Kenneth G. Tobin
NSF Award Recognition: NSF 2004 Distinguished Teaching Scholars

Research Contributions: Dr. Tobin’s research concerns the teaching and learning of science in urban schools, and co-teaching as a way of learning to teach in urban high schools. He has developed an assessment instrument to identify students who would benefit from less abstract forms of learning, called the Test of Logical Thinking, which was been used internationally. His research on the use of ethnographic research to study how teachers interact with students in a class, published in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, has been identified as one of the most significant papers published in the journal. Dr. Tobin has won numerous outstanding-paper awards for his research. He received the Cattell Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA). He has been a Visiting Professor at Curtin University of Technology, Perth Western Australia and Queensland University of Technology, Australia; a Visiting Fellow at the National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan; a Visiting Scholar at the Universite de Quebec a Montreal, Canada; and Lansdowne Professor at the University of Victoria, Canada. He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). His book, At the elbows of another: Learning to teach through co-teaching, received the Choice Award in the category of Outstanding Academic Titles for 2002.

Educational Contributions: Dr. Tobin.s efforts have been focused on improving science education in urban schools by improving the education of science teachers. He received an award from the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) for practical application of research for the classroom teacher, and an AERA Award for relating research to practice, the John W. Shrum Award for excellence in the education of science teachers. In 2004, he received Outstanding Science Teacher Educator of the Year (10+ years) from the Association for the Education of Teachers of Science.

Director's Award Project: To improve the quality of college science teaching, especially in courses for teachers and teacher candidates, and improve the quality of urban science education in classes taught by new teachers, Dr. Tobin will undertake professional development activities that will impact researchers of teaching and learning science, science teacher education, curriculum development and policy formulation.

from NSF Event, June 2, 2004 Program