A little about Dr. Richardson
Tasha Richardson, OCT, B.Sc. (Hons), B.Ed., M.A., Ph.D., has been teaching students at the intermediate/senior level, in the fields of physics, biology, and general science since 1997. They have taught in multiple learning environments (online, remote, hyflex, synchronous, asynchronous), in day school, night school, and summer school. Dr. Richardson completed a two year secondment at the Ontario Science Centre (2021-2023), where they enjoyed teaching grade 12 students physics in the OSC Science School, as well as working as an educator (development and delivery) for school programs. In addition to teaching, Dr. Richardson has worked as a Research Assistant (University of Toronto; York University; University of Western Ontario), and lecturer in the Faculty of Education at OISE/UT and Western University.
Intrigued by the findings from their Master's thesis, Exploring Ontario Grade Ten Students' Decisions to Select or Reject School Physics, Dr. Richardson decided to pursue a doctorate degree at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT) in order to explore how technology - and specifically digital video games - can support a positive physics identity for elementary teacher candidates. The thesis, The Use of Digital Video Games in an Elementary Teacher Education Program: Exploring Teacher Candidates’ Attitudes and Interest towards Physics, is now available on T-space.
Additional research interests include: science education, gender issues in STEM education, physics identity, integration of technology into the classroom, and game based learning.
Dr. Richardson is a member of the University of Toronto's Centre for Science Mathematics and Technology Education.
Secondary courses taught, include: