Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Contributors
Rosalyn Ashby is a lecturer in education in the History in Education Unit in the School of Arts and Humanities in the University of London Institute of Education. Her work focuses on designing history curricula, assessment systems, and support materials for teachers. She now leads a history teacher-training course. Prior to becoming a university lecturer, Ashby taught history, politics and economics, and then worked as a history adviser with primary and secondary teachers. She has published numerous articles and book chapters, including many coauthored with Peter Lee regarding children’s ideas about history. She is an editor of the International Review of History Education. She has a degree in American history and government from the University of Essex.
Robert B. Bain is assistant professor in the school of education at the University of Michigan. He teaches social studies education and investigates history education, the intersection between the disciplines and social studies instruction, and professional development. Previously, he spent more than 25 years as a high school history teacher. Among other publications, he has coauthored an article on professional development of elementary school teachers.
John D. Bransford (Chair) is James W. Mifflin university professor and professor of education at the University of Washington in Seattle. Previously, he was centennial professor of psychology and education and codirector of the Learning Technology Center at Vanderbilt University. Early work by Bransford and his colleagues in the 1970s included research in the areas of
human learning and memory and problem solving; this research helped shape the “cognitive revolution” in psychology. An author of seven books and hundreds of articles and presentations, Bransford’s work focuses on the areas of cognition and technology. He served as cochair of the National Research Council (NRC) committee that authored How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School. He received a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of Minnesota.
Susan Carey is a professor of psychology at Harvard University. Carey’s research concerns the evolutionary and ontogenetic origins of human knowledge in a variety of domains, including number, lexical semantics, physical reasoning, and reasoning about intentional states. She studies conceptual change involving older children, and focuses on three domains of knowledge: number, intuitive biology, and intuitive physics. She received a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Jennifer L. Cartier is an assistant professor in the Department of Instruction and Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include student learning in classrooms where modeling is a focus and teacher education—particularly the ways in which hands-on curriculum materials can be implemented to engage elementary school students in realistic scientific practices. She has published articles describing students’ reasoning in genetics in Science and Education and BioQUEST Notes and she has coauthored a book chapter describing the use of black-box activities to introduce students to aspects of scientific argumentation.
M. Suzanne Donovan (Study Director) is also director of the NRC’s Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP) and coeditor of the project’s two reports, Strategic Education Research Partnership and Learning and Instruction: A SERP Research Agenda. At the NRC, she served as director of the previous study that produced How People Learn: Bridging Research and Practice, and she was coeditor for the NRC reports Minority Students in Special and Gifted Education and Eager to Learn: Educating Our Preschoolers. Previously, she was on the faculty of Columbia University. She has a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley.
Kieran Egan is a professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Canada. Dr. Egan was the 1991 winner of the Grawemeyer Award in Education for his analyses of children’s imaginations. His recent books include The Educated Mind: How Cognitive Tools Shape Our Understanding (University of Chicago Press) and Getting It Wrong from the Beginning: Our Progressivist Inheritance from Herbert Spencer, John Dewey, and Jean Piaget (Yale University Press).
Karen C. Fuson is a professor emeritus in the School of Education and Social Policy and in the Psychology Department at Northwestern University. After teaching high school mathematics to Chicago inner-city African-American students for 3 years, she began research to ascertain how to help all students enter high school with more knowledge of mathematics. She has conducted extensive research regarding children’s learning of mathematical concepts from ages 2 through 12, focusing in on the development of effective teaching and learning materials, including the “Children’s Math World’s K through 5” curriculum, supporting effective learning for children from various backgrounds, and ambitious accessible learning paths through school mathematics. Fuson was a member of the NRC committee that authored Adding It Up: Helping Children Learn Mathematics.
Sharon Griffin is an associate professor of education and an adjunct associate professor of psychology at Clark University. She is coauthor of “Number Worlds,” a research-based mathematics program for young children, coauthor of What Develops in Emotional Development? (Plenum), and author of several articles on cognitive development and mathematics education. For the past 10 years, she has sought to improve mathematics learning and achievement for young children by developing and evaluating programs to “provide the central conceptual prerequisites for success in school math to children at risk for school failure.” Griffin is currently participating in an advisory capacity on national projects, in Canada and the United States, to enhance the cognitive, mathematical, and language development of “high-need” preschool children, from birth to 5 years.
Mindy Kalchman is an assistant professor in the School of Education at DePaul University. Her research interests include children’s learning of mathematics, theory-based curriculum design, and the effect of discoveries from the field of developmental cognitive psychology on classroom practice. She has coauthored numerous articles regarding mathematics education and curriculum and has conducted workshops on how to teach functions. Kalchman also served as a consulting content editor for the development of the Ontario mathematics curriculum for grades 9–12. She received her Ph.D. from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.
Kenneth R. Koedinger is an associate professor in the Human Computer Interaction Institute and Psychology Department at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests include cognitive modeling, problem solving and learning, intelligent tutoring systems, and educational technology. Earlier in his career, Koedinger was a teacher in an urban high school. He has developed computer simulations of student thinking that are used to guide the construction of educational materials and are the core of intelligent software
systems that provide students with individualized interactive learning assistance. He has developed such “cognitive tutors” for mathematics that are now in use in over 1700 schools.
Pamela Kraus is a research scientist and cofounder of FACET Innovations. She is currently working on the Diagnoser projects and related professional development projects and she is helping conduct the research and organize the facet clusters in the physical sciences. In addition, Kraus works closely with the resource teachers from across the state as they produce assessment tools. She received a Ph.D. from the University of Washington.
Peter J. Lee is a senior lecturer in education in the History Education Unit of the School of Arts and Humanities at the Institute of Education of The University of London. Previously, he taught history in primary and secondary schools. Lee has directed several research and curriculum development projects (the latter with Denis Shemilt). He has edited five books on history education, and published numerous chapters and articles exploring children’s ideas about history, many of them coauthored with Rosalyn Ashby. He is an editor of the International Review of History Education. He received a history degree at Oxford University.
Shirley J. Magnusson is the Cotchett Professor of Science and Mathematics Teacher Education at the California Polytechnic State University. She has taught science to students at the elementary, middle school, high school, and college levels since 1980. She joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1991 as a science teacher educator, specializing in learning and instruction in science at the elementary school level. She collaborated with Annemarie Palincsar on a program of research that has sought to define and study the outcomes from an approach to inquiry-based science instruction known as Guided Inquiry supporting Multiple Literacies (GIsML). Publications of Magnusson’s work have appeared in the Journal of the Learning Sciences, Teaching and Teacher Education, the Journal of Science Education and Technology, and Learning Disabilities Quarterly, as well as a number of books such as Science Teacher Knowledge, Cognition and Instruction: Twenty-five Years of Progress, and Translating Educational Theory into Practice.
James Minstrell is cofounder and research scientist at FACET Innovations, LLC. This position followed a lengthy career as a science and mathematics teacher and classroom researcher in the learning of physical science and mathematics. He received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching from the National Science Foundation. Minstrell served on the U.S. Department of Education’s Expert Panel on Science and
Mathematics Education. He has published numerous articles, with a major focus on understanding of mathematics and physics.
Joan Moss is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Previously she worked as a master teacher at the Institute of Child Study Laboratory School. Her research interests include children’s development and understanding of rational numbers and proportional reasoning. More recently, Moss has been working on classroom-based studies of children’s development of algebraic thinking. Her work in professional development includes preservice training, as well as coordination of learning opportunities with novice elementary school mathematics teachers using a Japanese lesson study approach. She has published widely and is an author of a mathematics textbook series. Moss carried out postdoctoral research at the University of California at Berkeley.
Annemarie Sullivan Palincsar is the Jean and Charles Walgreen professor of reading and literacy at the University of Michigan’s School of Education. She has conduced extensive research on peer collaboration in problem-solving activity, instruction to promote self-regulation, acquisition and instruction of literacy with primary students at risk for academic difficulty, and how children use literacy in the context of guided inquiry experiences. She was a member of the NRC committees that produced the reports How People Learn: Bridging Research and Practice, and Preventing Reading Difficulties in young Children. Palincsar is currently coeditor of Cognition and Instruction.
Cynthia M. Passmore is an assistant professor in the School of Education at the University of California, Davis. She specializes in science education and is particularly interested in student learning and reasoning about scientific models. Her research also focuses on preservice and in-service teacher professional development. She teaches the science methods courses for single and multiple subjects credential candidates, as well as graduate courses in science education. Earlier in her career she worked as a high school science teacher in East Africa, Southern California, and Wisconsin.
Denis Shemilt has worked at the University of Leeds for more than 25 years, where he has been evaluator of the Schools History Project 13-16, and codirector of the Cambridge History Project. Until recently, he was head of the School of Education at Trinity and All Saints, a constituent college of the university, devoting time to educational management at the expense of real work. He is now focusing on training history teachers and pursuing a long-postponed interest in the development of students’ historical frameworks.
He has published numerous contributions to history education, including the History 13-16 Evaluation Study and papers on students’ ideas about change, evidence, and empathy in history. He received a degree in education from the University of Manchester.
James Stewart is a professor in the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests include student understanding, reasoning, and problem solving in science, particularly in the biological sciences. Stewart’s recent publications include articles on student understanding in genetics and evolutionary biology in Science Education and the Journal of Research in Science Teaching and a book chapter, “Teaching Science in a Multicultural Perspective.”
Suzanne M. Wilson is a professor in the Department of Teacher Education and director of the Center for the Scholarship of Teaching at Michigan State University. She was a history and mathematics teacher for 6 years; directed the Teacher Assessment Project at Stanford University; taught third-grade social studies in a professional development school; and has directed several research projects exploring the relationship of teachers’ practice to curriculum mandates. Wilson teaches prospective and practicing teachers, as well as prospective teacher educators and researchers.
Samuel S. Wineburg is professor of education at Stanford University, where he directs the Ph.D. program in History Education. His research explores the development of historical thinking among adolescents and the nature of historical consciousness. Wineburg’s book, Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts: Charting the Future and Past, was awarded the 2002 Frederic W. Ness Prize for the “most important contribution to the understanding and improvement of liberal education” by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. He was a member of the NRC committee that wrote How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University.