Director of Earth and Space Science Teacher Licensure
Office: 302C Davis Hall
B.S., Geology, University at Albany (SUNY), 1999
M.A.T., Secondary Science Teaching, Cornell University, 2001
Ph.D., Geological Sciences, Michigan State University, 2013
Earth Science Education, Geocognition, Spatial Ability, Visuals in Science Education, Recruitment and Retention, Earth Science Teacher Certification.
My research involves applying quantitative and qualitative methods to study how students learn Earth Science concepts. I am particularly interested in how spatial thinking and visual representations influence student understanding. Additionally, I study the factors that influence the recruitment and retention of geoscience majors.
LaDue, N.D. and Pacheco, H.A. (2013). Critical Experiences for Geologists: Emergent Themes in Interest Development. Journal of Geoscience Education, 61 (4), 428-436.
LaDue, N.D. and Clark, S.K. (2012). Educator Perspectives on Earth System Science Literacy: Challenges and Priorities. Journal of Geoscience Education, 60, 372-383.
Wysession, M.E., LaDue, N., Budd, D.A., Campbell, K., Conklin, M., Kappel, E., Lewis, G., Raynolds, R., Ridkey, R.W., Ross, R.M., Taber, J., Tewksbury, B., and Tuddenham, P. (2012). Developing and Applying a Set of Earth Science Literacy Principles. Journal of Geoscience Education, 60(2), 95-99.
Hambrick, D.Z., Libarkin, J., Petcovic, H.L., Baker, K.M., Elkins, J., Callahan, C.N., Turner, S.P., Rench, T.A., and LaDue, N.D. (2012). A test of the circumvention-of-limits hypothesis in scientific problem solving: The case of geological bedrock mapping. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141(2): 397-403.