Becky Barton Sinclair, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Texas A&M University - Commerce
PO Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75429-3011
Becky.Sinclair@tamuc.edu
903-886-5182

Education

Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education (Earth Science and History); 1988;
        Texas A&M University,College Station, Texas, USA

Masters of Arts in Teaching, Science Education; 1994;
        The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson,Texas, USA

Doctor of Philosophy, Science Education; 2000;
        Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia, AU
        Dissertation: Assessing, Describing and Changing Classroom Environments in Urban Middle Schools

Teaching

Graduate Level Courses:
EDCI  595 Research Literature and Techniques
ELED 557 Social Studies Curriculum, Grades 1-8
ELED 529 Special Topics: Elementary Science Collaborative
ELED 529 Special Topics: Hands-on Inquiry and Research in Science

Undergraduate Level:
ELED 200 Schools and Society
ELED 437 Integrated Curriculum – Science
ELED 452 Student Teaching Field Based
ELED 443 Classroom Management Field Based

Research Interests

Research Publications & Presentations

Research Publications:
Szabo, S., Sinclair, B. & Boggs, M. (2008, Spring). Reading strategy awareness of student teachers, Academic Exchange Quarterly, 12(1), pp. 131-135.

Sinclair, B. & Szabo, S. (2008, April). Writing poetry to enhance science learning, The Texas Science Teacher, 36(2), pp. 12-16.

Szabo, S. & Sinclair, B. (2008, Spring). Using the language arts to help all students learn science concepts and science vocabulary, State of Reading Online Journal.

Sinclair, B. B., and Fraser, B.J. (2002, December). Assessing, describing and changing classroom environments in urban middle schools, Learning Environment Research: An International Journal, 5(3), pp. 301-328.

Presentations:
Juried International and National Presentations

Szabo, S., Sinclair, B., Linek, W., Sampson, M. & Raine, E. (2007, November). An Investigation of the Knowledge and Frequency Use of Content Reading Strategies by Middle-Level Pre-service Teachers, The National Reading Conference, Austin, Texas.

Szabo, S., & Sinclair, B., (2007, November). An Investigation of the Knowledge and Frequency Use of Content Reading Strategies by Middle-Level Pre-service Teachers, The College Reading Association (CRA) – National Convention, Salt Lake City, Utah.


Naizer, G., Sinclair, B. & Ledbetter, C. (2007, November).
A Teacher Professional Development Program for K-8 Science, School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA) – National Convention, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Sinclair, B., & Fraser, B. (2001, April). The Effect of Inservice Training and Teachers’ Action Research on Elementary Science Classroom Environments, Presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) - National Convention, Seattle, WA.

Sinclair, B., & Ledbetter, C. (2001, April). Enabling Teacher Improvement of Classroom Environments, Presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) - National Convention, St. Louis, MO.

Sinclair, B., Fraser, B., & Ledbetter, C. (2001, December). Assessing and changing classroom environments in urban middle schools in Texas, Presented at the Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE) – National Convention, Freemantle, Western Australia.

State and Local Presentations

Ledbetter, C., Fifer, F. & Sinclair, B. (2008, November). Making the Connections with Penny Ante Science, Short Course presented at the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching – State Convention, Ft. Worth, Texas.

Ledbetter, C., Fifer, F. & Sinclair, B. (2007, November). TEKS-ing through Penny Ante Science, Short Course presented at the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching – State Convention, Austin, Texas.

Szabo, S., & Sinclair, B. (2007, April). Hula Hoops, Science and Critical Thinking, Presented at the 3rd Annual Bill Martin Jr Memorial Symposium, Commerce, Texas.

Ledbetter, C., Fifer, F. & Sinclair, B. (2005, October). Tracking the TEKS and TAKS, Short Course presented at the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching – State Convention, Houston, Texas.

Invited Teaching Presentations for School Children

Sinclair, B. (2009, Anticipated February). Owl Pellets and Food Chains, Presented to all 4th grade classes at Parks Elementary School, Rockwall ISD, Heath, Texas.

Sinclair, B. (2008, October). Fossils, Bones, Amber and 3D Geology Technology, Presented to 4th grade class at Parks Elementary School, Rockwall ISD, Heath, Texas.

Sinclair, B. (2008, October). Plate Tectonics and Google Earth Training, Presented to all 6th grade classes at Rochell Elementary School, Rockwall ISD, Rockwall, Texas.

Sinclair, B. (2007, December). States of Matter and Dry Ice Investigations, Presented to 3rd grade class at Parks Elementary School, Rockwall ISD, Heath, Texas.

Sinclair, B. (2006, February). What Makes Landforms?, Presented to 2nd grade at Parks Elementary School, Rockwall ISD, Heath, Texas.

Sinclair, B. (2006, October). States of Matter and Making Goop, Presented to 3rd grade class at Parks Elementary School, Rockwall ISD, Heath, Texas.

Grant Participation and Training Presentations

“Elementary Earth Science Enhancement” – Teacher Quality Grant -- $82,947

“Northeast Texas Science Enhancement B” -- Teacher Quality Grant -- $82,887

Grant Consultant and/or Instructional Team Member

“Texas Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science Teaching” Grant -- $110,000

“Texas Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science Teaching” Grant -- $112,000

 “Texas Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science Teaching” Grant -- $110,000

Service

Scholarly Community
Editorial Board Member, Texas Science Teacher Journal

Texas A&M University – Commerce:

Community, Civic and Volunteer Activities
Classroom and School Volunteer, Parks Elementary School, Rockwall ISD, 2005-Present

Professional Associations

American Educational Research Association (AERA)
            SIG: Learning Environments
Association of Science Teacher Educators (ASTE)
Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE)
National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST)
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT)

Summer Science Education Classes Summer Science Education Classes

Contact Info

Email: Becky.Sinclair@tamuc.edu

Phone:903-886-5182

 

Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Texas A&M University - Commerce
PO Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75429-3011

 

 

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