My research interests can be found in the areas of teacher education and science education. Within teacher education, my research focuses on the complexities of the practicum setting (from both the teacher candidate’s and school associate’s perspectives) and how we can improve our understanding of this setting through the establishment of collaborative communities of practice.
A related area of research stems from my interest in workplace learning. Specifically, with my colleagues Hugh Munby, Nancy Hutchinson, we have been conducting research on high school students working in co-operative education contexts with a science focus. We wrote a discussion paper for the Council of Ministers of Education (CMEC) highlighting the research issues that need to be addressed in high-school co-operative education, and we are now working on our third SSHRC-funded research grant in this area. For more information, go to the Co-operative Education and Workplace Learning (CEWL) website on the faculty’s research page. Additional research is being conducted on a 2-year SSHRC-HRDC grant that also includes Denise Stockley at Joan Versnel as co-investigators.
education, I am concerned with the implications for teaching and
learning when one attends to constructivist learning theories, metacognition, multicultural/inclusive science,
and issues within the philosophy of science. As part of the
I also have a growing interest in international education, and the work of the Teachers’ Overseas Recruiting Fair.
Courses that I am teaching or that I have recently taught:
CURR 305 - Intermediate/Senior Chemistry methods
PROF 191 - Theory and Professional Practice
EDST 436 - Introduction to Schools and Teaching (for MAS concurrent candidates)
EDST 446 - Science & Teaching as Investigative Arts
FOCI 255 - Educators Abroad Program Focus
EDUC 841 - Topics in Science Education (graduate course)
EDUC 890 - Introduction to Educational Research (graduate course)
EDUC 890 - Topics in Qualitative Research (graduate course)
EDUC 910 - The Traditions of Curriculum (graduate course)
The following link is to the Science Education Resource web page, which is maintained by teacher candidates in our secondary science program. In addition to an annotated list of links to science teaching resources, the web site also contains unit plans, demonstrations, and book reviews developed by the teacher candidates in my methods courses over the years.
Last updated November
2009 by Peter Chin
Follow this link to a website that contains personal pictures of my family.