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Abd-El-Khalick, Fouad

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Overview

Fouad Abd-El-Khalick is Professor and Dean of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before coming to Carolina, Abd-El-Khalick was Grace Wicall Gauthier Professor of Education and Associate Dean for Research & Research Education in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2014 – 2016), where he was a tenured full professor in, and also served as Head of, the Department of Curriculum & Instruction (2011 – 2015). His research focuses on the teaching and learning about nature of science (NOS) in precollege grades, and in preservice and inservice science teacher education settings. He also maintains an active international program of educational research and development in Egypt, Lebanon, and Qatar.

Abd-El-Khalick served as an elected member (2004 - 2007), and currently is ex-officio member (2015 – 2019), of the NARST Executive Board of Directors (previously: National Association for Research in Science Teaching). He also served as associate editor for the Journal of Research in Science Teaching and School Science and Mathematics Journal, and sits on the editorial boards for the International Journal of Science Education, Science & Education, and Journal of Science Education and Technology. Currently, Abd-El-Khalick is Co-Editor of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (2015 – 2019) and Associate Editor of the Journal of Science Teacher Education (2013 – 2017).

From NARST, he has received the Early Research Career Award (2003), Journal of Research in Science Teaching Award (2001), and Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award (1999). During his tenure at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2000 – 2016) he received the College of Education Distinguished Scholar Award (2005) and Distinguished Senior Scholar Award (2011), and was named University of Illinois Scholar (2006 - 2009). In 2011, Abd-El-Khalick was elected to the rank of Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for, according to the Association, “his outstanding research on teachers’ and students’ conceptions of the nature of science that helped provide a foundation for this field of research.”

Education

  • Ph.D. - Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR - Science Education - 1998
  • M.A. - American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon - Science Education - 1995
  • Teaching Diploma - American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon - Teaching Secondary Science - 1993
  • B.S. - American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon - Biology - 1991

Research Interests

  • Nature of science in science education
  • Inquiry teaching and learning
  • Science teacher education

Teaching Areas

  • Philosophical foundations of science education

Honors & Awards

  • Grayce Wicall Gauthier Professor of Education, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL. Invested: October 9, 2014.
  • Entrepreneurial Excellence: Social Venture Award, Innovation Celebration, Champaign County Economic Development Corporation, Champaign, Illinois, February, 2014.
  • Fellow, Committee on Institutional Cooperation, Academic Leadership Program, 2013-2014.
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (elected, 2011).
  • College of Education Distinguished Senior Scholar Award, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2011-2012). Awarded April 13, 2011. ($2,500)
  • Special recognition for the scope, quality, and impact of scholarship, teaching, and engagement. One of four faculty members selected for special recognition from nearly 100 cases of promotion and/or tenure (2009-2010). Awarded by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; July, 2010. ($3,000)
  • University Scholar, University Scholars Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2006-2009). Awarded February 20, 2006. ($ 30,000)
  • College of Education Distinguished Scholar Award, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2005-2006). Awarded June 28, 2005. ($1,500)
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award for Faculty, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Awarded May 6, 2004.
  • The National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) The NARST Early Research Career Award. Awarded March 25, 2003, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Faculty Fellow, Bureau of Educational Research, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2001-2002).
  • The National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) Journal of Research in Science Teaching Award. Awarded March 27, 2001, St. Louis, MO.
  • The National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award. Awarded March 29, 1999, Boston, MA.
  • Listed in the “List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by Their Students,” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Fall 2010, Fall 2009, Spring 2008, Fall 2007, Fall 2006, Spring 2005, Fall 2004, Spring 2004, Fall 2003, Spring 2003, Spring 2002, Fall 2001, and Spring 2001.
  • Teacher of the Year Award. Awarded by the Education Students Society, Department of Education, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, June, 2000.

Funded Research

  • 2015–2016: National Science Foundation; Directorate for Engineering; Division for Engineering Education and Centers; Engineering Research Centers. “Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems” (P.O.E.T.S). Fouad Abd-El-Khalick, Co-Director, Education and Workforce Development. ($18,500,000)
  • 2010–2013: Qatar Foundation; Qatar National Research Fund; National Priorities Research Program. “Qatari students’ Interest in, and Attitudes toward Science” (QIAS). Fouad Abd-El-Khalick: Co-Principal Investigator. ($1,031,878)
  • 2009–2014: National Science Foundation; Division of Undergraduate Education; MSP–Teacher Institutes. “Entrepreneurial Leadership in STEM Teaching & learning” (EnLiST). Fouad Abd-El-Khalick: Co-Principal Investigator. ($5,000,000)
  • 2002–2008: National Science Foundation; Division of Undergraduate Education; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Teacher Preparation (STEMTP). “An Alternative Program for Recruiting, Educating, Certifying, and Retaining Underrepresented Populations in Teaching Science and Mathematics” (RECRUIT). Fouad Abd-El-Khalick: Principal Investigator. ($866,015)
  • 2002–2003: Hewlett Packard Mobile Computing K-12 Classroom Grant. Fouad Abd-El-Khalick: Co-Principal Investigator. “Using technology to enhance achievement in math, science, and literacy: A middle school-university partnership.” ($128,934)

Selected Publications

Abd-El-Khalick, F., Myers, J., Summers, R., Brunner, J., Waight, N., Wahbeh, N., Zeineddin, A., & Belarmino, J., (in press). A longitudinal analysis of the prominence and representations of nature of science in U.S. high school biology and physics textbooks. Journal of Research in Science Teaching.

Abd-El-Khalick, F., Summers, R., Said, Z., Wang, S., & Culbertson, M. (2015). Development and large-scale validation of an instrument to assess Arabic-speaking students’ attitudes toward science. International Journal of Science Education, 37(16), 2637-2663.

Abd-El-Khalick, F. (2014). The evolving landscape related to assessment of nature of science. In N. G. Lederman & S. K. Abell (Eds.), Handbook of research on science education (2nd ed.) (pp. 621-650). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Abd-El-Khalick, F. (2013). Teaching with and about nature of science, and science teacher knowledge domains. Science & Education, 22(9), 2087-2107.

Abd-El-Khalick, F. (2012). Examining the sources for our understandings about science: Enduring conflations and critical issues in research on nature of science in science education. International Journal of Science Education, 34(3), 353-374.

Abd-El-Khalick, F. (2012). Nature of science in science education: Toward a coherent framework for synergistic research and development. In B. J. Fraser, K. Tobin, & McRobbie, C. (Eds.), Second international handbook of science education (Vol. 2) (pp. 1041-1060). The Netherlands: Springer.

Abd-El-Khalick, F., Waters, M., & Le, A. (2008). Representations of nature of science in high school chemistry textbooks over the past four decades. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 45(7), 835-855.

Abd-El-Khalick, F. (2005). Developing deeper understandings of nature of science: The impact of a philosophy of science course on preservice science teachers’ views and instructional planning. International Journal of Science Education, 27(1), 15-42.

Abd-El-Khalick, F., & Akerson, V. L. (2004). Learning as conceptual change: Factors that mediate the development of preservice elementary teachers’ views of nature of science. Science Education, 88(5), 785-810.

Abd-El-Khalick, F., BouJaoude, S., Duschl, R. A., Hofstein, A., Lederman, N. G., Mamlok, R., Niaz, M., Treagust, D., & Tuan, H. (2004). Inquiry in science education: International perspectives. Science Education, 88(3), 397-419.

Abd-El-Khalick, F. (2003). Socioscientific issues in pre-college science classrooms: The primacy of learners’ epistemological orientations and views of nature of science. In D. L. Zeidler (Ed.), The role of moral reasoning in socioscientific issues and discourse in science education (pp. 41-61). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer.

Abd-El-Khalick, F., & Lederman, N. G. (2000). The influence of history of science courses on students’ views of nature of science. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 37(10), 1057-1095.

Abd-El-Khalick, F., & Lederman, N. G. (2000). Improving science teachers’ conceptions of the nature of science: A critical review of the literature. International Journal of Science Education, 22(7), 665-701.

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