College of Education and Health Professions

William F. McComas, Ph.D., Parks Family Professor of Science Education

William F. McComas, Ph.D.

Parks Family Professor of Science Education
Curriculum and Instruction

310 Peabody Hall
Phone: 479-575-7525
FAX: 479-575-6676
mccomas@uark.edu

Degrees:

Ph.D., University of Iowa, Science Education, 1991
M.A., West Chester State University, Biology, 1981
M.A., West Chester State University, Physical Science, 1981
B.S., Lock Haven State University of Pennslyvania, Secondary Education, 1977
B.S., Lock Haven State University of Pennslyvania, Biology, 1976

Professional Biography:

William F. McComas, Ph.D., joined the faculty of the University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions in 2006 as the inaugural holder of the Parks Family Endowed Professorship in Science Education. This position follows more than a decade of service as a professor in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California where he founded PASE, the Program to Advance Science Education. He worked for many years as a middle level and secondary science teacher in suburban Philadelphia before completing the doctorate in science education from the University of Iowa.

 

McComas is involved in many areas of science education research and policy development. He has served on the Boards of Directors of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group (IHPST) and the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE). He is currently on the board of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) as Director at Large.

 

Dr. McComas is widely published in the areas of the history and philosophy of science. He is the recipient of the Outstanding Evolution Educator and the Excellence in Biology Education research awards from the National Association of Biology Teachers in addition to the Ohaus award for innovations in college science teaching and the Outstanding Science Teacher Educator award from ASTE. In 2004, he received the USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest such honor granted by the University. In 2009, he was named the Joseph Astman Conference Scholar by Hofstra University for contributions to the international conference, Darwin's Reach, celebrating the life and legacy of Charles Darwin during the bicentennial of his birth. 

 

McComas is interested in the improvement of laboratory instruction, effective evolution education, the interaction of the philosophy of science and science teaching, science education for gifted students, and science instruction in museums and at field sites. He has authored, co-authored or edited 18 books and book chapters along with 35 peer reviewed articles. He has given more than 30 keynote and invited speeches in addition to more than 70 contributed presentations on various aspects of science teaching and learning. He has chaired more than 25 doctoral dissertations. Eight former students now hold professorships in science education at locations worldwide with many others of his students involved in science education leadership positions in museums, school districts and in classrooms.

His professional interest in photography has resulted in development of instructional units and a major exhibition, The Galápagos Islands: Evolution’s Showcase, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History and the Great Lakes Science Center. Over 40 of his photographs have appeared on the covers of a variety of professional journals and in textbooks. In addition, he has developed and hosted tours to ecologically significant areas in Indonesia, Peru, Malaysia, East Africa, the Galápagos Islands, Iceland and Greenland. Bill is married to Kim Krusen McComas, a mathematics teacher who is currently completing her PhD in mathematics education. They have a son, Will, and daughter Emily, who, for some reason, have shown keen interests in science, math and travel!

Publications/Presentations:

Books and Monographs

McComas, W. F. (Ed.) (2006).  Investigating Evolutionary Biology in the Laboratory: A Complete Guide to Enhancing Laboratory Instruction.  Dubuque, IA:  Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co.

 

McComas, W. F. (Ed.) (2002).  Investigating Environmental Biology in the Laboratory.  Reston, VA: The National Association of Biology Teachers.

 

McComas, W. F. (Ed.) (1998).  The Nature of Science in Science Education: Rationales and Strategies.  Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer (Springer) Academic Publishers.

 

Book and Monograph Chapters

 

McComas, W.F. (2010).  The history of science and the future of science education: A typology of approaches to the history of science in science instruction.  In Kokkotas, P.V., Malamitsa, K.S. and Rizaki, A.A. (Eds.) Adapting Historical Knowledge Production to the Classroom (pp 37-54).  Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

 

McComas, W.F. and McComas, K.K. (2009).  The contributions of science and mathematics to STEM education: A view from beyond the disciplines of technology and engineering.  In The Overlooked STEM Imperatives: Technology and Engineering. (pp. 26-34). International Technology Education Association.

 

McComas, W. F. (2008).  Proposals for core nature of science content in popular books on the history and philosophy of science: Lessons for science education.  In Lee, Y. J. & Tan, A. L. (Eds.) Science education at the nexus of theory and practice. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.  Also appears in Greek translation in Koulaidis, V., Apostolu, A. and Kampourakis, K. (Eds.) The nature of science: Didactical approaches.  Athens, Greece: Child Services Editions.

 

McComas, W. F. (2006).  What evolution is and why we should accept it: Definitions, deconstruction, evidence and evolutionary biology.  In W. F. McComas, (Ed.) Investigating evolutionary biology in the laboratory (pp. 18-28).  Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co.

 

McComas, W. F. (2006).  Philosophical challenges in evolution education.  In W. F. McComas, (Ed.) Investigating evolutionary biology in the laboratory (pp. 29-40).  Dubuque, IA:  Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

 

McComas, W. F. (2006).  Historical challenges in evolution education.  In W. F. McComas, (Ed.) Investigating evolutionary biology in the laboratory (pp. 41-56).  Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

 

McComas, W. F., Abraham-Silver, L., and Ma, L. (2006).  Cognitive challenges in evolution education.  In W. F. McComas, (Ed.) Investigating evolutionary biology in the laboratory (pp. 57-81).  Dubuque, IA:  Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

 

McComas, W. F. (2004).  Exemplary practice is exemplary research.  Forward to Analysing exemplary science teaching.  Steve Alsop, Larry Bencze and Erminia Pedretti (Eds).  Oxford University Press.

 

McComas, W. F. (2002).  Science and its myths. In M. Shermer (Ed.). The Skeptics encyclopedia of pseudoscience (pp. 430-442).  Santa Barbara, CA: ABC CLIO Press.  Also published as The Principle Elements of the Nature of Science: Dispelling the Myths in the California Journal of Science Education (2005) 5(2), 37-67.

 

McComas, W. F., Clough, M. P., and Almazroa, H.  (1998). A review of the role and character of the nature of science in science education.  In W. F. McComas (Ed.).  Nature of science in science education: rationales and strategies.  Kluwer (Springer) Academic Publishers, 3-39.

 

McComas, W. F. and Olson, J. (1998).  The nature of science in international science education standards documents.    In W. F. McComas (Ed.) Nature of science in science education: rationales and strategies (pp 41-52). Kluwer (Springer) Academic Publishers.

 

McComas, W. F. (1998). The principal elements of the nature of science: Dispelling the myths of science. In W. F. McComas (Ed.) Nature of science in science education: rationales and strategies (pp. 53-70).  Kluwer (Springer) Academic Publishers.

 

McComas, W. F. (1998). A thematic approach to the nature of science for science teachers.  In W. F. McComas (Ed.) Nature of science in science education: rationales and strategies. (pp. 211-222).  Kluwer (Springer) Academic Publishers.

 

McComas, W. F. (1996). The affective domain and science, technology and society instruction: A meta-analytic review.  In R. E. Yager (Ed.) Science/technology/society as reform in science education (pp. 70-83). Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

 

McComas, W. F. (1993). The nature of science supervision: A review of the literature. Chapter 4 in G. M. Madrazo and L. L. Motz (Eds.) Sourcebook for science supervisors, 4th edition. Washington, DC: National Science Teachers Association.

 

McComas, W. F. (1993).  STS education and the affective domain.  In R. E. Yager (Ed.) What Research Says to the Science Teacher, VII.  The science, technology and society movement.  Washington, DC: National Science Teachers Association.

 

Refereed Articles

 

McComas, W.F. (2012, March).  Darwin’s error: Using the story of pangenesis to illustrate aspects of the nature of science in the classroom.  American Biology Teacher 74(3), 151-156.

 

McComas, W.F. (2012, February).  Darwin’s invention: Inheritance and the “mad dream” of pangenesis.  American Biology Teacher 74(2), 86-91.

 

McComas, W.F. (2011, November).  Science fairs: A new look at an old tradition. The Science Teacher, 78(8), 34-38.

 

McComas, W.F. (2010, Fall).  Educating science critics, connoisseurs and creators: What gifted students should know about how science functions. Gifted Education Communicator, 41(3), 14-17.

 

Kampourakis, K. and McComas, W. F. (2010).  Charles Darwin and evolution: Illustrating human aspects of science. Science & Education, 19 (6-8), 637-654.

 

McComas, W.F. (2010).  Where is the "origin" in the Origin of Species?  American Biology Teacher, 72(2), 62-3.

 

Farland-Smith, D. and McComas, W.F. (2009).  Teaching the human dimension of science.  Science and Children, 46(9), 48-51.

 

McComas, W. F. (2009, February).  Thinking, teaching and learning science outside the boxes: Interdisciplinarity in science instruction.  The Science Teacher, 76(2), 24-28.

 

McComas, W. F. (2008).  Seeking historical examples to illustrate key aspects of the nature of science.  Science & Education, 17(2/3), 249-263.

 

McComas, W. F. (2008). Back to the Future?  Reconsidering the role of 19th century nature-study in 21st century science teaching.  The Science Teacher, 75(2), 24-28.

 

McComas, W. F. (2007).  Biology education under the microscope. Examining the history and current state of biology education.  The Science Teacher, 74(7), 28-33.

 

McComas, W. F. (2006).  Science teaching beyond the classroom: The role of informal learning environments.  The Science Teacher, 72(10), 26-30.

 

McComas, W. F. (2005).  Laboratory instruction in the service of science teaching and learning.  The Science Teacher, 72(7), 24-29.

 

McComas, W. F. (2004).  Keys to teaching the nature of science: Focusing on the nature of science in the science classroom.  The Science Teacher, 71(9), 24-27.

 

McComas, W. F. (2004).  Look before you leap: Demonstrating the limits of induction.  The Science Teacher, 71(9), 62-63.

 

McComas, W. F. (2003).  A textbook case: Laws and theories in biology Instruction.  International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 1(2), 1-15.

 

McComas, W. F. (2003).  The nature of the ideal environmental science curriculum: Advocates, textbooks and conclusions.  American Biology Teacher, 65(3), 171-78.

 

McComas, W. F. (2002).  The ideal environmental science curriculum: History, rationales, misconceptions & standards, American Biology Teacher, 64(9), 665-672.

 

Olson, J. K., Cox-Petersen, A. M. and McComas, W. F.  (2001). The inclusion of informal environments in teacher preparation.  Journal of Science Teacher Education, 12(3), 155-173.

 

McComas, W. F. and Moore, L.S. (2001) The expectancy effect in the secondary school laboratory: Issues and opportunities. American Biology Teacher, 63(4), 246-252.

 

Bell, R., Abd-El-Khalick, F., Lederman, N.G., McComas, W.F., and Matthews, M.R. (2001).  The Nature of Science and Science Education: A Bibliography. Science & Education, 10(1/2), 187-204.

 

McComas, W.F., Clough, M.P., Scott, E., Smith, M.U. & Lederman, N.G. (July, 2000) The Nature of Science: An NSTA Position Statement. Adopted by the National Science Teachers Assn.

 

Leonard, W. H., McComas, W. F. and Mason, C. L. (2000).  Why it’s not a good time for science education in the once-golden state of California.  California Science Teachers Association Journal, Winter, 4-7.

 

McComas, W. F. and Cox-Petersen, A. M. (1999).  Enhancing undergraduate science instruction through science education partnerships: The G-STEP model.  Journal of College Science Teaching, 29(2), 120-125.

 

McComas, W. F., Clough, M. P., and Al-mazroa, H.  (1998). The role and character of the nature of science in science education.  Science & Education, 7(6), 511-532.

 

Lederman, N. G., McComas, W. F. and Matthews, M. R. (1998).  Editorial.  Science & Education, 7(6), 507-509.

 

McComas, W. F. and Wang, H. A. (1998). Blended science instruction: The promise and peril of reconnecting the sciences for instruction.  School Science and Mathematics, 98(6), 340-348.

 

Smith, M. U., Lederman, N. G. Bell, R. L., McComas, W.F. & Clough, M.P. (1997).  How great is the disagreement about the nature of science? A response to Alters.  Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 34(10), 1101-03.

 

McComas, W. F. (1997). Reexamining the nature of science: Lessons of misconceptions and misunderstandings from a science educator. Skeptic, 5(2), 88-95.

 

McComas, W. F. (1997).  The discovery and nature of evolution by natural selection: Misconceptions and lessons learned from the history of science.  American Biology Teacher, 59(8), 492-500.

 

McComas, W.F. (1997).  An ecological perspective of the laboratory teaching environment. Science Education International, 8(2), 12-16.

 

McComas, W. F. (Spring, 1997).  The nature of the laboratory experience: A guide for describing, classifying and enhancing hands-on activities.  California Science Teachers Association Journal, 6-9.

 

McComas, W. F. (October 13, 1996).  Op-Ed Article: “Shrinking Student-to-Teacher Ratios Poses Difficult Choices.”  Los Angeles Times (Valley Edition).

 

McComas, W. F.  (1996). Myths of science: Reexamining what we think we know about the nature of science. School Science and Mathematics, 96(1), 10-16.

 

McComas, W. F. and Colburn, A. I. (1995).  Laboratory learning: A neglected dimension of science teacher education.  Journal of Science Teacher Education, 6(2), 120-124.

 

Alters, B. J. and McComas, W. F. (1994).  Punctuated equilibrium: The missing link in evolution education. American Biology Teacher, 56(6), 334-340.

 

McComas, W. F. and Alters, B. J.  (1994). Modeling modes of evolution:  Comparing phyletic gradualism and punctuated equilibrium.  American Biology Teacher, 56(6), 354-360.

 

McComas, W.F., Blunck, S. M., McArthur, J. M. and Brockmeyer, M. A. (1991). Changing the focus: Fostering the development of Science, Technology and Society Programs in Schools.  Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, 12(6), 294-298.

 

McComas, W. F. (1991).  Using laboratory experiences to communicate aspects of evolutionary theory in secondary school biology: An analysis of teacher resources. American Biology Teacher, 53(3).

 

McComas, W. F. (1990).  How long is a long time?  Constructing the link between geology and biology. American Biology Teacher, 52(3) 161-7.

 

McComas, W. F. (1989).  The issue of valid and effective student evaluation.  Education and Urban Society, 22(1) 72-82.

 

McComas, W. F. & Penick, J. E. (1989).  Exemplary biology programs.  American Biology Teacher, 51(3), 137-141.

 

McComas, W. F. (1988).  Variation, adaptation and evolution at the zoo.  American Biology Teacher, 50 (6), 379-383.

 

PRESENTATIONS

 

Keynote, Invited and Plenary Session Speeches

McComas, W.F. (2012, November).  Darwin’s mad dream: What error and invention can tell us about how science works.  National Association of Biology Teachers.  Dallas, TX. Invited to give the annual the Christine Chantry Memorial Speech.

 

McComas, W.F. (2012, October).  Darwin’s mad dream: What error and invention tell us about how science works.  Concordia University – Science College.  Montreal, Quebec. Keynote.

 

McComas, W.F. (2012, October). Beaks, the Beagle and other misconceptions about evolution and its nature.  Iowa Science Teachers Association Annual Conference.  Keynote.

 

McComas, W.F. (2012, June).  The many reasons we teach science and what everyone should know about how it functions.  ESTABLISH/SMEC International Science Education Conference. Sponsored by CASTeL: Dublin City University, Ireland.  Invited plenary.

 

McComas, W.F. (2012, April).  Using history in science teaching: Models and opportunities.  Workshop on historical studies and stores in science education.  University of Flensburg (Germany) Institute of Physics and Chemistry Teaching. Invited.

 

McComas, W.F. (2011, April).  Educating science critics, connoisseurs and creators: What everyone should know about how science functions.  Lock Haven University of PA Festival of Science Honors Convocation.  Lock Haven, PA.  Keynote.

 

McComas, W.F. (2011, March).  Developing Experts through Science Instruction.  California Association for the Gifted (CAG) Palm Springs, CA. Invited.

 

McComas, W.F. (2010, October).  Darwin and Evolution: Myths, Misconceptions and Reality.  American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA. Keynote.

 

McComas, W.F. (2010, August).  A Proposed Typology for the Use of the History of Science in Science Teaching.  8th International Conference for the History of Science in Science Education.  Maresias, Sao Sebastio, Brazil. Invited.

 

McComas, W.F. (2009, October).  Discovering Darwin/Examining Evolution.  IMBRE (IDEA Network of Biomedical Research Excellent) Conference. Fayetteville, AR. Keynote.

 

McComas, W.F. (2009, October).  The Natural History of the Galapagos Islands: Exploration, Evolution and Environment.  California Science Teachers Association.  Palm Springs, CA.  Keynote.

 

McComas, W.F. (2009, June). Darwin and Evolution: A Reflection on the 200th Anniversary of Darwin’s Birth.  Public Address at the Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland, OH.  Keynote.

 

McComas, W.F. (2009, June).  How the History and Philosophy of Science Can Address the Challenges of Evolution Education.  5th Greek Conference on History, Philosophy and Teaching the Natural Sciences.  University of Cyprus, Nicosia.  Invited.

 

McComas, W.F. (2009, April). Does Arkansas have the science education standards it needs? Panelist: Preparing Highly Qualified Teachers for Arkansas conference sponsored by the UA Office for Education Policy.  Little Rock, AR. Invited.

 

McComas, W.F. (2009, March).  The Galapagos Islands: Evolution’s Laboratory. Keynote talk at the Darwin’s Reach Conference at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY as the Joseph G. Astman Distinguished Conference Scholar

 

McComas, W.F. (2008, July).  Should the History of Science be the Future of Science Education?  4th Greek Conference on History, Philosophy and Teaching the Natural Sciences: An Expert Workshop.  University of Athens with support from the Greek Association for Science Education and the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs.  Invited.

 

McComas, W. F. (2008, March).  The Nature of Science in Science Teaching: Myths and Realities.  A keynote session at the Approaches in Teaching the Nature of Science conference.  The Geitonas School.  Athens, Greece.  Keynote.

 

McComas, W.F. (2007, November).  How Knowledge of the History and Philosophy of Science Can Help Address the Challenges of Evolution Education.  The first Kendall-Hunt Lecture at the annual conference of the National Association of Biology Teachers, Atlanta, GA. Keynote.

 

McComas, W.F. (2007, June).  Teaching and Assessing the Nature of Science: Issues and Complexities.  A plenary session with M. Clough, J. Olson, K. deBerg and J. Ryder.  The Ninth International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group Meeting at the University of Calgary, Alberta Canada. Invited.

 

McComas, W.F. (2007, April).  Reconsidering What We Think We Know about How Science Works.  The Scientific Ways of Knowing Conference.  University of Akron, OH.  Keynote.

 

McComas, W.F. (2007, April).  The Galapagos Islands: Human Resource, Protection and Biodiverstity.  Montana Environmental Education Association (Bozeman, MT).  Keynote.

 

McComas, W.F. (2006, November).  Exploring the Nature of Science: A Missing Element in Science Instruction.  International Science Education Conference – Singapore.  Keynote.

 

McComas, W.F. (2006, August).  The State of Science Education Research in the United States.  Japan Science Teachers Association.  Nara, Japan.  Invited.

 

McComas, W.F. (2005, April).  Identification of and Services for the Gifted in Science and Using Inquiry to Enhance Gifted Science Education as a speaker at the Gifted Science Centers of Suncheon and Chonnmam Universities, Republic of South Korea.  Invited.

 

McComas, W.F. (2005, April).  The Nature of Science: Informing Science Instruction.  The Chemical Heritage Society Education Symposium.  Philadelphia, CA.  Keynote.

 

McComas, W.F. (2005, February).  Science Instruction and Gifted Learners.  California Association for the Gifted.  San Jose, CA.  Invited.

 

McComas, W.F. (2004, November).  The Philosophy of Biology: Implications and Challenges for Biology Educators.  National Association of Biology Teachers. Chicago, IL. Invited.

 

McComas, W.F. (2004, October).  Public Science Literacy: Considering the Impact of Misconceptions of Science.  American Board of Forensic Document Examiners. Las Vegas, NV.  Keynote.

 

McComas, W. F. (2003, October).  The Galapagos Islands: Discovery, Darwin, Natural History and Preservation.  National Association of Biology Teachers. Portland, OR.  Invited.

 

McComas, W.F. (2002, October).  Darwin’s Invention: Pangenesis as a Case Study in the Nature of Science.  National Association of Biology Teachers. Cincinnati, OH.  Invited.

 

McComas, W. F. (2002, March).  The Nature of Science Learning for Talented and Gifted Students.  California Association for the Gifted (CAG) Palm Springs, CA.  Invited.

 

McComas, W. F. (2001, October).  What Teachers Need to Know about Evolution Annual Meeting of the California Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Palm Springs, CA.  Invited.

 

McComas, W.F. (2001, February).  Further Misconceptions about Evolution and its Nature.  Greater Los Angeles Teachers Science Association (GLATSA) Los Angeles, CA.  Keynote.

 

McComas, W.F. (2000, November).  Darwin, Wallace, Finches and the Galapagos Islands: Rethinking Evolution.  Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History to open a related photographic exhibition Los Angeles, CA. Invited.

 

McComas, W.F. (2000, October).  Genetics, Gemmules, Darwin and Divinity: Misconceptions about Natural Selection, its Historical Development and its Impact on Society.  National Association of Biology Teachers. Orlando, FL.  Invited.

 

McComas, W. F. (1999, October).  The Natural History of the Galapagos Islands.  National Association of Biology Teachers (Ft. Worth, TX) and the Hawaii Science Teachers Association (Honolulu, HI).  Invited speeches.

 

McComas, W.F. (1998, November).  Beaks, the Beagle and Other Misconceptions about Evolution and its Nature.  National Assn of Biology Teachers (NABT).  Reno, NV.  Invited.

 

McComas, W.F. (1998, March).  School Science and Gifted Learners: What the National Science Education Standards Don’t Tell Us.  California Association for the Gifted (CAG).  Anaheim, CA.  Keynote.

 

McComas. W. F. (1997, July).  The Myths of Science.  Keynote address.  The Skeptic’s Society.  Pasadena, CA.  Keynote.

 

McComas. W. F. (1996, February).  Natural History, Myths and Evolution in the Galapagos Islands.  Greater Los Angeles Teachers' Science Association.  Los Angeles, CA.  Keynote.

 

McComas, W.F. (1995, October).  Reinventing the Biology Laboratory Experience.  National Association of Biology Teachers.  Phoenix, AZ.  Invited.

 

McComas, W.F. (1995, March).  Don't Guess, Know When (and How) to Assess.  California Association for the Gifted (CAG). Oakland, CA.  Invited.

 

McComas, W.F. (1994, December).  The New Science of Science Education.  Regional meeting of the National Science Teachers Association.  Las Vegas, NV.  Invited.

 

McComas, W.F. (1994, November).  Biological Themes in the Galapagos Islands.  National Association of Biology Teachers.  St. Louis, MO.  Invited.

 

McComas, W.F. (1994, October).  The Biology of the Galapagos Islands and Enhancing Laboratory Instruction.  California Science Teachers Association.  Palm Springs, CA. Invited.

 

McComas, W.F. (1994, March).  The New Science of Science Education.  California Association for the Gifted.  Palm Springs, CA.  Invited.              

 

Workshops, Panel Discussions, Seminars, Contributed and Concurrent Presentations and Posters

 

McComas, W.F., Barrow, L., Walker, R. and Olson, J.K. (January 2013).  Assisting graduate students through the job search process.  Annual Meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), Charleston, SC.

 

McComas, W.F. (2012, June).  Getting your hands on the nature of science.  ESTABLISH/SMEC International Science Education Conference. CASTeL: Dublin City University, Ireland.

 

McComas, W.F. (2012, May/June).  Graduate seminars on conceptual change teaching and the nature of science in science instruction.  Tartu University, Estonia.

 

McComas, W.F., Lee, C.K. and Sweeney, S.J. (2012, March).  Comprehensives and completeness of nature of science in state standards: Update and report card. Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST).  Indianapolis, IN.

 

Sweeney, S.J. and McComas, W.F. (2012, March).  Factors affecting early elementary (K-4) teachers’ introduction of the nature of science.  Annual meeting of NARST, Indianapolis, IN.

 

Jiang, F. and McComas, W.F. (2012, March).  Using text mining techniques to categorize science writing according to their inclusion of nature of science: Implications for practice and research.  Annual Meeting of NARST, Indianapolis, IN.

 

Jiang, F. and McComas, W.F. (2012, March).  Using PISA 2006 data to explore the relationship between inquiry teaching and student science achievement.  Annual Meeting of NARST, Indianapolis, IN.  Poster.

 

McComas, W.F., Barrow, L., and Walker, R. (January 2012).  Finding your first faculty position and being successful in it.  Annual Meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), Clearwater Beach, FL.

 

McComas, W.F., and Ricketts, A. (January 2012).  NOS and science teacher education: What research says about trends, conclusions and future directions.  ASTE, Clearwater Beach, FL.

 

Pongsophon, P. and McComas, W.F. (2011, April).  Impact of a Pure vs. Applied Science Immersion Experience on Preservice Teachers' Views of NOS.  Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST).  Orlando, FL

 

Lee, C.K. and McComas, W.F. (2011, April).  Idealization vs. Reality in Elementary Methods Instruction: A Statewide Analysis.  Annual Meeting of NARST. Orlando, FL

 

Sweeney, S. and McComas, W.F. (2011, January).  Early Elementary Teachers’ Beliefs about the Nature of Science.  Annual Meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE).  Minneapolis, MN

 

Lee, C. and McComas, W.F. (2011, January).  The Nature of Elementary Science Methods Instruction in Colleges and Universities in Arkansas.  ASTE. Minneapolis, MN

 

Purcell-Coleman, J. and McComas, W.F. (2011, January).  What Every Science Teacher Educator Needs to Know about Students with Special Needs. ASTE. Minneapolis, MN

 

McComas, W.F., Lee, C. and Sweeney, S. (2010, January).  Teacher Education Implications from a Review of the U.S. State Science Standards for the Nature of Science.  Annual Meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education.  Sacramento, CA

 

Fisher, K., and McComas, W.F.  (2010, November).  Enhancing Biology Teaching and Learning with Conceptual Assessment.  Annual Meeting of the National Association for Biology Teachers.  Minneapolis, MN

 

McComas, W.F., Lee, C. and Sweeney, S. (2009, April).  A Review of the U.S. State Science Standards with Respect to the Nature of Science.  Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST).  Garden Grove, CA

 

Al-Shamrani, S. and McComas, W.F. (2009, April).  The Context, Accuracy and Frequency of Inclusion of Key Nature of Science Concepts in Current Secondary Level Physics Textbooks.  NARST. Garden Grove, CA.  Poster presentation.

 

Farland, D. and McComas, W. F. (2008, April).  Using and Interpreting the e-DAST (Enhanced Draw-a-Scientist-Test).  Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST).  Baltimore, MD

 

McComas, W.F. (2007, June).  Teaching the Nature of Science through Historical Examples.  Eighth meeting of the International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group (IHPST).  University of Calgary, Canada.

 

McComas, W.F. and Farland, D. (2007, April).  The Enhanced DAST: Technical Aspects of a New Measure of Assessing Students’ Views of Scientists.  Annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST).  New Orleans, LA

 

Farland, D. and McComas, W.F. (2007, January).  Enhancing the DAST (Draw-a-scientist-test):  Implications for Teacher Education.  Annual meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education.  Clearwater Beach, FL

 

Czerniak, C., Shymansky, J, Yore, L, Krajcik, J. and McComas, W. F. (2007, January).  Presenting Complex Science Education Research Results: A Panel Discussion and Hands-on Workshop.  Annual meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education.  Clearwater Beach, FL

 

Farland, D. and McComas, W.F. (2006, October).  Deconstructing the Draw-a-Scientist-Test (DAST): Considering the Validity and Reliability of E-DAST (enhanced DAST).  Annual meeting of the School Science and Mathematics Association.  Missoula, MT

 

Hakhamimi, R., McComas, W. F. and MacKendrick, D. (2006, April).  Deconstructing Einstein: Using Visitors’ Voluntary Comments to Measure Perceptions, Interests and Attitudes of a Science-related Exhibition.  Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST).  San Francisco, CA

 

Kisiel, J. McComas, W. F., Abraham-Silver, L. and Dierking, L.  (April, 2006).  Investigating the Public Understanding of Evolution by Natural Selection: A Colloquium.  Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST).  San Francisco, CA

 

McComas, W.F. (2006, January).  Gifted Education and Science Teacher Education.  Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE).  Portland, OR

 

DeGroot, R. and McComas, W. F. (2006, January).  What Science Teacher Educators Should Know about Analogies?  Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE).  Portland, OR

 

McComas, W.F. (2005, April).  What Consensus Exists in Popular Books on the Nature of Science?  National Association for Research in Science Teaching.  Dallas, TX

 

McComas, W. F. (2005, July).  Historical Perspectives in the Teaching of Nature of Science.  Seventh meeting of the International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group (IHPST).  Leeds, UK

 

McComas, W. F. and Zwiep, S. (2005, January).  Examining Preservice Elementary Teachers’ Understanding of Students’ Science Misconceptions.  Association for the Education of Teachers of Science (AETS).  Colorado Spring, CO

 

Tse, K. and McComas, W. F. (2005, January).  The Secondary Science Methods Experience: Considering the Options.  Association for the Education of Teachers of Science (AETS).  Colorado Spring, CO

 

McComas, W. F., Mihram, D., and Grether, M. (2005, February).  Considering the Professorate: Analysis of a Course Designed for those who will be College Professors.   American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE).  Washington, DC

 

McComas, W.F. and Kaplan, S. N. (2004, February).  Thinking like Disciplinarians: Strategies in Discipline-Specific Elementary Instructional Methods Courses.  AACTE (Chicago, IL)

 

McComas, W.F. (2003, July).  The Nature of Science: What Consensus Exists Within Popular Books on the Subject?  Seventh International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

 

McComas, W.F. and Steinmetz, J. (2003, March).  Assessing Faculty Perceptions of Secondary School Laboratory Instruction.  National Association for Research in Science Teaching.  Philadelphia, PA

 

McComas, W.F. and Narguizian, P. (2003, January).  The Ideal Ecology Curriculum as Revealed by a Review of Secondary School Biology Textbooks.  Association for the Education of Teachers in Science (AETS), St. Louis, MO

 

McComas, W. F., Combs, D. and Heil, D. (2002, October).  A Hands-on Approach to the Nature of Science.  Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC).  Charlotte, VA

 

McComas, W.F. (2001, November).  Panel member discussing Current Research Trends in the Philosophy of Science and Applications to Science Teaching.  Sixth International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Organization Meeting.  Denver, CO

 

McComas, W.F. and Narguizian, P. (2001, November).  A Textbook Case of the Nature of Science: Laws and Theories and Biology Instruction.  Sixth International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group Meeting.  Denver, CO

 

McComas, W.F. (2001, August).  Quantitative and Qualitative Investigations into Experiential Science Learning and Participants’ Knowledge of the Nature of Science.  European Science Education Research Association.  Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece

 

McComas, W. F., Cox-Petersen, A. (2001, April).  The Impact of Experiential Science Learning on Participants’ Understanding of the Nature of Science.  National Association for Research in Science Teaching.  St. Louis, MO

 

Cox-Petersen, A., and McComas, W.F. (2001, April).  Experiential Learning at Science Research Sites: Contexts for Teacher Professional Development.   National Association for Research in Science Teaching.  St. Louis, MO

 

McComas, W. F., Jablon, P., Lederman, N.G., and Yager, R., (2001, January).  Member of a panel examining the Nature of Doctoral Programs in Science Education.  Association for the Education of Teachers of Science.  Costa Mesa, CA

 

McComas, W.F., (2001, January).  Science Instruction Beyond the Classroom: Rationales and Strategies for Teaching in Informal environments.  Association for the Education of Teachers of Science.  Costa Mesa, CA

 

McComas, W.F., et al. (2000, April).  Member of a symposium examining Future Research Directions in the Nature of Science in Science Education.  National Association for Research in Science Teaching.  New Orleans, LA

 

McComas, W.F., Good, R., Gess-Newsom, J., Smith, M.U., Staver, R. Lawson, A., et al. (2000, January).  Member of a panel examining Future Research Directions in the Nature of Science in Science Education.  Association for the Education of Teachers of Science.  Akron, OH

 

McComas, W.F., Cox-Petersen, A & Ericksen, M. (1999, September).  The Impact of Experiential Science Learning on Participants’ Understanding of Science and its Nature: A Preliminary Investigation.  International meeting of the History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group (IHPST).  Como, Italy

 

McComas, W.F. and Moore, L.S. (1998, April).  The Expectancy Effect in the Secondary School Laboratory.  Annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching.  San Diego, CA

 

McComas, W.F. (1998, February).  The Nature of Laboratory Instruction: Actual vs. Desired Approaches.  Annual Conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Philadelphia, PA

 

McComas, W.F. (1998, January).  The Nature of Science in Science Education: A Roundtable Discussion.  Association for the Education of Teachers of Science.  Minneapolis, MN

 

McComas. W.F. (1997, November).  Integrating Issues to Invigorate Instruction.  Regional Conference of the National Science Teachers Association.  Denver, CO

 

McComas, W.F. and Olson, J. K. (1997, June).  What is the Nature of Science?  An Appraisal of National Standards and Frameworks.  Fourth International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Conference.  University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

Cox, A. M and McComas, W. F. (1997, March).  Teacher-student Interactions in a Children’s Discovery Center.  National Association for Research in Science Teaching.  Oak Brook, IL

 

McComas, W.F. and Wang, H. A. (1997, March).  An Assessment of Student and Instructor’s Perceptions of the Actual and Ideal State of Undergraduate Laboratory Instruction.  National Association for Research in Science Teaching.  Oak Brook, IL

 

McComas, W.F. and Cox, A. M. (1997, January).  G-STEP: Partnerships in Science Education.  Association for the Education of Teachers of Science.  Cincinnati, OH

 

McComas, W.F. (1996, October).  Bioethics Instructional Strategies in the Science Classroom.  National Association of Biology Teachers Conference.  Charleston, SC

 

McComas, W.F. (1996, October).  Evolution Misconceptions: The Science Education Lessons.  The California Science Teachers Association.  Sacramento, CA

 

McComas, W.F. (1996, March).  What is Science? The National Science Teachers Association. St. Louis, MO

 

McComas, W.F. (1996, January).  Advanced Science Teaching Methods: A Roundtable Conversation. The Association for the Education of Teachers of Science.  Seattle, WA

 

McComas, W.F. (1995, October).  A Thematic Approach to Instruction in the Nature of Science.  A paper delivered at the 3rd International. History, Philosophy and Science Teaching conference.  Minneapolis, MN

 

McComas, W.F. (1995, September).  What Every Science Teacher Needs to Know about the Philosophy of Science.  California Science Teachers Association, San Jose, CA

 

McComas, W.F. (1995, January).  The Nature of Science in Science Teacher Education.  A symposium at the Association for the Education of Teachers of Science. Charleston, WV

 

McComas, W.F. and Alters, B. J. (1994, November).  Hands-on Evolution.  A workshop presented at the National Association of Biology Teachers.  St. Louis, MO

 

McComas, W.F. (1994, March).  The Nature of Exemplary Practice in Secondary School Science Laboratory Instruction: A Case Study Approach.  National Association for Research in Science Teaching.  Anaheim, CA

 

McComas, W.F., and Colburn, A. I. (1994, March).  Reinventing the Laboratory Experience.  The National Convention of the National Association of Science Teachers.  Anaheim, CA

 

McComas, W.F. and Alters, B. J.  (1993, November).  Punctuated Equilibrium Leaps into Biology Education.  The National Convention of the National Association of Biology Teachers.  Boston, MA

 

McComas, W.F.  (1993, April).  The Effects of an Intensive Laboratory Internship for Secondary Students on Students' Understanding of the Nature of Science: A Quantitative Approach. National Assn. for Research in Science Teaching.  Atlanta, GA

 

McComas, W.F. (1992, November).  Using Bioethics Case Studies in the Classroom: A Hands-On Workshop.  National Association of Biology Teachers Conference.  Denver, CO

 

McComas, W.F. (1992, October).  Panelist addressing “The Relationship of Universities, Museums and Schools.”  Western Museums Conference.  Riverside, CA

 

McComas, W.F., Brockmeyer, M.A., Giles, C. and Coleman, T. (1991, December).  From Established Educational Schemes to Science, Technology and Society: The Process of Change.  National Science Teachers Association Area Convention in New Orleans, LA

 

McComas, W.F. (1991, November). The Biology of the Galapagos Islands.  National Association of Biology Teachers.  Nashville, TN

 

McComas, W.F., Blunck, S. M., Brockmeyer, M. A. and McArthur, J. (1991, February).  Changing the View: A Summary of the Changes Which Must Occur to Foster the Acceptance of S/T/S Programs in Schools.  The Sixth National Technology Literacy Conference.  Washington, DC

 

McComas, W.F. (1990, November). The Galapagos Islands: Key to Darwin's Theory of Evolution?   National Association of Biology Teachers.  Houston, TX

 

McComas, W.F., Meyers, L. H., Yager, R. E. and Blunck, S. M. (1990, February).  Assessment in the Affective Domain: An Indicator of the Effectiveness of the S/T/S Philosophy.  The Fifth National Technological Literacy Conference.  Arlington, VA

 

McComas, W.F.  (1989, October). Integrating Societal Issues in the Biology and Life Science Curricula.  The National Association of Biology Teachers.  San Diego, CA

 

McComas, W.F., Brockmeyer, M. A., Yager, R. E. and Blunck, S. M. (1989, February).  The Role of Expanded Student Assessment in Science, Technology and Society (S/T/S) Educational Schemes. The 4th National Technological Literary Conference.  Arlington, VA

 

McComas, W.F. (1988, November).  Global Assessment of Students in Multiple Domains of Science Education.  The National Association of Biology Teachers. Chicago, IL. Workshop

 

McComas, W.F. (1987, October).  Developing Experiential Educational Programs.  Montgomery County (PA) Science Teachers Association.

 

McComas, W.F. (1983, October).  The Anatomy of the Cell Membrane.  The National Association of Biology Teachers.  Philadelphia, PA.

Grants:

2012-16 Implementation Grant (225K) from the Arkansas STEM Coalition to fund Arkansas UTeach a four year STEM education initiative at the University of Arkansas. (Co-PI with Gay Stewart of the UA Physics Department).

2011 Contract ($5K) from King Saud University to develop a glossary of key science education terms to be jointly published in English and Arabic (PI).

2011 Arkansas STEM Coalition Planning Grant ($40K) to fund the development of a proposal to support UTEACH. (Co-PI with Gay Stewart of the UA Physics Department).

2003-4 Grant ($9K) from the USC Fund for Innovative Undergraduate Teaching to support the Misconception Synthesis Project (www.SciMap.Net) an interactive data base of science misconceptions (alternative conceptions) designed to assist preservice teachers in making more effective instructional decisions in lesson design (PI).

1999-02 Grant ($70K) from the Reader’s Digest Dewitt-Wallace Foundation. Pathways to Teaching Project to support returned Peace Corps volunteers (PI).

1999-0 Grant ($26K) from USC Neighborhood Outreach program to develop the Fellowships in Informal Science Education program, a graduate course in the theory and practice related to the use of free choice learning environments in science instruction (PI).

1997-00 Grant ($24K) from USC Neighborhood Outreach program to support the Intersession Science Enrichment Project in the Family of Five Schools in South Central Los Angeles (Co-PI).

1997 Grant ($3K) from Earthwatch and the Bing Foundation to travel to Madagascar study the effects of science-rich, field-based programs on participant’s knowledge of and interest in the nature of scientific discovery. (PI)

1996 Grant ($125K) from the Galaxy Institute for Education to form the USC Elementary Science Institute (USC-ESI) chartered to enhance science teaching in the elementary grades through staff development. Projects included a daylong symposium with principle stakeholders to discuss the future of elementary science instruction and the development of an exemplary practice instructional videotape on effective fieldtrip strategies in partnership with the USC School of Cinema and TV (PI).

1996-97 USC School of Dentistry and the California Science Project ($15K) to continue G-STEP (PI).

1995-96 NSF-PRAXIS Funds ($70K) to enhance science teaching and learning with initiatives including the development of material resources to support elementary science teaching methods with State-adopted science curriculum projects, G-STEP (Graduate Science Teaching Enhancement Project); a workshop and teaching experience for university-based graduate teaching assistants and Trojan Science Institute; a day-long update series for recent elementary teaching graduates from the USC School of Education (PI)

1992 Iowa Eisenhower Funds ($28K). Laboratory Learning: An Inservice Institute, a professional development workshop for science teachers (Co-PI).

1986 Fellowship from the Leonhardt Foundation to work as a team member at the Earthwatch-sponsored Mayan archaeological site of Copan in Western Honduras while investigating the nature of field-based science education programs.

1985 Fellowship from NASA and NSTA (Summer) to study at the Goddard Spaceflight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland as part of the NASA Educational Workshop for Math and Science Teachers (NEWMAST).

1981 Summer-long Fellowship from the National Science Foundation to study Human Genetics and Bioethics at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.