Lisa M. Blank, Associate Professor (Click here to email Lisa)
Department of Curriculum & Instruction, University of Montana
Science Education


Project Collaborator,
Science Goes Spatial: Geotechnologies in the Classroom
Developing grades 5-12 geospatial curriculum and geodatabases.


Contact Information

University of Montana
School of Education
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812
E-mail: lisa.blank@mso.umt.edu
Telephone: 406-243-5304
Fax: 406-243-4028


Education

Ph.D., Indiana University, Science Education, 1997
M.A.T., Science, Indiana University, 1993
B.S., Environmental Science, Indiana University, 1987


Major research interests

Development of spatial cognition, spatial literacy, and spatial analysis in children and the application of this work to geospatial curriculum development for K-12 students.

Courses
• Teaching Science K-8
• Curriculum Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
• Ethics and Policy

Current Research Projects

Development of curricula to enhance spatial literacy
Creation of a national model for improving the teaching and learning of science in grades 5-12 using geotechnology tools and concepts.

Scientist-Teacher Partnerships
Building collaborative relationships between teachers and local scientists to cultivate a cadre of teachers dedicated to using student research to facilitate science understanding.


Selected publications

Blank, L., Crews, J. & Beed, D. (2005). Science goes spatial: Geotechnology in the
elementary classroom. Eisenhower National Clearinghouse Focus, 13 (1):
http://www.enc.org/features/focus/archive/ideas4science/document.shtm?input=FOC-003699-index#IDAHSYZC

Blank, L., Plautz, M., & Crews, J. (2004). Making an impact: Shattercones. Science
Scope, 28 (3): 40-42.

Blank, L. (2004). Our family tree: An evolution story. Reports of the National Center
for Science Education, 23 (5-6): 54.

Blank, L. & C. Brewer, O. Lee and A. Lukyx, S. Barker and D. Slingsby, K. Hollweg, K.
Comfort and R.W. Bybee (2003). Ecology education when no child is left behind.
Frontiers in Ecology and The Environment, 7: 383-390. http://biology.dbs.umt.edu/brewerlab/docs/No_Child_Left_Behind_Forum.pdf

Blank, L. (2002). Get wild about filmmaking. CLEARING: Environmental Education
Resources for Teachers,111: 32-33.

Brown F., & Blank, L. (2001). Bridging environmental education trans-atlantic: An
American and Hungarian teacher inservice project. International Journal of
Environmental Education and Information,20 (2): 77-92.

Wasta, S. & Blank, L. (2001). Making a huckleberry cobbler: An interdisciplinary journey.
Social Studies and the Young Learner ,13 (3): 17-20.

Blank, L. (2000). A metacognitive learning cycle: A better warranty for student
understanding? Science Education (84): 486-506.

Blank, L. (1999). The beast in you: activities and questions to explore evolution. Reports
of the National Center for Science Education, 19 (5): 42-43.

Blank, L. (Nov/Dec, 1998). Red light, blue light: Investigating animal signals. Science
Scope, 22 (3):14-18.

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