• Ph.D. 2003 – University of South Florida, Curriculum & Instruction
  • M.Ed. 1997 – University of Florida, Science Education
  • B.S. 1994 – University of Miami, Biology

Areas of Expertise

  • Science Education
  • Experiential Learning
  • Socio-Scientific Issues & Issues-Based Teaching
  • Science Teacher Education
  • Epistemic Practices


Troy Sadler started conducting research in the field of biology. He then turned his attention to education when he started work as a high school science teacher. While working as a teacher, he began a graduate program and started doing research related to science education. For the past 20 years, he has conducted research in science teaching and learning and been involved in teacher education.


Troy Sadler conducts research related to how students negotiate complex socio-scientific issues and how these issues may be used as contexts for science learning. He is interested in how issues-based learning experiences can support student learning of science and development of practices essential for full participation in modern democratic societies. He has also explored ways in which innovative technologies including virtual environments and gaming can support student learning. Sadler’s work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences, the US Department of Education, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as well as local foundations and state agencies.