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Rebekka Darner Gougis

I am a science education researcher, and I conduct research with the overarching goal to improve the quality of K-16 science education. My general areas of research are motivation and conceptual change.

I am also the director of BSC 101: Fundamental Concepts of Biology. I design this course to serve the needs of non-biology majors so they can make biology applicable to their everyday life. I also teach a specialized version of this course for pre-service teachers (BSC 101.01) and mammalian biology (BSC 296).​


Ph.D., Mathematics & Science Education (2007), University of California, San Diego & San Diego State University

M.S., Ecosystems Biology (2002), Eastern Michigan University

B.S., Biology (2000), Western Illinois University

Contact Information

Dr. Rebekka Darner Gougis
School of Biological Sciences
Illinois State University
Campus Box 4120
Normal, IL 61790-4120
Office: 122 Felmley
Phone: (309) 438-3071