2014- Associate Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, UM 2013-2014 Assistant Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, UM (On-leave, UGA, Promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure) 2008-2012 Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics & Science Education, The University of Georgia 2006-2008 Post-doctoral Researcher at the Technology-Enhanced Learning Science center, University of California, Berkeley
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Educational technology, Interdisciplinary and integrated STEM education, Transformative modeling, Innovative assessment, Science teacher education, International STEM education, Epistemology
Imagine the Future (IF Club) (2014-now): (Previously known as the Speculative Fiction for Integrated Literacy (SFIL) project): The project aims to help students develop core competencies in reading, writing, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) areas through integrated and collaborative learning with digital media and advanced technologies in iKOS. In collaboration with Dr. Blaine Smith. Intro Video, The Miami Hurricane. Transformative Robotics Experience for Elementary Students (TREES) (2014-now): The project aims to engage elementary age students in robotics and computer science by fostering their disciplinary engagement and participation within a humanoid robots-programming environment. In collaboration with Drs. Moataz Eltoukhy and Lauren Barth-Cohen. Media reports: (Sun-Sentinel, BECON)
Innovative Knowledge Organization System (iKOS) (2011- now): partially supported by University of Georgia (office of STEM education, 2012) and University of Miami (Provost Research Award 2014).
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Namdar, B. & Shen, J. (2016). Interaction between knowledge organization with multiple external representations and socioscientific argumentation.
International Journal of Science Education.
Shen, J., Sung, S., & Zhang, D.M. (2016). Toward an analytic framework of interdisciplinary reasoning and communication (IRC) processes in science. International Journal of Science Education, 37 (17), 2809-2835.
Zhang, D.M., & Shen, J. (2015). Disciplinary foundations for solving interdisciplinary scientific problems. International Journal of Science Education. 37 (15), 2555-2576.
Shen, J., Liu, O., & Chang, H.-Y.(2015). Assessing students’ deep conceptual understanding in physical sciences: An example on sinking and floating. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education.
Namdar, B., & Shen, J. (2015). Modeling oriented assessment in K-12 science education: A synthesis of research from 1980 to 2013 and new directions. International Journal of Science Education, 37 (7), 993-1023.
Sung, S., Shen, J., Stanger-Hall, K.F., Wiegert, C., Li, W., Brown, S. & Robertson, T. (2015). Toward interdisciplinary perspectives: Using osmotic pressure as an example for analyzing textbook explanations. Journal of College Science Teaching, 44 (4), 76-87.
Shen, J., Liu, O., & Sung, S. (2014). Designing interdisciplinary assessments in science for college students: An example on osmosis. International Journal of Science Education, 36 (11), 1773-1793.
Shen, J. & Jackson, D.F. (2013). Measure the volume of a tree: A transformative modeling lesson on measurement for prospective middle-school science teachers. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 24 (2), 225-247.
Shen, J., & Linn, M.C. (2011). A technology-enhanced unit of modeling static electricity: Integrating scientific explanations and everyday observations. International Journal of Science Education. 33 (12), 1597-1623.
Shen, J. , Gerard, L., & Bowyer, J. (2010). Getting from here to there: The roles of policy makers and principals in increasing science teacher quality. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 21, 283-307.
Shen, J. (2010). Nurturing students’ critical knowledge using technology-enhanced scaffolding strategies in science education: A conceptual framework. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 19 (1), 1-12.
Shen, J. & Confrey, J. (2010). Justifying alternative models in learning the solar system: A case study on K-8 science teachers’ understanding of frames of reference. International Journal of Science Education, 32 (1), 1-29.
Shen, J. (2009). Walking out graphs: Multiple representation isn’t enough. Science Scope, 33 (4), 47-51.
Shen, J. & Confrey, J. (2007). From conceptual change to transformative modeling: A case study of an elementary teacher in learning astronomy. Science Education. 91 (6), 948-966.
Shen, J. , Gibbons, P.C., Wiegers, J.F., & McMahon, A. (2007). Using research based assessment tools in professional development in current electricity. Journal of Science Teacher Education. 18 (3), 431-459.
Ao, X.Z., Shen, J., & Tu, C.Y. (2003). Mechanism of proton anisotropic velocity distribution in the solar wind. Science in China Series G-Physics Astronomy. 46 (1), 78-83.