Ph.D. in Education, 2015
School of Education
September 1, 2011
Doctoral Research Focuses on Evaluating Successful Teaching Strategies and Fostering Motivation in STEM Education
Katerina Schenke is a dedicated doctoral student in the Department of Education with a specialization in Learning, Cognition, and Development. She completed her BA in Psychology and German at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2009.
Katerina’s research is focused on evaluating successful teaching strategies in education and fostering motivation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. In addition, she is interested in learning in informal environments as well as the use of technology in education, specifically the use of computer software in classrooms.
In May, 2010 Katerina attended the UTeach Institute-NMSI conference to host a round table discussion titled Student Perspectives on the Implementation of the Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science Course at UC Irvine. This study involved a qualitative look at the student experience in the CalTeach program at UC Irvine. She reported on how engagement, transfer, and issues relating to course replication play out. Her research used semi-structured interviews to tap into dimensions of student knowledge and engagement and evaluate how the CalTeach program can be improved.
During her second year of studies, Katerina plans on continuing her work on several research projects as well as focus on research pertaining to motivational aspects of STEM education. In addition, she hopes to develop a stronger background in statistics and continue to attend conferences.
In her free time, Katerina enjoys art, music, cycling and yoga.