Key Professional Appointments

Associate ProfessorCurriculum & Instruction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004 - 2010

Assistant ProfessorCurriculum & Instruction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000 - 2004

Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Education, American University of Beirut, 1998 - 2000

ProfessorCurriculum & Instruction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010 - 


Ph.D., Science Education, Oregon State University, 1998

M.A., Science Education, American University of Beirut, 1995

T.D., Teaching Secondary School Science, American University of Beirut, 1993

B.S., Biology, American University of Beirut, 1991

Awards, Honors, Associations

Entrepreneurial Excellence: Social Venture Award2014 - 2014

Fellow2013 - 2014

Elected Fellow2011 - 

Distinguished Senior Scholar Award2011 - 2011

Fellow2011 - 2011

Special Recognition2010 - 2010

Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award: Second Place and Honorable Mention2009 - 2009

University Scholar2006 - 2009

Executive Board Member2004 - 2007

Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students2001 - 2006

Distinguished College Scholar2005 - 2005

The NARST Early Research Career Award2003 - 2003

Journal of Research in Science Teaching Award2001 - 2001

Outstanding Master's Thesis Award2000 - 2000

Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award1999 - 1999

Research & Service

My past interests include investigating science teachers' pedagogical content knowledge, and global and specific subject matter structures, and the use of concept maps as learning and assessment tools.

My research focuses on the teaching and learning about nature of science (NOS) in grades K-12, and in preservice and inservice science teacher education settings. There are several aspects to this research, including characterizing learners' views of NOS, developing and assessing the effectiveness of instructional approaches targeting learners' NOS views, using history and philosophy of science to promote learners' understandings of NOS, and investigating factors that facilitate or impede the translation of science teachers' NOS views into instructional practice. Currently, I am investigating the developmental appropriateness of NOS understandings that current national reform efforts in science education deem central to developing informed views of NOS. I am also researching the interaction between students' global epistemologies and worldviews, and their learning about more specific aspects of NOS.


Waight, N., Abd-El-Khalick, F. (2012) Nature of technology: Implications for design, development, and enactment of technological tools in school science classrooms International Journal of Science Education

Abd-El-Khalick, F. (2012) Examining the sources for our understandings about science: Enduring conflations and critical issues in research on nature of science in science education International Journal of Science Education

Abd-El-Khalick, F. (2012) Nature of science in science education: Toward a coherent framework for synergistic research and development. Second international handbook of science education Springer: The Netherlands

Waight, N., Abd-El-Khalick, F. (2011) From scientific practice to high school science classrooms: Transfer of scientific technologies and the realization of authentic inquiry Journal of Research in Science Teaching

Abi-El-Mona, I., Abd-El-Khalick, F. (2011) Perceptions of the nature and “goodness” of argument among college students, science teachers, and scientists International Journal of Science Education

Zeineddin, A., Abd-El-Khalick, F. (2010) Scientific reasoning and epistemological commitments: Coordination of theory and evidence among college science students Journal of Research in Science Teaching

Salloum, S., Abd-El-Khalick, F. (2010) A study of practical-moral knowledge in science teaching: Case studies in physical science classrooms Journal of Research in Science Teaching

Abd-El-Khalick, F., Akerson, V. (2009) The influence of metacognitive training on preservice elementary teachers’ conceptions of nature of science International Journal of Science Education

Bora-Dogan, N., Abd-El-Khalick, F. (2008) Turkish grade 10 students’ and science teachers’ conceptions of nature of science: A national study Journal of Research in Science Teaching

Abd-El-Khalick, F., Waters, M., Le, A. (2008) Representations of nature of science in high school chemistry textbooks over the past four decades Journal of Research in Science Teaching

Abd-El-Khalick, F. (2005) Developing deeper understandings of nature of science: The impact of a philosophy of science course on preservice science teachers’ views and instructional planning International Journal of Science Education

Abd-El-Khalick, F. (2003) Socioscientific issues in pre-college science classrooms: The primacy of learners' epistemological orientations and views of nature of science. The role of moral reasoning in socioscientific issues and discourse in science education Kluwer Academic: Dordrecht, Netherlands

Abd-El-Khalick, F. (2001) Embedding nature of science instruction in preservice elementary science courses: Abandoning scientism, but.... Journal of Science Teacher Education

Abd-El-Khalick, F., Lederman, N. (2000) Improving science teachers' conceptions of the nature of science: A critical review of the literature International Journal of Science Education

Abd-El-Khalick, F., Lederman, N. (2000) The influence of history of science courses on students' views of nature of science Journal of Research in Science Teaching

Lederman, N., Abd-El-Khalick, F. (1998) Avoiding de-natured science: Activities that promote understandings of the nature of science. The nature of science in science education: Rationales and strategies Kluwer Academic: Dordrecht, The Netherlands

Abd-El-Khalick, F., BouJaoude, S. (1997) An exploratory study of the knowledge base for science teaching Journal of Research in Science Teaching

Abd-El-Khalick, F. (1980) Teaching with and about nature of science, and science teacher knowledge domains Science & Education


Co-Principal InvestigatorUsing Technology to Enhance Achievement in Math, Science, and Literacy: A Middle School-University Partnership, Hewlett-Packard, 8/1/2001 12:00:00 AM - 7/10/2003 12:00:00 AM

Principal InvestigatorRecruiting, Educating, Certifying and Retaining Underrepresented Populations in Teaching Science and Mathematics (RECRUIT), National Science Foundation, 5/1/2002 12:00:00 AM - 6/30/2008 12:00:00 AM

Principal InvestigatorThe development of global and science epistemologies during the school years, Campus Research Board, 1/1/2003 12:00:00 AM - 5/30/2005 12:00:00 AM

Co-Principal InvestigatorEntrepreneurial Leadership in STEM Teaching & Learning (EnLiST), National Science Foundation, 1/1/2009 12:00:00 AM - 12/31/2014 12:00:00 AM

Principal InvestigatorThe Development of Views about the Nature of Scientific Knowledge and Knowing in the Middle and High School Years, Campus Research Board, 11/15/2000 12:00:00 AM - 11/15/2001 12:00:00 AM


Science Ed & Phil of Science Surveys issues in philosophy of science that are central to science education through an exploration of the works of twentieth century philosophers of science who were most influential in shaping thinking about science in the science education community. Relevant readings from science and history of science are also explored. Course Information: Prerequisite: College level coursework in a science discipline or consent of instructor.

Fouad Abd El Khalick

Associate Dean for Research and Research Education, Education Administration



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