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McAllister, Meredith

Associate Professor - Education
College of Education


Jordan Hall - 184B
1-2 p.m. Wednesdays


Academic/Professional/Personal Focus

Areas of Expertise
Science Education

Contributions: (published works or studies, conference presentations)
Recent publications:

McAllister, M, Yang, L. & Allen, M. (Summer, 2015). Dorothy Gabel: A life of service. Edited by Pedersen, J.E., Finson, K., & Spector, B. Going back for our future II: Carrying forward the spirit of pioneers of science education. Information Age, Charlotte, NC.

McAllister, M. (2014). A study of undergraduate students’ alternative conceptions of Earth’s interior using drawing tasks. Journal Of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education (Jaese), 1(1), 39-53.

McAllister, M & Dickerson, D. (Fall, 2014). Exploring conceptual understandings of groundwater through student’s interviews and drawings. The Spectrum, 40(2), 24-32.

McAllister, M. (Winter, 2014).  Making Science Matter: School/University partnerships for successful teacher education. The Spectrum, 39(3), 34-38.

McAllister, M., & Speer, J. (Spring, 2014).  The value of field research as an  undergraduate experience: A case study in structural geology. Michigan Science Teachers Association Journal, 59.1, 1-12.

McAllister, M. (Fall, 2014). Promoting conceptual change of preservice teachers  declarative and configurational understanding of biomes using animations and  digital images from space.  The Spectrum, 40(1), 24-29.

Hagevik, R., McAllister, M., & Dickerson, D. (Spring 2014) Using Multiple  representations in teaching various disciplines of science. Michigan Science Teachers Association Journal 59.1, 16-22.

McAllister, M. & Soltis, A., (Fall, 2013) Become a weedtracker: Mapping invasive  species using GPS and Google Earth, The Spectrum, 39(2), 22 – 23.

Soltis, A. & McAllister, M. (Spring, 2013). Herbarium inquiry: Going digital. The  Spectrum, Vol. 39 (1) 22-24.

McAllister, M., Yang, L., and Bondy, J. (Spring, 2013). Water on the move: Guiding  students through a journey of water on Earth. The Spectrum, Vol. 39 (1) 10-16.

McAllister, M., Latimer, J., & Yang, L. (April, 2013).  Connecting pre-service  elementary school teachers to local scientific issues: A way to motivate.  In The Trenches, Vol. 3 (2).

Capps, D., McAllister, M., & Boone, W.  (May, 2013) Alternative conceptions concerning the earth's interior exhibited by Honduran students.  Journal of Geoscience Education, Vol 61 (2). 

McAllister, M. & Yang, L. (Winter, 2013). Wind and water:  Teaching about erosion The Spectrum Vol 38 (3) 36-37.

McAllister, M., & Craig, C., (Winter, 2013) Visualization in science education: Computer  animations and simulations. The Spectrum Vol 38 (3) 46-51. 

McAllister, M., & Yang., L. (Fall, 2012) An activity for teaching erosive power using stream boards. The Spectrum, Vol. 38 (2) 32-34.

Yang, L & McAllister, M (Spring 2012). Case studies of children’s prior knowledge and understandings of the concept of substance. Michigan Science Teachers Association, Vol. 57(1), 15-26.

Yang, L., Soprano, K., McAllister, M. (2012) What are elementary and middle school students expected to learn about the Sun and Moon in Taiwan and the US? Science Education International, Vol. 23. 241-267.

Butler Assignment (classes or work duties)

ED 112 Introduction to Teaching

ED 244 Concepts in Education

ED 324 Secondary General Methods

ED 327 Curriculum and Instruction in the Middle Grades

ED 433 Integrated Special Methods

ED 434 Student Teaching Seminar

CORE undergraduate classes:

FYS Wilderness Perspectives

NW 260  Earth Systems Science

SW 219 Contemporary World Geography

PWB 101  Hiking and Backpacking

Personal Hobbies



Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction: Science Education

M.A. Geography: GIS and Remote Sensing

M.A. Science Education

B.A. Secondary Science Education


Secondary Education: Biology, Earth Science, and Geography grades 7-12

Project Wild, Wet, and Project Learning Tree

Association Memberships (professional/educational)

Association for Science Teacher Education

National Association for Research in Science Teaching

Hoosier Science Teacher Association

Professional Experience

2007-current Butler University

2004-2007 Assistant Professor, Indiana State University

2001-2004 Associate Instructor, Indiana University