Education

  • Ph.D. 1998 – Oregon State University, Science Education
  • M.A. 1995 – American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon; Science Education
  • Teaching Diploma 1993 – American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon; Teaching Secondary Science
  • B.S. 1991 – American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon; Biology

Areas of Expertise

  • Nature of science in science education
  • Inquiry teaching and learning
  • Science teacher education
  • Philosophical foundations of science education

Background

Before coming to Carolina, Abd-El-Khalick was Grace Wicall Gauthier Professor of Education and Associate Dean for Research & Research Education in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2014 – 2016), where he was a tenured full professor in, and also served as Head of, the Department of Curriculum & Instruction (2011 – 2015). His research focuses on the teaching and learning about nature of science (NOS) in precollege grades, and in preservice and inservice science teacher education settings. He also maintains an active international program of educational research and development.

Research

Abd-El-Khalick served as an elected member (2004 – 2007) and ex-officio member (2015 – 2019) of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) Executive Board of Directors. He also served as associate editor for the School Science and Mathematics Journal (2001 – 2006), Journal of Research in Science Teaching (2004 – 2009), and Journal of Science Teacher Education (2013 – 2018). He also sits on the editorial boards for the International Journal of Science Education, Science & Education, and Journal of Science Education and Technology. Currently, Abd-El-Khalick is Co-Editor of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (2015 – 2019).

From NARST, he has received the Early Research Career Award (2003), Journal of Research in Science Teaching Award (2001), and Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award (1999). During his tenure at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2000 – 2016) he received the College of Education Distinguished Scholar Award (2005) and Distinguished Senior Scholar Award (2011), and was named University of Illinois Scholar (2006 – 2009). In 2011, Abd-El-Khalick was elected to the rank of Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for, according to the Association, “his outstanding research on teachers’ and students’ conceptions of the nature of science that helped provide a foundation for this field of research.”