Dr. Akpan is an Associate Professor of Secondary Education (Science). Dr. Akpan holds a Ph.D. from Iowa State University in curriculum and instruction with cognates in science education. His work at JSU has included teaching undergraduate and graduate science methods courses, practicum observations, and internship reflective practices. Dr. Akpan advises graduate and undergraduate students in science education programs. His approach to the learning and teaching of science is based on a constructivist approach, which both challenges and engages the learner. While he sees science as being very much a hands-on activity, he likes to take this a step further by making science a minds-on and knees-on activity. Teaching, researching, advising, service and preparing teachers for the classroom are Dr. Akpan’s passion.
Dr. Akpan’s current research interest focuses on investigation of how technologies can be used to improve teaching and learning of science, as well as the nature of science.
Dr. Akpan’s current teaching assignments include Critical Inquiry in Science Education, General Science Education, Education Methods, Assessment and Technology in Secondary Schools, Psychological Principles of Learning, Practicum Observations and Internship Reflective Practices, Foundations of Education, Philosophy of Education and Foundations of Secondary Education.