Professor of Science Education
EdD in Science Education, Vanderbilt University, 1991
Bio and Research Interests
David Devraj Kumar is a Professor of Science Education at Florida Atlantic University. Within the context of science for all students, his research and scholarly activities emphasize digital media supported problem-based learning, gaps in policy rhetoric and classroom practice in STEM, evaluation, climate change, and nanotechnology education. He has directed several funded research and development projects including those supported by US Department of Education, National Science Foundation, and Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Presently, he is a Principal Investigator of a NSF project evaluating STEM teacher recruitment and retention in high-need school districts in the United States. He is the Founding Director of the STEM Education Laboratory in the College of Education at FAU, a former Visiting Faculty at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, a former AERA Evaluation Fellow, and a Director Board Member of the Florida Fund for Minority Teachers created to promote diversity in teaching.
Recent Positions and Honors
Visiting Fellow, Governance Studies, Brown Center on Education Policy, The Brookings Institution, 2018-2019
Fellow of International Academy of Education
Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science
Member of European Academy of Sciences and Arts
Member of International Council on Materials Education
Honorary Fellow of The American Institute of Chemists
Fellow of Kerala Academy of Sciences
Outstanding Theoretical Journal Article Award, Research and Theory Division, Association for Educational Communications and Technology, 2020
Sir Ron Nyholm Education Prize, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2008-2009
STEM Champion Award (College Level), International STEM Education Association, 2013
Kumar, D. D., & Hansen, M. (2018). Climate confusion: Content and strategies, not controversy, are the biggest challenges for science teachers. Brown Center Chalk Board (October 30, 2018). Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution
Kumar, D. D. & Yurick, K. A. (2018). Web-assisted problem-based learning in nanotechnology and quality of student learning in elementary science. Journal of Materials Science Education, 40(1-2), 29-58.
Perez, K. & Kumar, D. D. (2018). STEM professional development policies in the United States: Trends & Issues. In Shelley, M., & Kiray, A. (eds.), Research highlights in STEM education. ISRES Publishing.
Hill, J. O., & Kumar, D. D. (2015). The development, implementation and quality assurance of a tertiary course on carbon neutral fuels, energy and environmental sustainability. The Chemical Educator, 20, 157-166.
Kumar, D. D. (2010). Approaches to video anchors in problem-based science
learning. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 19(1), 13-19.
Altschuld, J. W., & Kumar, D.D. (2010). Needs assessment: An overview. CA:
Kumar. D. D. & Sherwood, R. D. (2007). Effect of a problem based simulation on
the conceptual understanding of undergraduate science education students.
Journal of Science Education and Technology, 16(3), 239-246.
Florida Atlantic University
College of Education
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Davie, FL 33314
Phone: 954 236 1044