Alex Sobotka

Alex Sobotka

  • Contact Information
  • My Story
  • Publications
  • Background

Contact Information

TitlePost-Doctoral Research Associate
Faculty RankPost-Doctoral Research Associate
Address506 South Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583–0995

East Campus
E-mailasobotka4@unl.edu
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My Story

Alex started a post doctorate position in the Science Literacy group in the Fall of 2023.

The most relevant work he has have done is related to the Story Behind the Science project.

Within that project, he has been a part of the team developing resources for teaching learners how to spot "red flags" that represent strategies commonly utilized by purveyors of mis/disinformation. More broadly, my work has targeted the Nature of Science and how an understanding of it interacts with decision-making and trust within socioscientific issues.

Selected Publications

Kidd, A. E., Sobotka, A. J., & Janney, B. A. (2023) Exploring energy distribution in ecosystems by integrating a classroom-level biological survey. The American Biology Teacher, 85(3), 152-158.
Sobotka, A. J., Janney, B. A., & Kidd, A. E. (2023) Plotting success: A communication activity for refining approaches to interpreting graphs. A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 96(4), 116-121. https://doi.org/10.1080/00098655.2023.2204210Online
Janney, B. A., Sobotka, A. J., and Kidd, A. E. (2022) Decontextualizing velocity and acceleration in a concrete (and sweet) eating activity. The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 95(5), 202-209. DOI: 10.1080/00098655.2022.2104785
Sobotka, A. J. and Clough, M. P. (2022) Transcending tinkering: Building understanding of content and the nature of the STEM disciplines. The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 95(4), 178-185. https://doi.org/10.1080/00098655.2022.2083054Online

Background

Education

DegreeMajorInstitutionYear Awarded
Doctorate of PhilosophyCurriculum and Instruction (Science Education)Texas A&M University2023
Master of Arts of TeachingScience EducationIowa State University2017
Bachelor of ScienceMechanical EngineeringIowa State University2016

 

Awards

TitleAwarded byYear Awarded
Distinguish Graduate Student AwardsAssociation of Former Students from Texas A& M University2023

 

Professional Organizations

NamePosition
National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST)
Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT)
The Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE)