Amanda Benedict-Chambers

Amanda Benedict-Chambers

Assistant Professor
Childhood Education & Family Studies

Academic Interests

Teaching and research interests include elementary and middle school teacher and student learning. One major focus of my work is the design and study of a system of discourse tools and reform-based science teaching practices to support pre-service teacher learning. Dissertation research explores how a set of core science teaching practices can serve as the focus of collaborative inquiry and pre-service teacher learning in an elementary science methods course. Another focus of my work is the use of educative curriculum materials in supporting in-service teachers in ambitious science teaching.

Top Scholarly Accomplishments

  • Benedict-Chambers, A., Kademian, S., Davis, E. A., & Palincsar, A. S. (2013). Elementary Science Teachers' Use of Educative Curriculum Materials to Engage Students in Sensemaking Discussions. Paper presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
  • Benedict-Chambers, A. (2013). Preservice Teacher Noticing and Feedback: A Proxy for Emergent Science Teaching Knowledge and Practice. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Previous Experience

  • Ph.D. Candidate in Teaching and Teacher Education, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • M.A. in Curriculum Development, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • B.A. in Elementary Education, Longwood University, Farmville, VA


Harrisonburg, VA


I enjoy eating as a vegetarian and drinking good coffee. My hobbies also include bird watching, running, reading, and attending concerts.

Future Goals and Aspirations

My future goals and aspirations include improving teacher learning through my work as a teacher educator and researcher.

Life Outside the University

I enjoy playing with my cat, “Maki,” and exploring new restaurants with my husband, Eric.

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