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The content of the reader is divided, somewhat arbitrarily, between three areas:

1. Learning across contexts
2. Science learning in formal settings
3. Science learning in informal settings

1. Learning across contexts

Brown, A. L., Ash, D., Rutherford, M., Nakagawa, K., Gordon, A. & Campione, J. C. (1993). Distributed expertise in the classroom. In G. Solomon (Ed.), Distributed cognitions:Psycological and educational considerations (pp. 188-128). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Committee on Programs for Advanced Study of Mathematics and Science in American High Schools, National Research Council (2002). Learning with understanding: 7 principles of learning. Learning with understanding: Improving advanced study of mathematics and science in U.S. high schools. Washington, FC: National Academy of Science Press.

Donovon, M., Bransford, J., & Pellegrino, J. (1999). How people learn: Bridging research and practice. Washington, FC: National Academy of Science Press.

Fosnot, C. (1996). Constructivism: A psychological theory of learning. Constructivism: Theory, perspectives, and practices. Teachers College, Columbia University. Chapter 2

Rogoff, B. et al. (2003). Firsthand learning through intent participation. Annual Review of Psychology. 54, 175-203.

Scribner, S. & Cole, M. (1973). Cognitive consequences of formal and informal education. American Association for the Advancement of Science, New Series, 182 (4112), 553-559.

Duckworth, E. (1996). The having of wonderful ideas. The having of wonderful ideas and other essays on teaching and learning. New York: Teachers College Press, 1-14.

Inquiry Learning

Ash, D. & Wells, G. (in press). Dialogic inquiry in classroom and museum: Actions, tools and talk. To appear in Learning in places: The informal education reader. UK: Peter Lang Publishers.

Bartels, D. (2000). An Introduction to the National Science Education Standards. Foundations Vol. 2, Chapter 3

Dow, P.(2000). Why Inquiry? A Historical and Philosophical Commentary. Foundations Vol. 2, Chapter 1

Minstrell, J. (1999). Implications for teaching and learning inquiry: A summary. In Teaching and Learning in an inquiry-based classroom (Eds.) J. Minstrell & E. Van Zee:
AAAS Press.

Rankin, L. (2000). Lessons Learned: Addressing Common Misconceptions About Inquiry. Foundations Vol. 2, Chapter 5

2. Learning Science in Formal Settings


Black, P. & Wiliam, D. (1998). In side the black box: Raising Standards Through Classroom Assessment, Kappan. Vol pp 1-21. http://www.pdkintl.org/kappan/kbla9810.htm

Harlen, W. (2003). Enhancing Inquiry through formative assessment. Institute for Inquiry document. Exploratorium.
(Not in reader – Class handout) or go to http://www.exploratorium.edu/ifi/resources/index.html

Wiggins, G. and McTighe, J. (1998). Thinking like an assessor Understanding by Design, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Chap. 5


Aikenhead, G. (2003). Chemistry and Physics Instruction: Integration, Ideologies, and Choices. Chemical Education: Research and Practice.

Calabrese-Barton, A. Feminist Liberatory Science Education, Feminist Science Education. Chap 1

Hunter, L (2002). Minorities in the Sciences: Annotated Bibliography, compiled for the Center for Adaptive Optics.

Warren, et al. (2001). Rethinking Diversity in Learning Science: The Logic of Everyday Sense-Making. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. Vol. 38, No. 5, PP 529-552 .

Yerrick, R. (2000). Lower track student’ argumentation and open inquiry instruction. Journals of Research in Science Teaching, 37(8). 807-838.

Teaching techniques for lecture courses

Harper, K; Etkina, E; and Lin, Y. (2003) Encouraging and Analyzing Student Questions in a Large Physics Course: Meaningful Patterns for Instructors. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. 40(8) 776-791.

Klionsky, D. (2002) Constructing Knowledge in the Lecture Hall. Innovative Techniques for Large Group Instruction. NSTA Press.

Wyckoff, S. (2001). Changing the culture of undergraduate science teaching, Journal of College Science Teaching 30(5), 306-312.

The nature of science

Chiappetta et al (1999). Background for teaching science. In Science Instruction in the Middle and Secondary Schools. Prentice Hall. Chapter 1

Osborne, J. et al. (2002) What “Ideas-about-Science” should be Taught in School Science? A Delphi Study of the Expert Community. JRST 40, (7).692-720. Willy Periodicals Inc.

Science content learning

California State Science Framework and Content Standards, grades 6-12.

Hammer, D. (1995) More than misconceptions: Multiple perspectives on student knowledge and reasoning, and an appropriate role for education research. American Journal of Physics 64(10), 1316-1325.


Wiggins, G. and McTighe, J. (1998). What is Backward Design? Understanding by Design, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Chap 1

Wiggins, G. and McTighe, J. (1998). Implications For Organizing Curriculum. Understanding by Design, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Chapter 9

3. Science learning in informal settings

Inquiry activity

Spinning Tops Activity, Three Kinds of Hands-on Science. (1998). Exploratorium Institute of Inquiry.

Definition of Inquiry
Exploratorium Institute of Inquiry.
see last page

Cobern, A, (1999) "How to make lab activities more open ended." CSTA Journal, Fall , 4-6

Inquiry in informal settings

Ash, D. & Klein, K. (1999). Inquiry in the informal learning environment, In .Teaching and Learning in an inquiry-based classroom (Eds.) J. Minstrell & E. Van Zee: AAAS, 216-240.

Crowley, K., Callanan, M. A., Tenenbaum, H. R. & Allen, E. (2001). Parents explain more often to boys than to girls during shared scientific thinking. Psychological Science, 12(3), 258-261.

Csikszentmihalyi, M. and Hermanson, K. (1995). Intrinsic Motivation in Museums: Why Does One want to Learn? In J. H. Falk and L. D. Dierking (eds.), Public Institutions for personal learning: Establishing a research agenda. (pp. 67-77). Wasington, DC: American Association of Museums, Technical Information Service.

Duensing., S. (in press). Culture matters: Informal science centers and cultural contexts. To appear in Learning in places: The informal education reader. UK: Peter Lang Publishers.

Falk, J. and Dierking, L. learning from Museums, Visitor Experiences and the making of meaning. Chapter 1

Paris, S. (1997). Situated motivation and informal learning. Journal of Museum Education. 22 (213) pp 22-26.

Brice Heath, S. and Wallin McLaughlin, M. (1994). Learning for anything everyday. J. Curriculum Studies. 26(5) 471-489.

vom Lehn, D., Heath, C. and Hindmarsh, J. (2001). Exhibiting Interaction: Conduct and Collaboration in Museums and Galleries., Symbolic Interaction, 24, (2) 189-216.

Greenfield, P. and Lave, J. (1982). Cognitive aspects of informal education. In D. Wagner and H. Stevens (eds.), Cultural perspectives on child development (pp. 181-207).

Other Resources

Innovated Techniques for Large-Group Instruction. NSTA Press

National Research Council (1995) National science education standards. (1995)
Center for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education (more titles from CSMEE)

Steve Olson and Susan Loucks-Horsley, Editors (1998). Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards: A Guide for Teaching and Learning. Committee on the Development of an Addendum to the National Science Education Standards on Scientific Inquiry, National Research Council

Inquiry: Thoughts, Views, and Strategies for the K-5
Classroom: A monograph for professionals in science,
mathematics, and technology education
Written by Institute for Inquiry Staff and Colleagues for the
FOUNDATIONS series, published by the National Science Foundation.

Exploratorium texts
Harlen assessment monograph as a pdf file
Duckworth inventing density

Other Web Based Resources


Undergraduate Research Educational Initiative
At Haystack

Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Astronomy Courses
A Selected List of Web Sites for Instructors of Introductory Astronomy Courses

Astronomy diagnostic test

University of Maryland Demos


Biology undergraduate education


Physics education research group
Univ of Washington
Physics by Inquiry
Physics demos
Univ of Maryland Physics lecture/demo facility


Collaborative Learning
National Institute of Science Education

Role-Playing and Problem-Based Exercises for TeachingUndergraduate Astronomy

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