Introduction
Teaching Interests
Research Interests
Professional Activities
Educational Background

Education Resources




College of Natural and Social Sciences

Department of Biological Sciences

Dr. Paul J. Narguizian
Associate Professor


Office: BIOS 214
Phone: (323) 343-2054
FAX: (323) 343-6451
Email: pnargui@calstatela.edu



INTRODUCTION

I joined the faculty of the Charter College of Education after eight years of teaching high school biology and chemistry in Los Angeles, CA. During this time, I also completed a Master of Science degree in Cell & Molecular Biology at California State University, Northridge. My research at CSUN involved taking a closer look at the role of cell membrane structures (i.e. amino acids) and cancer. Realizing the dual importance of science content and science education/pedagogy in being a more effective science educator, I continued my education at the University of Southern California where I received a Doctorate in Science Education. During my tenure at USC, I became interested in the Nature and History of Science (i.e. the processes and mechanisms involved in science) and as a result I made it the focal point of my dissertation. My university teaching experience prior to CSULA included a position as an adjunct professor of science education at California State University, Long Beach.


TEACHING INTERESTS

My areas of interest include Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Science & Biology Education. I teach EDSE 421C: Secondary Science Teaching Methods, EDEL 418: Elementary Science Teaching Methods, EDSE 401: Instructional Strategies in Secondary Teaching along with Elementary Science Education graduate courses here at CSLA.My expertise is in K-12 science instruction, curriculum development and design issues associated with science education.


RESEARCH INTERESTS

I have research and publication interests in evolution education, organisms of the California Channel Islands and Galapagos Islands, the nature, philosophy and history of science to science instruction, science literacy issues, informal science learning in museums and natural field settings and models for the assessment of science learning.

REPRESENTATIVE PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Date

Presentations

2008 Narguizian, P. (2008, November). Scientific Ways of Knowing: What the Sciences Have in Common. Annual meeting of the Gold Coast Science Network (GCSN): Science Educators Conference. Oxnard, CA.
2008 Narguizian, P., (2008, October). The Galapagos Islands: Evolution's Workshop. National Association of Biology Teachers Conference (NABT). Memphis, TN.
2008 Desharnais, R. and Narguizian, P., (2008, January). Web Resources for Inquiry-Based Science Education. Western Noyce Regional Conference. Pomona, CA.
2007 Narguizian, P., (2007, November). Understanding the Nature of Social Studies through the Armenian Genocide. National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). San Diego, CA.
2007 Narguizian, P., (2007, October). Charles Darwin, Evolution, and the History of Science. California Science Education Conference (CSTA). Long Beach, CA.
2007 Narguizian, P. (2007, October). Biological Evolution and the Genetics of Armenian/Mediterranean Disease. Armenian Romanian Cultural Association (RAFFI). Hollywood, CA.
2007 Narguizian, P. (2007, June). Biological Evolution and the Genetics of Armenians. Analysis, Research and Planning for Armenia (ARPA) Institute. Sherman Oaks, CA.
2007 Narguizian, P. (2007, June). Ecology, Biodiversity, and Our Future. American University of Armenia. Yerevan, Armenia.
2007 Narguizian, P. (2007, April). Human Evolution and the Nature of Science. Annual meeting of the Gold Coast Science Network (GCSN): Science Educators Conference. Oxnard, CA.
2007 Narguizian, P. (2007, February). Why Evolution Matters: Understanding the Difference between Science and Pseudoscience. Annual meeting of the Greater Los Angeles Teachers of Science Association (GLATSA). Los Angeles, CA.
2007 Narguizian, P. (2007, January). The Nature of Scientific Thought: Understanding the Difference Between Science & Intelligent Design. International Conference on Arts & Humanities. Honolulu, HI.
2006 Narguizian, P., (2006, October). Mass Extinctions and Global Climate Change: Integrating the Nature of Science and Biology. National Association of Biology Teachers Conference (NABT). Albuquerque, NM.
2006 Narguizian, P. (2006, July). Using Science Fiction to Motivate Student Interest. Los Angeles Writing Project (LAWP) Summer Institute. Los Angeles, CA.
2006 Narguizian, P. (2006, April). Understanding the Nature of Science Through the Study of Biological Evolution. National Conference on Science Education (NSTA). Anaheim, CA.
2006 Narguizian, P. (2006, February). Science and Young Children. Annual Conference for Early Childhood Educators (IEYC). Los Angeles, CA.
2006 Narguizian, P. (2006, February). Global Warming and the Case for the Nature of Science. Annual meeting of the Greater Los Angeles Teachers of Science Association (GLATSA). Los Angeles, CA.
2006 Narguizian, P. (2006, February). Biological Evolution and U.S. Education: A History of Misconceptions. CSULA Evolution Symposium. Los Angeles, CA.
2006 Narguizian, P. (2006, January). Understanding Evolution and Natural Selection: The Case for Hawaii. International Conference on Education. Honolulu, HI.
2005 Narguizian, P. (2005, November). Intelligent Design Leaves Everyone Behind. Annual meeting of the Gold Coast Science Network (GCSN): Science Educators Conference. Oxnard, CA.
2005 Narguizian, P., (2005, October). Considering Evolution and the Nature of Science. California Science Education Conference (CSTA). Palm Springs, CA.
2005 Narguizian, P., (2005, October). Early Childhood Life Science Concepts: The Case for Evolution Education. The 26th Conference of the International Association of Early Childhood Education. Ashikaga, Japan.
2005 Narguizian, P., (2005, October). Understanding Evolution and the Nature of Science. National Association of Biology Teachers Conference (NABT). Milwaukee, WI.
2005 Narguizian, P., (2005, July). Understanding Content and the Nature of Science: The Case for Evolution. Eighth International Meeting of the History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Society (IHPST). Leeds, England.
2005 Narguizian, P. (2005, May). The Role of Public Understanding in Science and Bioterrorism. CSULA Faculty Colloquium: Homeland Security. Los Angeles, CA.
2005 Narguizian, P. (2005, February). The Nature of Science: How to Blend Discussions of Science Content With Process. Annual meeting of the Greater Los Angeles Teachers of Science Association (GLATSA). Los Angeles, CA.
2005 Narguizian, P. (2005, January). The Role of the History of Science in Science Learning: Practical Guidelines for Science Educators. Association for the Education of Teachers of Science, International Conference (AETS). Colorado Springs, Colorado.
2004 Narguizian, P. (2004, November). Natural Selection and the California Channel Islands. National Association of Biology Teachers Conference (NABT). Chicago, Illinois.
2004 Narguizian, P. (2004, October). Evolution and the California Channel Islands: Speciation in Action. California Science Education Conference (CSTA). San Jose, CA.
2004 Narguizian, P. & Jones, A. (2004, June). Creating a Blended Undergraduate Natural Science Degree Program at California State University, Los Angeles: Overcoming Obstacles and Challenges. California K-16 Partnerships & Student Success. Long Beach, CA.
2004 Narguizian, P. (2004, April). Genetic Drift and the CA Channel Islands. Annual meeting of the Gold Coast Science Network (GCSN): Science Educators Conference. Oxnard, CA.
2004 Narguizian, P. (2004, February). The CA Channel Island Night Lizard: Teaching Evolution Through Inquiry. Annual meeting of the Greater Los Angeles Teachers of Science Association (GLATSA). Los Angeles, CA.
2003 Narguizian, P. (2003, October). The Role of the History of Science in Inquiry Learning. California Science Teachers Association (CSTA). Long Beach, CA.
2003 Narguizian, P., Jones, A. & Mayo, D. (2003, June). Better Educated Science Teachers (BEST): Development and Implementation of a Blended Undergraduate Natural Science Degree and Single-Subject Science Teaching Credential. California K-16 Partnerships & Student Success. Long Beach, CA.
2003 Narguizian, P. (2003, February). The Role of the History of Science in the Classroom. Annaul meeting of the Greater Los Angeles Teachers of Science Association (GLATSA). Los Angeles, CA.
2003 Narguizian, P. & McComas, W.F. (2003, January). Environmental Science Education: Revealing the Nature of the Ideal Curriculum through Texts, Standards and Misconceptions. Association for the Education of Teachers of Science, International Conference (AETS). St. Louis, MO.
2001 McComas, W. F. and Narguizian, P., (2001, November). A Textbook Case of the Nature of Science: Laws, Theories and the Science of Biology. Sixth International Meeting of the History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Society (IHPST). Denver, Colorado.
2001 McComas, W. F., Narguizian, P., & Cox-Petersen, A. (2001, March). The Impact of Experiential Science Learning on Participants’ Understanding of the Nature of Science. Annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST). St. Louis, Missouri.

Date

Publications

2008 Narguizian, P. (2008). Biology, Chemistry, Medicine, and Nature Study. In D. Crook and G. McCulloch (Editors), The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Education, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group Publishers, London, England.
2007 Narguizian, P. (2007). Young children's science: Scientific inquiry in the early childhood classroom. International Journal of Early Childhood Education, Vol. 14, pp. 69-73.
2006 Narguizian, P. (2006). Science and the natural world: A rationale for science education for young children. International Journal of Early Childhood Education, Vol. 13, pp. 106-110.
2006 Pasquier, M. & Narguizian, P. (2006). Using nature as a resource: Effectively planning an outdoor field trip. Science Activities, Vol. 43, No. 2 pp. 29-33.
2006 Esterle, R., Black, S., & Narguizian, P. (2006). The Arithmetic of Evolution, in W. F. McComas (ed.), Investigating Evolutionary Biology in the Laboratory, Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, Dubuque, Iowa, 2006, pp. 263-269.
2006 Narguizian, P. (2006). Early childhood life science concepts: The case for evolution education. International Journal of Early Childhood Education, Vol. 12, pp. 145-152.
2006 Narguizian, P. (2006). Scientific literacy: A rationale for science education. The Ladder, Winter 2006, pp. 18-20.
2004 Narguizian, P. (2004). Understanding the nature of science through evolution. The Science Teacher, (71) No. 9 pp. 40–45.
2004 Narguizian, P. (2004). Using environment based education in elementary science education. International Journal of Early Childhood Education, (10) pp. 71-74.
2004 Narguizian, P. (2004). Environmental Science Education in the Urban Setting. The Mentor, Winter, 2004.
2003 Narguizian, P. (2003). Scavenger hunt: Simulating natural selection, 09_17_03_1, Practical Uses of Math and Science, http://pumas.jpl.nasa.gov, 2003.
2003 Narguizian, P. (2003). Teacher leadership development in science education. The Mentor, Spring, 2003.
1998 Narguizian, P. (1998). The effects of ionic strength and pH on o-phospho-L-serine and poly-L-lysine beads in cell adhesion modeling. Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Spring, 2.
1997 Narguizian, P. and Danakian, L. (1997). The effects of ion concentration and pH in cell adhesion modeling. Journal of Student Research Abstracts, (3).
1996 Narguizian, P. and Danakian, L. (1996). Molecular adhesion modeling using derivitized beads. Journal of Student Research Abstracts, (2).


EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Ed.D. Science Education 2002
University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

M.S. Biology 1998
California State University, Northridge

Northridge, CA

B.A. Biology 1994
California State University, Northridge

Northridge, CA


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