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Alan Colburn

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Office: HSCI-216
Office Hours: Tu, Th 12-1. ... But I am on campus almost every day, and respond to e-mails. Let me know when you want to come.
E-mail: alan.colburn@csulb.edu
Telephone: 562 985 5948

Howdy, folks. I am a Professor of Science Education. Before coming to CSULB in 1995 I taught in the Science Education Center at the University of Iowa--where I received my Ph.D. (in Science Education) in 1991. I also have a master's degree in Biology, taught high school Chemistry in Haverford, PA, and briefly taught Physical Science in Iowa City.

I have taught a variety of courses at CSULB, but mostly I teach SCED 401, 550, and 404. SCED 401 is a science class for prospective elementary teachers. SCED 550 is the first class new graduate students take. SCED 404 is about the nature of science and scientific reasoning. I also work with graduate students and supervise student teachers. In 2004 I was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award.

Beside these duties I am graduate advisor to our Master's degree program, serve on various university committees, and review articles for professional journals. 

My research interests include inquiry-based science teaching, misconceptions, the nature of science, and issues related to evolution, creationism, science & religion. I've written many articles and given even more professional presentations and workshops. A book I wrote was published by the National Science Teachers Association. It's called  The Lingo of Learning: 88 terms every science teacher should know. The purpose of the book is to explain educational "jargon" in plain English, providing fairly brief introductions to common teaching-related ideas. I also wrote the monthly  Prepared Practitioner column in The Science Teacher from 2007-2010.

I will try my best to help you have a great experience with the classes you take from me.