Dr. Tara Barnhart

Dr. Tara Barnhart

Assistant Professor
Attallah College of Educational Studies
Expertise: Science Education; Secondary Education; Teacher Learning Using Video; Teacher Noticing; Teacher Reflection;
Scholarly Works:
Digital Commons
Whittier College, Bachelor of Arts
Whittier College, Master of Arts
University of California, Irvine, Ph.D.


Tara Barnhart joined Attallah College in 2018. After earning her BA in Biology and MA in Education from Whittier College, Tara spent the next 12 and a half years teaching high school science. She earned her National Board Certification in Science for Early Adolescence and Young Adulthood in 2006 and completed her Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in learning, cognition, and development from the University of California at Irvine in 2016. She has been involved in teacher preparation since 2007. Tara’s research interests include teacher noticing, the use of video in teacher learning, and science teacher preparation. She is also a mother, a runner, and a lover of nerdy things.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Barnhart, T. & van Es, E. (2023). Noticing instructional challenges in artifacts of teaching. School Science and Mathematics Journal, 123(7), 375-386. http://doi.org/10.1111/ssm.12604
Barnhart, T., Johnson, H. J., & Tekkumru-Kisa, M. (2024). Pre-Service Teachers Notice Student Thinking: Then What? Journal of Teacher Education, 0(0). https://doi.org/10.1177/00224871231220604
Barnhart, T. (2022). Utilizing video to support planning, enacting, and analyzing teaching in preservice science teacher education. Innovations in Science Teacher Education, 7(2).
Barnhart, T. (2021). Examining an activity system of learners, tools, and tasks in a video club. In D. Gedera & A. Zalipour (Eds.) Video Pedagogies. Springer.
Barnhart, T. & Vega, V. (2021). Induction coaches’ experiences with video-augmented coaching in a video club model. Professional Development in Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/19415257.2021.1955734
Barnhart, T. & van Es, E. (2020). Developing a critical discourse about teaching and learning: The case of a secondary science video club. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 31:5, 491-514.
Barnhart, T. (2020). Co-innovating a paradigm shift from a pandemic. Issues in Teacher Education, 29(1), 122-131.
Barnhart, T., & van Es, E. (2018). Participation in a video club: influences on classroom practice. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 18(1), 50-80.
van Es, E., Cashen, M., Barnhart, T., Auger, A. (2017). Understanding the development of pre-service teachers’ noticing of ambitious mathematics pedagogy. Curriculum and Instruction, 35(3), 165-187.
Barnhart, T., van Es. E. (2015). Studying teacher noticing: Examining the relationship between pre-service science teachers’ ability to attend, analyze and respond to student thinking. Teaching and Teacher Education, 45, 83-93.