Emily van Zee

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Office: 541-737-1880

Ph.D. Psychology, University of Washington, 1989
M.S. Physics, University of Washington, 1982
B.A. Physics, Racliffe College, Harvard University, 1964

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Research/Career Interests: 

Student and teacher questioning during conversations about science

Science conversations in which students express their own ideas and engage one another in discussing what they think

Factors that foster science learning

Ways to foster teacher inquiries into science learning and teaching

Development of web-based cases that can communicate one’s own teaching practices to interested colleagues


Before coming to OSU, I was an associate professor of science education at the University of Maryland, College Park. I also have taught middle school science, contributed to development of science curricula, and studied ways of speaking in science classrooms.