Leslie Atkins Elliott is an associate professor in Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies at Boise State University, with research and teaching interests in science education and teacher preparation. She has a PhD in physics from the University of Maryland, where she bridged education research and a physics degree as she investigated students' and scientists' uses of analogy in constructing scientific ideas. She has taught high school physics, chemistry and undergraduate physics. Her most recent research projects involve understanding how ideas from science classrooms are noticed, valued and used in everyday life, and understanding what characteristics of instruction help initiate and sustain productive disciplinary engagement in science.
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