Brian J. Reiser
Professor, Learning Sciences
2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-0001
Phone: (847) 467-2205
Fax: (847) 491-8999
BiographyBrian J. Reiser (PhD 1983, Cognitive Science, Yale) is Professor of Learning Sciences in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. Reiser’s research examines how to make scientific practices such as argumentation, explanation, and modeling meaningful and effective for classroom teachers and students. This design research investigates the cognitive and social interaction elements of learning environments supporting scientific practices, and design principles for technology-infused curricula that embed science learning in investigations of contextualized data-rich problems. Reiser leads the Scientific Practices project to develop an empirically based learning progression for scientific practices that specifies how learners can engage in constructing, applying, and refining scientific knowledge with increasing sophistication from elementary to middle school. Reiser is also on the leadership team for IQWST (Investigating and Questioning our World through Science and Technology), a collaboration with the University of Michigan developing a middle school project-based science curriculum, and led the BGuILE (Biology Guided Inquiry Learning Environments), developing software tools for supporting students in analyzing biological data and constructing explanations. Professor Reiser was a founding member of the first graduate program in Learning Sciences, created at Northwestern, and chaired the program from 1993, shortly after its inception, until 2001. He was co-principal investigator in the NSF Center for Curriculum Materials in Science, exploring the design and enactment of science curriculum materials, and served on the NRC panels authoring the reports Taking Science to School (2007) and Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards (2011).
Curriculum VitaeView Brian Reiser's CV.
|1983||PhD, Cognitive Science||Yale University|
|1979||MA, Psychology||New York University|
|1977||BA, Psychology||University of Pennsylvania|
Selected PublicationsBerland, L. K., & Reiser, B. J. (2011). Classroom communities’ adaptations of the practice of scientific argumentation. Science Education: 191–216.
Schwarz, C.V., Reiser, B. J., Davis, E. A., Kenyon, L., Acher, A., Fortus, D., Shwartz, Y., Hug, B., & Krajcik, J. (2009). Developing a learning progression for scientific modeling: Making scientific modeling accessible and meaningful for learners. Journal of Research in Science Teaching: 632-654.
Berland, L. K., & Reiser, B. J. (2009). Making sense of argumentation and explanation. Science Education: 26-55.
Tabak, I., & Reiser, B. J. (2008). Software-realized inquiry support for cultivating a disciplinary stance. Pragmatics and Cognition: 307-355.
Krajcik, J., McNeill, K. L., & Reiser, B. J. (2008). Learning-goals-driven design model: Developing curriculum materials that align with national standards and incorporate project-based pedagogy. Science Education: 1-32.
Duncan, R. G., & Reiser, B. J. (2007). Reasoning across ontologically distinct levels: Students' understandings of molecular genetics . Journal of Research in Science Teaching: 938-959.
Duncan, R. G., & Reiser, B. J. (2007). Reasoning across ontologically distinct levels: Students' understandings of molecular genetics. Journal of Research in Science Teaching: 938-959.
Michaels, S., Shouse, A., & Schweingruber, H. A. (2007). Ready, Set, Science!: Putting Research to Work in K-8 Science Classrooms. National Academies Press.
Duschl, R. A., Schweingruber, H. A., & Shouse, A. W. (2007). Taking science to school: Learning and teaching science in grades K-8. National Academies Press.
Edelson, D. C., & Reiser, B. J. (2006). Making authentic practices accessible to learners: Design challenges and strategies in . K. Sawyer (Ed.), The Cambridge handbook of the learning sciences (pp. 335-354). Cambridge University Press.
Smith, B. K., & Reiser, B. J. (2005). Explaining behavior through observational investigation and theory articulation. Journal of the Learning Sciences: 14(3), 315-360.
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Reiser, Brian J. (2004). Scaffolding complex learning: The mechanisms of structuring and problematizing student work. Journal of the Learning Sciences: 13(3), 273-304.
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Reiser, B.J., Tabak, I., Sandoval, W.A., Smith,B. K., Steinmuller, F., & Leone, A.J. (2001). BGuILE: Strategic and conceptual scaffolds for scientific inquiry in biology classrooms in Carver, S.M. & Klahr, D. (Eds.), Cognition and Instruction: Twenty-five Years of Progress (pp. 263-305). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
Loh, B., Reiser, B.J., Radinsky, J., Edelson, D.C., Gomez, L.M., & Marshall, S. (2001). Developing reflective inquiry practices: A case study of software, the teacher, and students in Crowley K., Schunn, C.D. & Okada, T. (Eds), Designing for Science: Implications from Everyday, Classroom, and Professional Settings (pp. 279-323). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
Selected PresentationsReiser, Brian (2007). NSF. • Invited presentation at NSF to present the NRC K-8 Science report.
Krajcik, J., Reiser, B. J., Schwarz, C., & Fortus, D (2007). Supporting a learning progression for scientific modeling in project-based inquiry curricula. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Chicago, IL.
Kuhn, L., & Reiser, B. J (2007). Bridging classroom practices: Traditional and argumentative discourse. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching. New Orleans, LA.
Reiser, B.J. (December, 2006). NRC K-8 Science report. Invited presentations at NSF.
Reiser, B.J. (December, 2006). NRC K-8 Science report. Invited presentation at Dept of Education Math Science Partnerships conference.
Kenyon, L. & Reiser, B. (2006). Functional Approach to Nature of Science: Using Epistemological Understandings to Construct and Evaluate Explanations. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association. San Francisco, CA.
Krajcik, J., & Reiser, B. J. (2006). Sequencing and supporting complex scientific inquiry practices in instructional materials for middle school students. Symposium presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching. San Francisco, CA.
Kuhn, L. & Reiser, B. (2006). Structuring Activities to Foster Argumentative Discourse. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association. San Francisco, CA.
Fortus, D., Hug, B. Krajcik, J., Kuhn, L., McNeill, K., Reiser, B. J., Rivet, A., Rogat, A., Schwarz, C., & Schwarz, Y. (2006). Sequencing and Supporting Complex Scientific Inquiry Practices in Instructional Materials for Middle School Students. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching. San Francisco, CA.
Kuhn, L., & Reiser, B. J. (March, 2005). Students constructing and defending evidence-based scientific explanations. Paper presented at NARST 2005. Dallas, TX.
Kenyon, L. O., & Reiser, B. J. (March, 2005). Students’ epistemologies of science and their influence on inquiry practices. Paper presented at NARST 2005. Dallas, TX.
ProjectsAnalyzing Scaffolding Software in Educational Settings in Science (ASSESS)
Biology Guided Inquiry Learning Environments (BGuILE)
Center for Curriculum Materials in Science (CCMS)
Center for Learning Technologies in Urban Schools (LeTUS)
Chicago Urban Systemic Program
Engineering Scaffolded Work Environments (SWEets) for Science Education Project
IQWST: Investigating and Questioning our World through Science and Technology
Modeling Designs for Learning Science (MoDeLS)
SIBLE (Supportive Inquiry-Based Learning Environments) Project
Supporting Student and Teacher Inquiry in Bioscience
Other Research/ScholarshipMoDeLS: Modeling Designs for Learning Science
http://www.models.northwestern.edu/ Reviewer, Spencer Foundation, National Science Foundation.
2004-2006: Committee on Science Learning K-8, National Research Council. Special subcomitte on learning progressions for NRC panel on science assessment.
Member, NRC Panel K-8 science learning.
Research InterestsThe design of learning environments and curriculum materials for science that support authentic practices including explanation, argumentation, and designing investigations. His research examines the cognitive and social interaction aspects of scientific inquiry, principles for scaffolding practices in software and curriculum materials, teaching pratices, and curriculum design frameworks.
|LRN_SCI 403||Foundations of the Learning Sciences This is an introductory survey course intended primarily for first year graduate students in the Learning Sciences. Its purpose is to introduce students to basic concepts and findings of cognitive theory and research relevant to the Learning Sciences, with specific focus on how these concepts and findings apply to formal and informal learning. The course also serves to familiarize students with the culture and practices of work in the Learning Sciences so that they can begin to participate effectively in research endeavors.|
|LRN_SCI 435||New Approaches to Science Teaching This course will review current ideas about reforms in science education, drawing on recent research on science learning and instructional innovation, and on reform documents such as national standards. We will examine approaches that attempt to teach science throughout K-12 as a knowledge-building practice, i.e., by engaging in scientific investigations and participating in scientific practices such as argumentation, explanation, and working with scientific models. The course will provide experience in understanding student thinking, articulating learning goals, and analyzing and adapting curriculum materials in light of current research-based view of science learning. Fulfills an MSED requirement.|
|MS_ED 435||New Approaches to Science Teaching|
|MS_ED 451||Teaching K-12 Science with the Next Generation Science Standards|
|TEACH_ED 351||Topics: Student Thinking and Inquiry in Preparation for Teach for America|
|2008||Center for Curriculum Materials in Science||Graduate Fellowship Commitee|
|2008||Science Education||Editorial Board Member|
|2008||Science Education||Editorial Board Member|
|2008||Journal of the Learning Sciences||Editorial Board Member|
|2008||Cognition and Instruction||Reviewer|
|2007||Science Education||Editorial Board|
|2007||National Science Foundation||Reviewer|
|2007||Journal of the Learning Sciences||Editorial Board|
|2007||Cognition and Instruction||Peer Reviewer|
|2006||Journal of the Learning Sciences||Member|
|2006||Cognition and Instruction||Reviewer|
|1990||Journal of the Learning Sciences||editorial board|
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