Steven McGee

Steven Michael McGee

Research Associate Professor, Learning Sciences

Annenberg Hall
Room 141
2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-0001
Phone: (847) 467-3113


Steven McGee (PhD 1995, Learning Sciences, Northwestern; BS 1988, Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern) is a Research Associate Professor of Learning Sciences in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. McGee's areas of research are science education reform, teacher leadership, assessment and educational technology. He currently serves as the director of the NU Leadership Academy for School Improvement, which provides teacher leadership support for Chicago elementary and high school science teachers involved in curriculum reform projects. McGee is an active faculty member in the design and implementation of the new masters in teacher leadership program at Northwestern. He is the former director of the Meaningful Science Consortium, which facilitated transformation of high school science departments in Chicago through project-based curricula, professional development, coaching, and aligned assessments. He is also a former director of the NASA Classroom of the Future program, which brings the excitement of NASA science to K-12 schools through the use of advanced technologies.

Curriculum Vitae

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Year Degree Institution
2000 MBA Wheeling Jesuit University
1995 PhD, Learning Sciences Northwestern University
1988 BS, Human Development and Social Policy Northwestern University


Year Title  
1995 Designing Curricula Based on Science Communities of Practice

Research Interests

Science education, urban education reform, assessment, educational technology, curriculum design.



MS_ED 436

Design of Learning Environments for Teachers This course is an introduction to issues in the design, enactment, and study of innovative learning environments. The course concerns both the theory and practice of design. A crucial part of the design process is the way in which designs are taken up in the real world. This course is geared specifically towards teachers and their needs as designers. Oftentimes, teachers are given a designed curriculum and expected to make sense of and implement this design in their classroom. The way in which teachers adapt these artifacts to make them workable designs for their particular classroom situation is a primary focus of this course. In looking at how design becomes a reality in the classroom, teachers will consider implications of cognitive and social interaction learning theories for design. Throughout the course teachers will be applying these theories of design to a collaborative design project.

MS_ED 438

Teaching with Technology Teaching with Technology is a course designed to help teachers use empirical models to explore new technologies, evaluate their educational potential, and develop scenarios of use consistent with their teaching philosophy. The course starts with a reflection on the relationship between teaching philosophy and technology use. We will also explore children’s everyday uses of technology. We then will take an in-depth look at three emerging technologies: personal broadcasting (e.g., blogs, podcasts), Wikipedia, and gaming. In each case, you will get extensive experience with the technology, examine empirical models that can be applied to the technologies, and reflect on how the technologies intersect with your teaching philosophy. The course also provides exposure to a variety of technologies that are common school settings.

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