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Teacher Education

Dr. Michael Dentzau

Assistant Professor in Science Education & Director, Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center

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My Office is Located at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center.  Please call or email for an appointment. 
Office: 706-507-8551

dentzau_michael@columbusstate.edu

Education

2013:    Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL - Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction with a Major in Science Education

2011:     Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL - Specialist in Science Education

1985:     Texas A&M University, College State, TX - Master of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences

1981:      Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford, NJ - Bachelor of Science in Biology/Marine Biology.

Specialty Area

I am the full time Executive Director of Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center.  The Center is a cooperative venture between Columbus State University and Columbus Water Works, with a mission to provide opportunities for the community to engage with the environment.  I am also faculty in the College of Education and Health Professions teaching courses that deal with elementary and middle grades science instruction for pre-service teachers.

My research interests include:

  • Evaluating the impacts of out-of-school environmental education programs;
  • The use of drawings as a tool for assessing learning about the environment;
  • In-service and pre-service teacher self-efficacy for teaching science; and
  • Extending the learning beyond the informal visit.

Bio

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT

2013 – present:  Executive Director of Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center & Assistant Professor of Science Education, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA.

2011- 2013: Sea-to-See Program Director, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.  Non-tenured faculty in science education outreach.

1999 – 2011: President, Bosso, Dentzau & Imhof, Inc., Tallahassee, FL. Environmental consulting dealing with wetlands and listed species.

1996 - 1999:  President, Piedmont Environmental Services, Inc., Tallahassee, FL.  Environmental consulting concerning wetlands, waters and land development.

1996  - 1999:  Project Manager, The Phoenix Environmental Group, Inc., Tallahassee, FL.  Environmental consulting firm.

1985 – 1993:  Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Fort Myers and Tallahassee, FL.  Environmental Specialist in wetland regulation.

PUBLICATIONS  

Dentzau, M. W., & Martinez, A. J. (2015),  Art to Capture Learning About the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem–Why a  Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words. In EcoJustice, Citizen Science and Youth Activism (pp. 139-170). Springer International Publishing.

Dentzau, M. W. (In review).  Students’ changing mental models of the longleaf pine ecosystem after involvement in an outdoor environmental education program.  Southeastern Naturalist.

Dentzau, M. W., & Martínez, A. J. G. (2014). The development and validation of an alternative assessment to measure changes in understanding of the longleaf pine ecosystem. Environmental Education Research, (ahead-of-print), 1-24.

Enderle, P., Dentzau, M., Roseler, K., Southerland, S., Granger, E., Hughes, R., ... & Saka, Y. (2014). Examining the Influence of RETs on Science Teacher Beliefs and Practice. Science Education, 98(6), 1077-1108.

Dentzau, M. W. (2013). Family learning: the missing exemplar. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 8(2), 329-332.

Dentzau, M. W. (2013). Using drawings to understand student’s changing conceptions of the longleaf pine ecosystem.  (Unpublished dissertation). The Florida State University, Tallahassee.

Roseler, K., & Dentzau, M. W. (2013). Teacher professional development: A different perspective. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 8(3), 619-622.

Dentzau, M. W. (2011). The impacts of an out of school environmental education program on student understanding of the longleaf pie ecosystem. (Unpublished specialist thesis). The Florida State University, Tallahassee.

Dentzau, M.W., & Sampson, V. (2010). Fire and ecological disturbance: A 5E lesson to address an important misconception. Science Teacher, 78(4), 44-50.

Dentzau, M.W.  (2002). Prescribed burn enhances flowering of Florida sandreed (Florida).  Ecological Restoration, 20(4), 295-296.

Dentzau, M. W.  (2000). Fire essential in wetland restoration at the Moors Golf Course.  Land and Water, September/October 2000:  58-60.

Dentzau, M.W., & Chittenden, M.E.  Jr. (1990).  Reproduction, movements and population dynamics of the Atlantic threadfin, Polydactylus octonemus, in the Gulf of Mexico, Fishery Bulletin 88:  439-462.

Dentzau, M.W.  1985.  Life history aspects of Atlantic threadfin, Polydactylus octonemus.  Thesis, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University.  69 p.

PRESENTATIONS

Dentzau, M.W. (2014, April). Development and validation of an alternative assessment for ecological learning in elementary students. Paper presented at the annual meeting of The National Association for Research in  Science Teaching, Pittsburg, PA.

Dentzau, M. W. (2014, April). The impact of an out-of-school environmental education program on students’ mental models of the longleaf pine ecosystem.  Roundtable discussion at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Dentzau, M. W., Roseler, K., & Southerland, S. A. (2014, April).  Views of classroom inquiry: Differing perspectives.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of The National Association for Research in  Science Teaching, Pittsburg, PA.

Dentzau, M. W. (2014, March).  Using a drawing assessment to measure the impact of an environmental education program. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia, Eatonton, GA.

Roseler, K. & Dentzau, M. W. (2014, April). Differing views of classroom inquiry enactment. Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Dentzau, M. W. (2014, February). Understanding the impacts of an informal environmental education experience: A picture is worth a thousand words.  A paper presented at the annual meeting of the Georgia Science Teachers Association, Macon, GA.

Dentzau, M. W. (2013, October). Fourth grade students’ long-term episodic memories of an informal environmental education program on a locally threatened ecosystem. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Association of Science Teacher Education, Statesboro, GA.

Dentzau, M.W., Enderle, P., Southerland, S., & Roseler, K. (2013, April). Examining the Influence of RET’s: Tracing Changes in Science Teachers’ Beliefs and Affect. Paper presented at the annual meeting of The National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Puerto Rico.

Roseler, K, & Dentzau, M. W. (2013, April). How Teachers Describe Classroom Inquiry after an In-depth Research Experience for Teacher's (RET) Professional Development. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

Dentzau, M. W. & Gallard, A. (2012, March). The Use of Drawings to Evaluate the Impact of an Out of School Environmental Education Experience. Paper presented at the annual meeting of The National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Indianapolis, IN.

Dentzau, M. W. (2011, October). The changing perceptions of the longleaf pine ecosystem by 4th grade students. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Association for Science Teacher Educators, Athens, GA.

Dentzau, M.W.  (1996). Florida Academy of Sciences Meeting.  The effective use of prescribed fire in wetland restoration.  Melbourne, FL.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Served as Southeastern Association for Science Teacher Education national representative to The Association for Science Teacher Education – 2015-16
  • Hosted Annual Conference of Southeastern Association for Science Teacher Education, October, 17, 2015 at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center.
  • Professional development design and implementation on life science content for Georgia Department of Education Mathematics and Science Partnership Program Grant, “Increasing Math and Science Content      Knowledge for Special Education Co-Teachers”, Year 2, 2015-16.
  • Member of the  K-5 Science Endorsement Task Force to review the 505-3-.93 Educator Preparation Rule (effective October 15, 2015)
  • Supported the 2015 STEM Summer Camp at CSU
  • Supported a 2015 NOYCE Intern at CSU
  • Professional development design and implementation on life science content for Georgia Department of Education Mathematics and Science Partnership Program Grant, “Increasing Math and Science Content      Knowledge for Special Education Co-Teachers”, Year 1, 2014-15.
  • Life Science and Environmental Science Content Expert for Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities, Stepping Up Technology Implementation      Grant. Project title: “ESCOLAR, Etext Supports for Collaborative Online Learning and                         Academic Reading”, 2013-14.