Josephine Desouza

Josephine Desouza

Associate Professor of Biology


Room:CL 168B


University of Toledo, Ohio, USA, Ph.D. 1993
University of Madras, India, M.Ed.
University of Mysore, India, M.A.
University of Mysore, India, B.Ed.
University of Madras, India, BSc.

Research Interests

My general research interests are in science education.My research employs both quantitative and qualitative methodologies to study various aspects of science education.

Using ethnographic methodology, I have studied social behaviors of young children in a pre-school, specifically focusing on learning behaviors in science and gender differences of preschoolers engaged in science activities. More recently my focus of research has been guided toward socio-cultural aspects of learning science by preschoolers in natural settings such as outdoor classrooms. These natural environments provide preservice teachers a canvas which they use to plan their lessons to teach science concepts.

Employing quantitative methodologies namely descriptive and inferential statistics, I have studied science teachers’ beliefs and attitudes toward reflective behavior and the factors affecting the intent to engage in collaborative reflective practice in US classrooms. I have also studied factors that affect science teachers’ science teaching efficacy beliefs in schools in Southern India.

I have been certified by ESRI, to provide professional development in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for middle and high school teachers. Through this experience I have developed a research agenda to examine students’ spatial ability skills and teachers’ science teaching efficacy beliefs using GIS technology.



Fernandes, N. V., Trivedi, R., Desouza, J. M. S. (2014). Ideas to Solve the Obesity Epidemic; A Pilot Study Evaluating College Students' Perspectives. Bethesda, MD: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Journal. (

Referred Publications

Desouza, J.M.S.,Boone, W.J., &Yilmaz, O., (2004). A Study of Science Teaching Self-Efficacy and Outcome Expectancy Beliefs of Teachers in India. Science Education, 88, 837-854

Desouza, J.M.S., & Czerniak, C.M. (2003).Study of Science Teachers’ Attitudes toward and Beliefs about Collaborative Reflective Practice. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 14(2), 75-96.

Referred Presentations

McConnell, Tom, Desouza, J.M.S., Foster, T., & Schilten, M., (2015). Developing K-12 Practices. Presented at the 2015 NARST Annual International Conference-Becoming Next Generation Science Educators in an Era of Global Science Education Reform, April 11, Chicago, Illinois.

Desouza, J.M.S. (2015).Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the STEM curriculum. Presented at the Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, Inc. annual conference, February 12, Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Desouza, J.M.S. (2015).Sponsored student presentations. Introducing Geographic Information Systems to Preservice Teachers: Projects by Preservice Teachers. Presented at the Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, February 12, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Desouza, J.M.S. (2014). Geographic Information Systems (GIS) – Innovations in the Preservice Teacher Curriculum. Presented at the International Science Education Conference, Singapore, November 25-27.

Desouza, J.M.S. (2014). Learning Science from Nature – Young Children’s Perceptions from an Outdoor Setting. Presented at the International Science Education Conference, Singapore, November 25-27. 

Desouza, J.M.S. (2012). Integrating Geographic Information Systems in a Science Methods Course – Preservice Teachers Examining STS Issues. Paper presented at the 2012 NARST Annual International Conference-Re-Imagining Research in 21st Century Science Education for a Diverse Global Community, March 26, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Using Sci Methods an 396 1 1400 - 1515 T R FB, room 124
Teach Sci in the Ele 397 2 1000 - 1115 T R FB, room 124
Teach Sci in the Ele 397 5 1500 - 1615 W F FB, room 124