John Rudolph is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also holds appointments in the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies and the Department of History of Science, Medicine, and Technology and was a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow during the 2004-2005 academic year. Prior to his appointment at Wisconsin, Rudolph taught biology, chemistry, and physics at various high schools throughout Wisconsin. He writes on the history of science education in the United States and, in addition, explores issues related to the teaching of the nature of science in current school practice. His first book, Scientists in the Classroom: The Cold War Reconstruction of American Science Education, examined the intellectual, social, and cultural forces that led to the sweeping reorganization of high school science curriculum after World War II.
Dr. Rudolph's talk was entitled "How Understandings of Scientific Practice are Built: The Case of High School Biology in the 1960s."