Fernando Espinoza

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New Academic Building



Office hours: 

  • Monday: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Wednesday: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Courses taught: 

  • Nature and Development of Science (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Topics in Earth and Space Science (graduate)
  • Methods of Teaching Science in Secondary School (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Literacy, Research, and Technology in Science Education (graduate)
  • Thesis Research (graduate)
  • Wave Motion: Light and Sound (undergraduate)


  • Ed.D. Columbia University, New York, NY
  • M.A. Queens College, Flushing, NY
  • B.A. Queens College, Flushing, NY

Research interests: 

  • Cognitive aspects of learning mechanics-Wave motion as inquiry (Physics Education Research)
  • Nature of Science (Science Education)
  • Use of microcomputer-based laboratories in learning science (Science Education)
  • Inquiry-based instruction (Science Education)

Select publications & presentations: 

  • “Wave Motion as Inquiry: The Physics and Applications of Light and Sound”. Springer Nature. (2017). ISBN: 978-3-319-45756-7 (Print), 978-3-319-45758-1 (eBook).
  • “Manipulation and Physicality in the Understanding of Wave Motion as Inquiry” 25th Annual Conference on Instructional Technologies (CIT) at SUNY Potsdam, May 31-June 3, 2016.
  • “Graphical Representations and the Perception of Motion: Integrating Isomorphism Through Kinesthesia into Physics Instruction”. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching (2015). Volume 34, Issue 2, (pp. 133-154).
  • “Scientifically speaking we know a lot, or do we? A model to represent knowledge of the natural world.” Paper presented at the Sixth International Conference on Science in Society. UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, Canada, October 10-11, 2014.
  • “Indoor Air Quality Determination by Particulate Matter Measurements”. First Place winner, Environmental Science Poster Presentation (by mentored students Stevee Delvaille, and Rodenellie Pluvoise).  21st Annual Statewide Student Conference, Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program. Bolton Landing, New York, April 12-14, 2013.
  • The Nature of Science: Integrating Historical, Philosophical, and Sociological Perspectives”. A textbook designed for courses on the nature and development of science. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc. (2012). ISBN: 978-1-4422-0951-0.
  •  “An Inquiry-Based Contextual Approach as the Primary Mode of Learning Science with microcomputer-based laboratory technology”. Journal of Educational Technology Systems, (2009-2010), Volume 38, Issue 4, (pp.407-426). With D. Quarless.