Molly Shaw
  • Pronouns she, her, her, hers, herself
  • Title
    • Lecturer and Teacher Supervisor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Education Department
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • McHenry Library, 2140A
  • Mail Stop Education Department
  • Courses Cal Teach 1, EDUC 100C Cal Teach 2 (Science), EDUC 185L Cal Teach 3 (Math and Science), EDUC 200/201/202 Beg/Int/Adv Student Teaching (Science), EDUC 221 Science Learning and Teaching in Elementary Classrooms, EDUC 230 Science Education Research and Practice, EDUC 231 Teaching Science in the Secondary Classroom, EDUC 297 Field-Based Learning Initiative Special Projects

Biography, Education and Training

Ed.D Science Education, UCSC

MA Education Administration, SJSU

AB Physical Geography, UC Berkeley

Molly Shaw taught science in California public schools for 20+ years in grades 6-12, and has been a lecturer at UCSC for more than 10 years. 

Dr. Shaw's research interests center on sense-making in 6th grade science -- typically the first formal year of daily science instruction in California. Further, how do students communicate their growing understanding to each other and to their teacher; how do teachers communicate their understanding to their students? 

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • Distinguished Teaching Award, California Geographical Society
  • Teacher of the Year, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Pacific Section
  • Teacher of the Year, Northern California Geological Society