Research and Development Specialist

Anushree Bopardikar

Program/Areas of Interest

Anushree’s research interests include science curriculum design, teacher professional development, and formative assessments to support student learning. The long-term goal of her work is to design and investigate a comprehensive system of curriculum, teacher PD, and embedded formative assessments to support student learning and teacher enactment of key scientific concepts and disciplinary practices. Anushree is interested in curricula that provide scientifically authentic, academically rigorous, appealing, and accessible experiences in STEM education to a broad population of students. The objective is primarily to deepen students’ understanding of fundamental STEM concepts and practices, and secondarily, to inspire students to pursue post-secondary education and/or careers in STEM.


At TERC, Anushree’s present work involves qualitative research to evaluate the effectiveness of science educational materials designed for formal and informal learning environments.

She has conducted qualitative case studies on (TERC’s) science curriculum products and design processes to uncover designer rationales and activities that bring high-quality curricula to fruition.

Anushree also contributed to design and research on teacher professional development on the Empowering Teachers Through VideoReView and Talk Science projects, particularly on using classroom video and related supports for teacher learning.


Anushree has a M.S. degree in Educational Psychology (with a concentration in the Learning Sciences) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was advised by Prof. Sadhana Puntambekar on the design and research of inquiry-based approaches to support (middle school) students to learn physics through collaborative, hands-on design challenges in the context of an inquiry-based curriculum called CoMPASS.

Previously, she also obtained a M.A. degree in Counseling Psychology, and a B. A. (Honors) degree in Psychology from the University of Mumbai, India.

Honors & Awards

  • Rank 1 in the Department of Psychology, St. Xavier’s College, University of Mumbai (B.A. program)
  • Academic Excellence in B. A. Honors program, St. Xavier’s College, University of Mumbai.


Highlighted Publications

Bopardikar, A., Bernstein, D., & McKenney, S. (2021). Designer considerations and processes in developing school-based citizen-science curricula for environmental education. Journal of Biological Education.

Bopardikar, A., Bernstein, D., Drayton, B., & McKenney, S. (2021). Designing educative curriculum materials in interdisciplinary teams: designer processes and contributions. Instructional Science, 49, 249–286.

Bopardikar, A., Bernstein, D., Drayton, B., & McKenney, S. (2018). Work-based curriculum to broaden learners’ participation in science: Insights for designers.

Bopardikar, A., Borowiec, K., Castle, C., Doubler, S. J., Win, D., & Crissman, S. (2019). Deepening Teachers’ Understanding of Students’ Thinking: The Interplay of Teachers’ Classroom Video, Analysis Tools and Coaching. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 27(1), 5-36. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education.

Bopardikar, A., Carlson, J., Kimber, E., Loper, S., Pareja Roblin, N., & Rostovtseva, T. (2018). Three design heuristics for enhancing the use of video to improve teaching practice. Educational Designer, 10(3).