The development of new science teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge
B.Sc. (Hons), P.G.C.E. University of Birmingham, U.K.
M.Ed., Ed.D., University of Massachusetts Lowell-Mathematics and Science Education
Anita Greenwood received her bachelor’s degree in biology with honors from the University of Birmingham, UK, as well as a post-graduate certificate of education. She worked as a science teacher in England before moving to the United States with her husband. Greenwood joined the University of Lowell as a graduate student in 1983 and later worked as a lecturer, supervising preservice science teachers. In 1992, Greenwood became the first person to receive an Ed.D. in Mathematics and Science Education from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Upon appointment to the faculty, Greenwood oversaw the Initial Teacher Preparation program in addition to her teaching and research responsibilities. Throughout her career, Greenwood has been heavily involved in teacher professional development. She has conducted numerous workshops for elementary and middle school teachers and made several televised programs for science teachers in collaboration with the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics ߝ; Science Media Group. These programs can be seen on educational television and as streamed videos on the Annenberg Media site.
Greenwood’s research interests focus on science teachers’ development of pedagogical knowledge, especially those teachers who enter the profession after pursuing another career. She has received several grants to enhance the teaching of science and most recently collaborated with colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to deliver science education courses online.
After serving as the department chairperson of the Graduate School of Education for five years, Greenwood was appointed to the position of interim dean. Following a national search, Dr. Anita Greenwood was appointed Dean of the Graduate School of Education (GSE) in April, 2012. As dean she works closely with faculty to examine degree programs and build enrollment. She continues to teach at least one course a year as she values greatly the opportunity to interact with and guide students’ learning. She hopes to continue to teach for as long as her administrative commitments allow. Greenwood is a recipient of the University of Massachusetts Lowell Francis Cabot Lowell Young Alumna award, the Graduate Student Association teaching award and she has twice received her college’s teaching award.