Research Presentation from Dr. Lama Jaber


Dr. Lama Jaber is an Assistant Professor of Science Education in the School of Teacher Education at Florida State University and a core faculty in the FSU-Teach program. Lama earned her doctorate in science education at Tufts University where she also worked as a post-doctoral researcher for one year prior to joining FSU. Her research examines learners’ disciplinary engagement in science, in particular learners’ feelings and emotions within that engagement, both in face-to-face and online learning environments. She also studies how teachers promote disciplinary engagement through responsive teaching practices and examines the role of teachers’empathy in that process. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, including an NSF Early CAREER grant and another NSF-funded project with colleagues at FSU. In addition, she was recently awarded the 2021 Early Career Research Award from NARST, A Global Organization for Improving Science Education.

Florida State University

Presentation Title: Epistemic Empathy 

Dr. Lama Jaber joined Florida State University as an assistant professor of science education in the School of Teacher Education in August 2015. She also joined as core faculty in the FSU-Teach program where she teaches pre-service science and mathematics teachers.

Her research explores learners’ engagement in scientific inquiry in various contexts, focusing on learners’ feelings and emotions within that engagement. She uses discourse and interactional video analysis to develop case studies of students disciplinary engagement and persistence in science. Moreover, she is interested in the study and design of responsive teaching classrooms that promote students’ engagement and epistemic agency. To that end, she examines how pre-service and in-service teachers learn to become more responsive to students’ thinking and emotions in science.

Dr. Jaber’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of the Learning SciencesScience EducationInternational Journal of Science Education, and International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, as well as in a book chapter on Responsive Teaching in Science and Mathematics published by Routledge. She has served as a reviewer for multiple journals including the Journal of the Learning SciencesScience Education, Cognition & InstructionEducational Researcher, and the Physical Review Special Topics – Physics Education Research.

Dr. Jaber has taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate education courses on topics related to the nature of disciplinary engagement in science, the epistemological foundations of education research, and knowing and learning in science and mathematics. She has also co-designed and co-taught a series of blended online professional development courses for middle school science teachers.

Prior to her appointment at FSU, Dr. Jaber trained as a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Education at Tufts University where she earned her Ph.D. in science education.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, and a teaching diploma and a master’s degree in science education from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, where she taught middle and high school science for three years.


What:           Research talk from Lama Jaber

When:          Friday April 30

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