kenneth A. and Mary Ann Shaw Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching

College of Arts & Sciences, ISU

Faculty Fellow

Center for Teaching, Learning, & Technology, ISU

National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences

National Research Council


"Science Literacy for General Education at ISU: A Pilot Study". Illinois State University Annual Teaching & Learning Symposium. (2020)
Jin. G, Wodika, A., Darner, R., Lai, J.W., Cihlar, J. & Moore, M. (2020) “Pedagogical Tools Developed to Foster Accuracy-Oriented Reasoning”, 20th SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) Conference (Virtual), July 30-August 2.
Design and Implementation of AI Learning Cycles for AI Education in K-12. AAAI 2019 FALL SYMPOSIUM SERIES. the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. (2019)
Prospective Noyce Teacher Candidates’ Pedagogical Orientations towards Inquiry Science Teaching. National Association of Researchers in Science Teaching. (2017)
How do science graduate students benefit from conducting educational research?. National Association of Research in Science Teaching. (2016)
Do Pre-Service Elementary Teachers Learn to Make Evidence-Based Claims When Doing Inquiry-based Labs?. National Association of Researchers in Science Teaching Annual Conference. (2015)
Does an in-class note-taker help freshman take better notes in a general education course?. 2015 University-wide Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Symposium. Illinois State University. (2015)
Environmental data-driven inquiry and exploration (Project EDDIE): Modules that engage students in quantitative reasoning and scientific discourse using large, high-frequency and sensor-based datasets. Geological Society of America annual meeting. (2015)
Environmental data-driven inquiry and exploration (Project EDDIE): a model to engage students in quantitative reasoning and scientific discourse.. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. (2015)
The Hidden Curriculum behind Applying to Graduate School in the Sciences. Women in Science Seminar Series. Western Illinois University. (2015)

Grants & Contracts

A Technology-Enable Navigation Solution for Visually Impaired Pedestrians. Illinois State University. Illinois State University. (2023)
Repowering Schoools. U.S. Department of Energy. Federal. (2022)
An ethnographic investigation of future STEM teachers' development of disciplinary practices. Scholarship of Teaching & Learning University Research Grant. Illinois State University. (2018)
COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: Asynchronous Discussions to Engage Students in Scientific Argumentation. National Science Foundation. Federal. (2017)
ISU Noyce Scholarships for STEM Teachers from Under-Represented Groups. NSF. Illinois State University. (2016)