Jan van Driel

Jan van Driel

"Research on teacher professional development both preservice and inservice is critically important as we adopt new models for aligning curriculum-instruction-assessment," says Richard Duschl, Waterbury Chaired Professor in Secondary Education. "Dr. van Driel is a highly respected science teacher education researcher, and his visit to Penn State for the Waterbury Lecture will allow us to learn more about the models being used in Europe and in the Netherlands."

Jan van Driel received his Ph.D. in Chemical Education from Utrecht University in 1990; his research the past 15 years has focused on teachers' knowledge and beliefs in the context of preservice teacher education and education reform. Among other things, he is currently a board member of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST) and associate editor of the International Journal of Science Education.

"For well over a decade, Jan’s work on the development of science teachers’ beliefs and knowledge for teaching chemistry and modeling has been at the forefront of research in science teacher education," adds Zembal-Saul. "He is recognized internationally as a leading scholar in this space."

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