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Faculty & Staff Directory - Deborah L. Rooks-Ellis

Deborah Rooks-Ellis, Ph.D.

Deborah Rooks-Ellis, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor

University of Maine
Center for Community Inclusion & Disability Studies
5717 Corbett Hall, Room 215
Orono, ME 04469

207/581-2093 (V)
207/581-1084 (V/TTY)
800/203-6957 (V/TTY)
207/581-1231 (Fax)

Project Affiliation:

Specialty Areas:

  • Visual impairment
  • Early intervention
  • Inquiry-based approaches to teaching


Ph.D., University of Arizona

Honors & Awards:

  • Erasmus Circle Scholar (2009)
  • Jay Howenstein Foundation Scholarship (2008)

Research and Public Service:

  • Accessible astronomy for students with visual impairment
  • Inquiry-based teaching for students with visual impairment

Representative Publications:

Books and Book Chapters:

Rooks, D.L. (2000).  Taking Inquiry Outdoors:  Reading, Writing, and Science Beyond the Classroom Walls. Stenhouse Publishers, chapter 9.

Invited and Peer Reviewed Articles:

Rooks, D.L. (in review).  Investigating preconceptions and conceptual understanding about lunar phases with students with visual impairment:  The case of Kyle.  Research and Practice in Visual Impairment and Blindness.

Harris, C.J., & Rooks, D.L. (2010).  Managing inquiry-based science: Challenges in enacting complex science instruction in elementary and middle school classrooms.  Journal of Elementary Science Education, 21, 227-240.

Rooks, D.L., & Maker, C.J. (2009).  Inquiry:  A teaching approach for gifted visually impaired learners.  Gifted Education International, 25, 171-186.

Professional Associations:

  • Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER)
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST)
  • National Science Teaching Association (NSTA)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)

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