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Donald A. DeRosa

Clinical Associate Professor Emeritus
Director, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine CityLab & MobileLab

Dr. Donald DeRosa is a clinical associate professor emeritus in science education at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. His research interests focus on the development of effective methods to teach scientific thinking.

Dr. DeRosa has worked in the field of science education as a classroom teacher, teacher educator, and director of CityLab, a biotechnology-learning laboratory for teachers and students at the Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. He is the lead curriculum developer and a workshop presenter for the MassBioED BioTeach project. In addition to conducting workshops on biotechnology education and inquiry-based science teaching for in-service teachers, Dr. DeRosa has coauthored several curriculum supplements in biotechnology and has consulted in the development of biotechnology programs throughout the United States and Europe. He is a member of the Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development

EdD, Boston University

MAT, Boston University

MDiv, St. John’s Seminary

BS, University of Vermont

SED CH 300  Elementary Science Education

MED AN 801  Teaching Methods in the Biomedical Sciences

CAS PY 909  Teaching Methods for GK12 Fellows


Selected Grants

CityLab: A systems approach to biology – phase I/II (09/01/04-08/31/09).

CityLab Experiences Youth with Disabilities (11/01/03 – 10/31/05).

Training Programs for Interdisciplinary Systems Research (09/17/04-07/31/09).

GK-12 Project STAMP — Science Technology and Mathematics Partnerships (05/19/03 – 05/31/06).

Practical Strategies for Teaching Interdisciplinary Scientific Thinking (09/01/05-08/31/08).

Abruscato, J. and DeRosa, D.A. DeRosa, D.A. (2009). Teaching Children Science: A Discovery Approach 7th ed. (2010). Allyn and Bacon : Boston

Abruscato, J. and DeRosa, D.A. DeRosa, D.A. (2009). Teaching Children Science: Discovery Methods for Elementary and Middle Grades 3rd ed. Allyn and Bacon : Boston

DeRosa, D.A. (Fall 2003) CityLab: Strategies for Science Education. Massachusetts Association of Biology Teachers News

Franzblau, F., DeRosa, D.A. and Phillips, C. (January 2001). Science on Wheels. The Science Teacher 76:1 January 2001

DeRosa, D.A. and Phillips C. (April 1999). BU’s Biosciences Education Program for Boston-area Students. Academic Medicine 74:4/April 1999

DeRosa, D.A. and Wolfe, B.L. (February 1999). Mystery of the Crooked Cell: an investigation and laboratory activity about sickle cell anemia. The American Biology Teacher. 61:2

Krauss, R.D., DeRosa, D.A., Phillips C. (March 1997). CityLab: Boston University’s Answer to Scientific Literacy. The BioTimes. 3:24

DeRosa, D.A. and Krauss, R.D (October 1997). Scientist/Educator Partnerships Provide Rich Learning Opportunities. The Scientist. 11:9.

Mobile Lab Programs: Best Practices and Networking Conference
MobileLab Coalition Conference