Dr. Amanda Benedict-Chambers


Childhood Ed and Family Studies
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Childhood Ed and Family Studies
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


Dr. Mandy Benedict-Chambers is an associate professor of elementary education. She began her teaching career in 2000 in a 6th grade classroom in Charlottesville, Virginia, and she continues to teach science to local elementary students as much as possible.

Her research focuses on pre-service and in-service elementary teacher learning. Specifically, she examines teacher "noticing" –how teachers attend to what students are thinking and doing during instruction, how they reason about what they see, and how they use these ways of noticing to make informed choices about how to proceed with a lesson. She is especially interested in understanding how tools and practice-based teacher education, including peer-teaching rehearsals, can help pre-service teachers learn to engage in and notice rigorous and equitable science teaching.



  • PhD, Educational Studies: Teaching and Teacher Education, 2014, University of Michigan
  • MA, Educational Studies: Curriculum Development, 2005, University of Michigan
  • BA, Elementary Education, 2000, Longwood University


  • ELE 725 The Emerging Master Teacher
  • ELE 716 Advanced Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Science
  • ELE 771 Proposal Development
  • ELE 772 Research Seminar in Elementary Education
  • ELE 510 The Reflective Practitioner
  • ELE 434 Methods of Teaching Science in the Elementary School
  • ELE 410 Teaching and Learning in the Elementary Classroom

Professional experience


  • American Educational Research Association
  • National Association for Research in Science Teaching
  • National Science Teachers Association
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Research and professional interests

  • Elementary teacher education
  • Science teacher education


Awards and honors

Research grants

  • Investigating and Enacting Culturally Sustaining, High-Leverage Practices across an Elementary Education Program: A Faculty Inquiry Group. 2017-present
  • Preservice Teachers’ Tool Use to Prepare for and Respond to Student Sensemaking in a Science Methods Course, 2017-2018
  • Collaborating Across Elementary Education Methods Courses to Use Video to Promote Teacher Candidates' Reflection of Instruction, Missouri State University, 2015-present
  • Pre-service Teachers Noticing Student Thinking in Science Teaching Rehearsals, Missouri State University, 2014

Additional resources

Areas of Expertise

Education and literacy


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