Professor Emeritus and founding director of the Lesley University Ph.D. Program in Educational Studies
George E. Hein, Professor Emeritus
Professional Title: Professor Emeritus, Senior Research Associate
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Science education, museum education
Education: BA, Cornell University; MS, University of Michigan; PhD, University of Michigan
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions: G. E. Hein, Progressive Museum Practice: John Dewey and Democracy, Left Coast Press, 2012.G.E. Hein, Learning in the Museum, London: Routledge, 1998.G. E. Hein, “A Progressive Education Perspective on Evaluation,” In B. S. Engel and A. C. Martin, eds. Holding Values: What We Mean by Progressive Education, Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2005, pp. 176-181.G. E. Hein, "The Challenge of Constructivist Teaching," in E. Mirochnik and D. C. Sherman, editors, Passion and Pedagogy: Reflection, Creation, and Transformation in Teaching, Peter Lang: New York, 2002.G. E. Hein, "The Logic of Program Evaluation: What Should We Evaluate in Teacher Enhancement Projects?" in Friel, S. N. and G. W. Bright, Reflecting on Our Work: NSF Teacher Enhancement in K-6 Mathematics, Lanham, MD: University Press of American Inc., 1996.
George E. Hein, originally trained as a chemist, turned to science education and then museum education, joining Lesley University in 1975. He became Professor Emeritus in 1998. He was a Fulbright Research Fellow in Science Education at Kings’ College, London (1990), visiting faculty member at the University of Leicester Museum Studies Program (1996), Howard Hughes Visiting Scholar at the California Institute of Technology (1998), Osher Fellow at The Exploratorium in San Francisco (1999), Visiting Professor at University of Technology, Sydney (2000), Research Fellow at the Center for Education and Museum Studies at the Smithsonian Institution (2009-10), and Guest Scholar at The J. Paul Getty Museum in 2011. He is the author, with Mary Alexander, of Museums, Places of Learning (AAM, 1998), Learning in the Museum (Routledge, 1998), and Progressive Museum Practice: John Dewey and Democracy (Left Coast Press, 2012), as well as numerous articles on visitor studies, museum education and museology. He has lectured widely in the United States and abroad including Austria, Brazil, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Mexico, Norway, Spain, and Taiwan. He has been active in ICOM/CECA serving as both secretary and president of CECA in the 1990s. His primary current interest is the significance of John Dewey’s work for museums. For more information and online publications and lectures, see http://george-hein.comView Dr. Hein's Curriculum Vitae.
Two lectures by George Hein:"Why Museum Educators?" Keynote address, ICOM/CECA meeting, Zagreb, Croatia. September 18, 2011. "An Introduction to Constructivist Learning Education Theory." Keynote address, Internationalt Formidlingsseminar, Nyborg, Denmark. March 15, 2010.
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